A fantastic wine & truffle treat!

Lucky me! I’m not kidding. Myself and Alistair Cooper, Master of Wine (and client of Hello Henley) were invited as guests of the Gérard Bertrand Truffle and Pruning Festival #FeteTailleGB in Narbonne at the weekend. It was an absolutely fantastic experience. Narbonne itself is a wonderful place – I would throughly recommend a visit. Of course while there it would be unforgivable not to stay at (or at least visit) the biodynamic Chateau L’Hospitalet. This wonderful vineyard / hotel is located between land and sea and is the jewel of the Launguedoc-Roussillon.

During my visit I received a plethora of wine masterclasses, I learnt all about Winter pruning and even got to dabble in a spot of truffle hunting – led by Mosquito the sniffer dog. But hold the phone, that’s not all! I then delighted my senses with a gastronomic Gala Truffle Dinner, alongside Jon Bon Jovi (as you do).

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However, the biggest treat (and blush-moment) of the evening was Chateau L’Hospitalet owner and wine producer Gerard Bertrand gifting me (in person) with a very special wine – a 1977 Rivesaltes. A little bird told him it was my birth year. 


Whopping thanks to all the team at Gérard Bertrand, especially Anne Serres, Director of Communications, and of course, to Gérard himself!


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