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Gerard Bertrand Cigalus Rouge IGP Aude Hauterive 2017
£147.89 Price Per Case ( 6 Bottles )
Country - France
Region - Languedoc-Roussillon
Grape Varieties - Cabernet Sauvignon 40%, Syrah 30%, Merlot 20%, Carignan 5%, Grenache 5%
Alcohol by volume - 15%
Bottle - 75cl
Producer - Gérard Bertrand
Tasting notes - 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.
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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. Domaine de Cigalus enjoys a hot, sunny Mediterranean climate, ensuring early ripening of all the grape varieties. The estate is cultivated with biodynamic agriculture 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.
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Carignan and Grenache. The grapes were picked by hand in early October once they had reached optimum
maturity. The bunches were carefully placed whole 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 a carbonic maceration. The other varietals were destemmed and vinified in the traditional way for 20 days under controlled temperatures. The wines were placed in 225 litre new French oak barrels, for 12 months. The wine was bottled unfiltered, followed by further bottle ageing prior to release.
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.
To be opened one or two hours before serving at 16°C, perfect with roasted red meat, poultry with sauces or ripened cheese.
Cabernet Sauvignon 40%, Syrah 30%, Merlot 20%, Carignan 5%, Grenache 5%
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- 6 Bottles