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Gerard Bertrand Cigalus Blanc IGP Aude Hauterive 2016
6 Bottles: £148.18
Country - France
Region - Languedoc-Roussillon
Grape Varieties - Chardonnay 70%, Viognier 20%, Sauvignon Blanc 10%
Alcohol by volume - 14.5%
Bottle - 75cl
Producer - Gérard Bertrand
Tasting notes - An intense, complex bouquet of ripe citrus fruits, grapefruit, with peach, honey and dried fruits, combines with lovely toasted notes. Full, rich and silky on the palate with vanilla, lightly toasted oak and buttery nuances layered with aromatic tropical fruits. Great length, which is lively and fresh.
Opulent,expressive and smooth with aromas of white
flowers and fresh citrus fruits, this is a complex and
layered wine, buttery and nutty.
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.
The vineyard is managed according to biodynamic philosophies, where the energy
of the soil lies at the heart of the process. All the work in the vineyard, from ploughing
to pruning, is driven by the lunar and solar calendar. Great care is taken in the
vineyards to achieve a healthy harvest, with low yields of 25hl/ha. Domaine de
Cigalus enjoys a hot, sunny climate, which ensures the early ripening of the grapes.
The very deep soil was formed by river deposits. It has a high water retention rate
and is infertile due to the presence of a chalky sandstone subsoil.
Manual harvesting started with the Sauvignon Blanc, then the Chardonnay and
finally the Viognier, when the grape varieties reached optimal ripeness. Immediate
pneumatic pressing was followed by a light static settling. 70% of the juice was
fermented in new French oak barrels, while the remaining 30% was vinified in
temperature controlled stainless steel vats. The wine then went through malolactic
fermentation. The wine in barrel was aged for approximately eight months with
frequent bâtonnage, while the wine in vat was aged on the fine lees. Bottled after a
An intense, complex bouquet of ripe citrus fruits, grapefruit, with peach, honey and
dried fruits, combines with lovely toasted notes. Full, rich and silky on the palate with
vanilla, lightly toasted oak and buttery nuances layered with aromatic tropical fruits.
Great length, which is lively and fresh.
Serve at 10 to 12°C as an apéritif, with pan-fried scallops or fish in a delicate white
Chardonnay 70%, Viognier 20%, Sauvignon Blanc 10%
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