2018 Gerard Bertrand Cigalus Rouge
2018 Gerard Bertrand Cigalus Rouge Intense ruby color with a mahogany hue. First, the bouquet shouts concentrated, very ripe black fruit. After a little time in the glass, more complexity with grilled spice and toasted oak unfolds. The palate of this 2018 vintage is lush and opulent with velvety tannins. The aromas of black fruit -blackberries, black cherries, and plums – reappear with a complex empyreumatic web leading into mint. The finish is long with a perfect balance. Winery.
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. The operations in the vineyard (pruning, ploughing, etc.) and in the cellar are governed by a calendar established mainly on the basis of two stars: the moon and the sun.
As a young married man, Gérard Bertrand settled in Cigalus and the birth of his children is a revelation: he wants for his family a preserved environment, cultivated (and not exploited) in accordance with his philosophy of life: “To inhabit the earth and respect it is the least we can do. The quality of life depends on it; it is my guide, my quest. This drier climate, this almost carnal contact with the earth beaten by the winds and the sun? At Cigalus, we commune with the earth, we recharge our batteries,” he sums up in Le Vin à la Belle Etoile.
In 2002, Gérard Bertrand began experimenting with Gilles de Baudus and Richard Planas on the practice of biodynamics on a few hectares. The conversion of the whole estate is progressive, as prudent as it is inevitable. Cigalus is certified Demeter in 2010.