Gerard Bertrand Domaine de Cigalus Red 2011
Intense ruby colour 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 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.
Domaine Cigalus enjoys a hot, sunny Mediterranean climate (described as Òsemi-arid with temperate spring variantsÓ) ensuring early ripening of all the grape varieties. This arid climate (low rainfall) is offset by the very deep soils (sediments deposited by the Aussou, a stream at the edge of the estate) which store the winter rains for longer but which are less fertile due to the presence of a slightly chalky sandstone in the subsoil, dating back to the Campanian (secondary era, prior to the emergence of the Pyrenees). Grape varieties: Cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, syrah, grenache, carignan and caladoc.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot