Gerard Bertrand Cigalus Blanc 2018

Gerard Bertrand Cigalus Blanc 2018

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The vineyard is managed according to the biodynamic system where the energy of the soil lies at the heart of the process. From planting, this vineyard was designed for the development of a top-of-the-range wine: choice of qualitative clones and high planting density greater than 5,000 vines per hectare; high wall bars to obtain a high leaf area favouring photosynthesis and maturation. Great care and attention is lavished on the vineyard in order to achieve a healthy harvest with moderate yields (25 hl/ha) and hence get the very best out of the grapes. The wine is made from a blend of Chardonnay, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc grape varietals. Each grape varietal is harvested when it reaches optimum ripeness and after they have been rigorously tasted. The hand-picked grapes are pneumatically pressed as soon as they get to the winery. After light static settling, some of the juice undergoes alcoholic fermentation in new barrels (70%), while the rest is vinified in stainless steel vats (30%). Malolactic fermentation is then performed. Temperature control is used to conserve all the freshness and integrity of the aromas. Maturation in barrels lasts 7 to 8 months – until the spring equinox – with regular stirring. After a light fining operation, the wine is bottled at 14%. (Bottle size 750ml)

Nose: Intense and complex nose of ripe citrus fruits (grapefruit), white peach, honey, dried fruit with a toasted note.

Palate: Full and silky, ripe, ample mouth with notes of vanilla, toast, butter and exotic fruits.

Finish: Elegantly balanced acidity, good length with lingering notes of honey and brioche. 

Gérard Bertrand started out in winemaking more than 30 years ago, following in the footsteps of his father Georges, whom Bertrand claims was one of the first winemakers in the Languedoc region to break away from producing entry level wines, and to concentrate on terroir.


Gerard Bertrand Cigalus Blanc 2018