Languedoc Roussillon’s leading wine producer, Gerard Bertrand, has bought a 35-hectare organic estate of vines in Cahors in a deal completed last week.
The Domaine de Cause was bought on Wednesday September 7 by Gérard Bertrand, which thus becomes the first Bertrand property outside Languedoc Roussillon, and brings the total number of châteaux and wine estates in the portfolio to 17.
Addressed exclusively to the beverage trade From his headquarters in La Clape, Château L’Hsopitalet, Bertrand on Friday said he had acted on impulse when it came to buying the property in Cahors, which is based in south-west France. .
“I fell in love with the beauty of the place, it was heartbreaking,” he said. db.
The current owners, Serge and Martine Costes, had decided to sell Domaine de Cause because their children did not want to take over the estate, according to Bertrand, who describes the place as an excellent place for Malbec – which must constitute a minimum of 70 % of wines bearing the Cahors appellation.
Bertrand also said it was “the perfect time” for the acquisition as Domaine de Cause has just completed a conversion to organic viticulture and obtained AB certification.
Bertrand being a specialist in biodynamic viticulture, he will immediately ask for the certification of this agricultural philosophy which, according to him, would take a year because the property was already certified organic, which means that his Cahors could be labeled biodynamic from the vintage of the vineyard. ‘next year.
Speaking in more detail about the estate, he said: “I am delighted because this is my first time making wine in Cahors, and it will be my first time making wine with old Malbec”, adding that the vines are between 25 and 50 years old.
In conclusion, he said his goal was to make “a premium Cahors – not just a premium Malbec; I want to reveal the meaning of this place.
In addition to 35ha of vines, including 20ha of Malbec, the Domaine de Cause included pastures for sheep and forests of white oaks and chestnut trees, as well as a set of stone buildings at the heart of the estate.
Located in the commune of Soturac, near the hamlet of Cavagnac, the estate is in an exposed setting at an altitude of 350m, with soils based on limestone and iron oxide, which, according to Bertrand, offered favorable conditions. ideal for Malbec.