Gérard Bertrand - White Cigalus 2018
Gérard Bertrand - White Cigalus 2018 (90 TSW)
Last year I had the honor to visit this beautiful estate in the Languedoc region. Gérard Bertrand acquired the estate in 1995. At that time, he was already treating himself solely with homeopathy and was actively thinking about its application to the cultivation of the vine, which is the whole purpose of biodynamics. This approach puts the energy of the soil at the heart of the process.
Gérard Bertrand is one of the most dynamic and brilliant winemakers from the South of France, where he owns several estates among the most prestigious terroirs of Languedoc Roussillon; in 2012 ex-Rugby star Gérard Bertrand received honours for "European Winery of the Year" by Wine Enthusiast and "Red Wine Maker of the Year" by the IWC.
About the wine:
A blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier and Rousanne.
The grapes, harvested by hand, are pneumatically pressed as soon as they arrive at the winery. After alcoholic fermentation, 70% of the wine is aged in new French oak barrels for 7 to 8 months with regular stirring until the spring equinox.
First I used the VSPIN to decanter this young white wine.
In the glass a bright golden yellow color.
On the medium+ nose aromas of peach, apricot and citrus with soft integrated hints of cedar, butter, honey and nutty vanilla.
On the palate dry, medium bodied with medium acidity and nice freshness. Very well balanced with a great round mouthfeel. Light toasty with stone fruit, green apple, vanilla and butter. Long aftertaste. Very well done! Would like to try after five more years.
Great with fried scallops and fish dishes in rich sauces.