Gerard Bertrand Domaine de Cigalus Blanc Pays d'Oc 2018
£169.02 Price Per Case ( 6 Bottles )
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.
91-93 pts, Robert Parker, 2019
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Opulent, expressive and smooth with aromas of white flowers and guava, this is a complex and layered wine, elegant and buttery.
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.
While 2017 had a dry summer with lots of berries and not much juice, 2018 had enough occasional rain to fill the grapes with juice. The harvests took place under excellent conditions, delivering good quality crops and bringing 2018 in line with previous years; with the promise of a very good vintage.
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 25 hectolitres per hectare. 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 chalky sandstone subsoil.
Manual harvesting was triggered grape variety by grape variety when they had 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 to conserve freshness and the integrity of aromas. The wine in barrel was aged for approximately eight months- until the spring equinox- with frequent bâtonnage, while the wine in vat was aged on the fine lees.
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.
Chardonnay 70%, Viognier 20%, Sauvignon Blanc 10%
91-93 pts, Robert Parker, 2019
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