Narbo Martius, a wine rich in History
Narbonne was founded in 118BC at the crossroads of the Roman roads Via Domitia and Via Aquitania. With its ancient port it was the capital of Roman Gaul and called Narbo Martius, after Mars the god of war, fertility and agriculture. Since this time vines have firmly taken root here.
Gerard Bertrand has made his mark on this land. He was born in the Corbieres wine region and after a brilliant international rugby career in Narbonne and Paris, he multiplied his successes as a wine maker and seller. From his original Villemajou estate in Boutenac he developed his portfolio to achieve a worldwide reputation and today the former rugbyman heads 11 estates and chateaux in the finest Languedoc and Roussillon appellations, totalling over 600ha of vines.
The sportsman is committed to sustainable development and knows well about working as a team. With Neotera, the wine growers cooperative (Narbonne and Ouveillan), he pays tribute to the territory's Latin past with his wine Narbo Martius, produced in the three wine colours and grown on carefully selected terrain. In a bottle symbolising an amphora* and the Provincia region's 2000 years of wine making history, one can sample a bright white wine with notes of citrus and white flowers, a rosé with a perfume of spiced red fruits and a red with a breathe of the garrigue. Hubert BEAUCHAMP
* A short distance from Narbonne, in Sallèles-d’Aude is the Amphoralis museum, built on the site of a former pottery workshop whose amphoras holding wine and olive oil were destined for as far away as Sri Lanka and India
Château L’Hospitalet, à Narbonne (Aude)
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