The grapes to produce Domaine de Cigalus “Cigalus Rouge” Gérard Bertrand were picked by hand in early October once they had reached optimum maturity. The whole bunches of Domaine de Cigalus “Cigalus Rouge” 2018 – Gérard Bertrand 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.
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.
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.