Thursday, March 7, 2024

LeDomduVin: Chateau Bertinerie Des-Lyres de Bertinerie Rosé 2020 "Special Vaccin"

Chateau Bertinerie Des-Lyres de Bertinerie Rosé 2020 "Special Vaccin"

Love this label 😉😁🤣🤣🤣

First, it is fun and unconventional, a delight for the reader, and the producer must have had a blast creating it.

Second, "Des-Lyres" is a play-on-words that combines the French term “Lyres” (for "Lyra" - a type of vine training system) with the word “Délire” (for "Delirium” used in a more light-hearted and humorous sense, like "having fun”).

Third, it has been labeled “Anti-Vaccin” (for “Anti-Vaccine”) as it is 2020 vintage, the year the entire world stopped due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And thus, this wine was specifically crafted to be used as an anti-aging, anti-dote, anti-stress, anti-virus, anti-body (anti-corps), anti-morosity (anti-morosité), anti-depressant (anti-dépresseur), which I find inspiring, smart, witty, and funny. Well done by the Bantagnies family.

The Vignoble Bertinerie has been owned and operated by the same family for five generations. Today, it is managed by Eric and Frantz Bantagnies. The vineyard is under sustainable agriculture and is certified High Environmental Value (HVE). It is the largest vineyard in France under the "Lyre" vine training system, which produces fuller and smoother wines.

This Rosé comes from the young vines in the “Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux” AOC but has been voluntarily declared VDF (Vin de France). A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot (for 2020), it is vinified like a Provence, meaning from direct pressing.

The color is usually tinted with an elegant pale pink. The nose is ordinarily fresh and lively with stone fruit aromas. The palate usually displays beautiful minerality, chewable texture, good intensity, and length.

This bottle of wine was brought from France by my friends (Gaby & Loulou) who supply wine and know the Chateau Bertinerie family. Unfortunately, it did not travel well to Hong Kong and tasted old and oxidized. The unusual golden-orange color in the picture says it all. It's a 2020 rosé, only four years old, but not all rosés are meant to age or travel well. 😉


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