Wine of the Month: Orange Gold, a Sunny Bottle from Southern France

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Gérard Bertrand “Orange Gold” 2021, Vin de France. This is somewhere between a white and a rose, a skin-contact wine from a renown biodynamic producer. A blend of Chardonnay, Muscat, Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Roussanne and Clairette, the wine is AB (Agriculture Biologique) certified. The winemaker notes this bottling is in tribute to the orange wines of Georgia, the region whose ancient wine-making techniques in buried clay pots (qvevri), have been recognized as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. The name, Orange Gold, “pays homage to the power of the sun and the magnificent sunsets of the South of France.”

Over the years Gérard Bertrand has become a brand, with four wineries and a hospitality destination under its umbrella, but the winemaker remains a down-to-earth champion of southwest France and earth-friendly farming, known to show up to events with mud on his boots.

For this wine, the grapes were handpicked, vinified and fermented in whole bunches (semi-carbonic maceration) for 10 to 15 days. It finishes in barrels, but without any oak influence imparted to the wine, maximizing its freshness and fruit profile.

Redolent of white flowers, fresh peach and apricot, on the palate, the wine is tropical-fruited, full-bodied and complex, smacking of tangerine, melon and spices. Delicious with soft cheeses, curry dishes and other spicy Asian foods. $20-$25 SRP.

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