2016 Gerard Bertrand Extra Blanc, Pays d’Oc IGP, Sud de France
Score : 81/100
Extra Blanc by prominent and famous Languedoc producer Gerard Bertrand is a blend of mainly Grenache Blanc grapes, typical of that part of the Mediterranean coast.
This Languedoc white comes in a pale lemon-yellow color with slight green hues. Like a refreshing and quaffable white it looks like.
The nose is super fresh, and really quite fragrant: floral, citrusy but also ripe.
Elderflower, apricot, and lemon dominate the aromatic profile. Much like a delicate dry Muscat, it’s like a flowery orchard when it’s blooming to smell. Fresh and zesty with a few (white peppery) spices to spice thing up a little!
The palate feels dry (though it might have a touch of residual sugar but not much, just for the balance), with refreshing acidity which amplifies the wine’s zestiness. Here too, it’s a burst of stonefruit and citrus fruits mixed with floral characters.
A well-made, very fresh and pure fragrant white wine that provides an upfront crisp and zesty floral experience. Nicely balanced with a light body, it is easy to enjoy and sip nonchalantly, on its own (its good balance allowing it well) or with unpretentious appetizers.