The grapes to produce Domaine de Cigalus “Cigalus Blanc” Gérard Bertrand were manual harvested and 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. Domaine de Cigalus “Cigalus Blanc” 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.
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.
Gérard Bertrand is one of the most important wine producers in the south of France, where he owns many estates among the most prestigious cru of Languedoc-Roussillon. Previously the IWC red wine producer of the year and the European winery of the year for wine enthusiasts, is known locally as the “king” of Languedoc. Raised in the Languedoc vineyards, Gérard Bertrand is committed to sharing the characteristics and exceptional diversity of each of the terroirs; 20 years of experience ensure that the wines with his signature have a unique style, guided by the fundamental values of excellence, authenticity, conviviality and innovation. We are proud to represent this leading French name in the United Kingdom.