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Wine of the Week from O'Briens: Gérard Bertrand Solensis 2015
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Wine of the Week from O’Briens: Gérard Bertrand Solensis 2015

They say that wine is sunshine in a bottle, perhaps, it is a brief moment in the universe infused in grape juice. Or maybe it’s simply a wonderful chemical reaction. From the unapologetically esoteric to the accurately scientific, everyone has their own approach to wine, and their own secrets to make it the right way.

While there are many paths to winemaking, the ultimate goal is a shared one: to make the best possible wine with the resources and know-how at hand. Whether you wish upon a star or you have a cutting edge, lab-coated R+D team, it’s all about creating wines that people want to drink and, if you can keep both, wine lovers and Mother Nature happy, what’s not to celebrate?

Wine of the Week from O'Briens: Gérard Bertrand Solensis 2015Gérard Bertrand Solensis 2015 comes from the Languedoc-Rousillon where it’s made by the prestigious hands of Gérard Bertrand, who also signs the book Wine, Moon and Stars. In this memoir, Bertrand talks about making wine with his father during his youth, and his move from professional rugby to the family’s vineyard, which was awarded European Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast in 2012.

The wine is a Syrah-Grenache blend, certified Organic, and it shows a clear appearance, with an intense and youthful ruby colour. A clean and moderately intense nose shows ripe cherries and blackberries with a delicate hint of pepper.

The delicate nose progresses to a vibrant palate where the friendliness of the forest fruit, the structure of its minerality (more river than sea) and the warmth of a gentle touch of pepper and clove make a solid triangle of balance that makes you want another sip.

Being a Syrah and Grenache blend, you’ll have mild tannins and a refreshing acidity. The alcohol level is on the upper side of normal at 13.5% ABV and the wine’s body is medium, with a smooth texture that just lets the flavours fly through.

It’s a wine that will do well by itself, but if you are looking for food pairing ideas, try it with mildly spiced meat dishes such as Moroccan Beef Stew or Rack of Lamb with Freekeh & Roasted Squash.

Gérard Bertrand Solensis 2015, is available at O’Briens Wines and it’s on offer at €12.95, with 28% off its regular price of €17.95.


Gaby ProfileGabriela’s passion for writing is only matched by her love for food and wine. Journalist, confectioner and sommelier, she fell in love with Ireland years ago and moved from Venezuela to Dublin in 2014.

Since then, she has written about and worked in the local food scene, and she’s determined to discover and share the different traditions, flavours and places that have led Irish food and drink to fascinate her.

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