Gerard Bertrand Cigalus Rouge 2020


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Gerard Bertrand Cigalus Rouge is an intense ruby colour with a mahogany hue. Intense, complex and very aromatic nose; very ripe black fruit, jam, spice, liquorice and truffle. The palate is lush and rich with velvety tannins. The aromas of black fruit - blackberries, black cherries and plums - reappear and leading into mint. The finish is long with a perfect balance.

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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.

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RRP £32.75
Vintage 2020
Alcoholic strength 15.5%
Grapes Cabernet Sauvignon 30%, Cabernet Franc 20%, Merlot 20%, Grenache 10%, Caladoc 5%, Carignan 5%
Body D
Vegetarian No
Vegan No
Milk No
Eggs No
Organic Yes
Biodynamic Yes
Gérard Bertrand

Gérard Bertrand is one of the most outstanding winemakers in the South of France, where he owns numerous estates among the most prestigious crus of Languedoc Roussillon. Formerly the IWC Red Winemaker of the Year and Wine Enthusiast's European Winery of the Year, he is known locally as the "King" of the Languedoc. Brought up in the Languedoc vineyards, Gérard Bertrand is committed to sharing the characteristics and exceptional diversity of each of the terroirs. 20 years of expertise ensures that wines bearing Gérard Bertrand's signature have a unique style, driven by the fundamental values of excellence, authenticity, conviviality and innovation.

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