This intense, complex wine shows delicious flavours of black plum , chocolate and coffee with a velvety mouthfeel, smooth and elegant.
Gérard Bertrand is one of the most outstanding winemakers in the South of France. A biodynamic pioneer, he owns numerous estates among the most prestigious crus of Languedoc-Roussillon. Formerly the IWC Red Winemaker of the Year and winner of Wine Enthusiast‘s European Winery of the Year, Gérard has been cited as the “King of the Languedoc” among critics. Gérard Bertrand lives on this Domaine surrounded by the vineyards where he first experimented with biodynamics. Cradled in a secluded valley of the Corbières, in the terroir of Fontfroide or ‘cold springs’, Domaine de Cigalus benefits from their tempering influences on its hot and sunny, semi-arid Mediterranean climate. The estate is cultivated biodynamically and produces wines which are powerful and structured with elegance and a true sense of terroir.
Domaine Cigalus enjoys a hot, sunny Mediterranean climate, which is semi-arid. This climate with its low rainfall is offset by the very deep soils, which store the winter rains for longer, but are less fertile due to the presence of slightly chalky sandstone in the subsoil. The vineyard is managed according to the biodynamic system, where the energy of the soil lies at the heart of the process. All the work in the vineyard and in the cellar is driven by a calendar based on two celestial objects: the moon and the sun. The vines are in equilibrium with the soil and are therefore able to give full expression of the terroir in the resultant wines.
The grapes were picked by hand in early October once they had reached optimum maturity. The whole bunches were carefully placed in "cagettes" (very small wooden crates) to preserve their condition and avoid any natural crushing. The Syrah and Carignan were vinified separately as whole bunches, undergoing carbonic maceration. The other varietals were destemmed and vinified in the traditional way for 20 days under controlled temperatures. The wines were transferred to 225 litre new French oak barrels, for 12 months.
Initially the bouquet shows concentrated, very ripe black fruit. After a little time in the glass, more complexity with grilled spice and toasted oak unfolds. The palate is lush and opulent, with velvety tannins. The aromas of blackberries, black cherries and plums reappear with mint overtones. The finish is long and in perfect balance.
Cabernet Sauvignon 30%, Cabernet Franc 20%, Merlot 20%, Grenache 10%, Caladoc 5%, Carignan 5%
Silver, SWA, 2019
91+ Pts, Robert Parker, 2019