A Pinot Noir and a Rosé from Gérard Bertrand Côte des Roses

Here are two more Gérard Bertrand Côte des Roses wines for you to try. The Pinot Noir 2019 and the Grenache-Syrah-Cinsault 2020 Rosé. The Rosé has been around for a while and has been a favourite of many people.  Again in the stylish bottle with the rose petal base and the glass stopper.  In case you did not know, all of Gérard Bertrand’s vineyards and wines are made following biodynamic principles.

My Wine Tasting Notes

Gérard Bertrand Côte des Roses Grenache-Syrah-Cinsault Rosé 2020 (BC$24.99)

Appearance: A lighter peach skin colour. Clear and bright.
Nose: Medium intensity aromas primarily of strawberries, but also a hint of candied red fruit.  Same aromas with decanting plus peach.
Palate: Slightly off-dry, thicker mouthfeel. Round but with acidic prickle to keep the wine fresh. Strawberries then tart red fruit and pears. Some grape stem tannins and minerality. Steely toward the finish. The wine is not as steely on the finish with decanting.  With decanting you can add peach flavour at the start and pepperiness begins mid-palate and continues to the finish.
Finish: Medium-plus length, steely finish with flavours of red cherries and strawberries to start then some tart fruit and pepperiness at the very end. The wine gets drier on the finish. I may have detected a whiff of orange after decanting.

An easy sipper.  Probably nice to pair with assorted cheese and charcuterie.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars Mainly strawberry aromas.  Slightly off-dry, thicker and round, and also has a nice acidic prickle on the tongue.  Strawberry then red fruit plus some grape stem toward the finish.  A little steely toward the finish sans decanting.

Gérard Bertrand Côte des Roses Grenache-Syrah-Cinsault Rosé 2020 and Pinot Noir 2019 with wines in glasses

Gérard Bertrand Côte des Roses Grenache-Syrah-Cinsault Rosé 2020 and Pinot Noir 2019 with wines in glasses

Gérard Bertrand Côte des Roses Pinot Noir 2019 (BC $25.99)

Appearance: Deeper, 60% opaque garnet, but still translucent to the core.
Nose: Medium-plus intensity aromas of crushed red berries meshed with nutmeg, raspberries and bramble berries. The aromas were slightly lighter after decanting, and you can add dark cherries to the list of aromas.
Palate: Dry, silky smooth, round with a thicker mouthfeel. Medium intensity fine-grained tannins. Ripe fruit flavours showing red berries, raspberries and bramble berries, along with nutmeg spice. Then add touches of candied red cherries and cinnamon spice. The major change I noted with decanting is that the red cherries and candied red cherries flavours appear at the start and then at the end of each sip.  I also picked up some vanilla flavour.
Finish: A medium length finishing with a mix of ripe and tart red fruits, and a touch of oak and floral. Lightly drying tannins. The wine was not as tart on the finish with decanting.  I noted red fruits, candied cherries and a touch of cinnamon flavours.

A crushable Pinot Noir.  I give the decanted version a slight edge, but however you enjoy it, you will enjoy it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars A darker translucent garnet colour.  Red berries, raspberries and brambleberry aromas along with a hint of nutmeg. Very silky smooth and round.  Red berries, raspberries and bramble berries along with a touch of candied red cherries and cinnamon on the palate.  Lightly drying tannins.

Where Can I Buy These Wines?

The Rosé is available at BC Liquor stores, while the Pinot Noir is new to our market and I do not yet have availability information.

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