Gérard Bertrand 2011 Chardonnay “Naturalys”

made with organic grapes; Pays D’oc IGP, southern France; 13.5% ABV
$4 at the Oakland, CA, store on 31 March

Bertrand_2011_Chard_NaturalysI think I bought all the Bertrand offerings present on the first day of the sale, and this is the last of them.  At the time, Delmartian1 wrote: It is much more in the style of a Californian or Australian chard and nothing like a French white Burgundy. Its OK but nothing special IMHO.  I agree.

The wine shows fruit of ripe yellow apple / melon, lemon, and pineapple, with reasonable fruit / acid balance.  The pineapple has a sort of overripe character that melds into too much oak, at least for me.  The overripe flavor / wood / maybe even oxidation makes the wine kind of unpleasant for me, although as the wine warms from fridge temp, the fruit comes forward more and more into balance.  I wouldn’t really recommend it, but I suppose it’s okay for the price.  The next day, the rest in the bottle was much the same.

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2 thoughts on “Gérard Bertrand 2011 Chardonnay “Naturalys”

  1. weinish

    As I mentioned regarding the Fitou or the Minervois, Bertrand’s wines just don’t taste French, per se. Maybe to a high level Som, but not to me. And not that this should matter much if the wine is good, like the Bertrand from months back. But still, when I buy a French wine I expect that experience. Not a new world Aussie/USA type.

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  2. lim13

    Chardonnay in a Bordeaux bottle couldn’t possibly be a “true” French Chardonnay…even from the south of France.

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