In a nutshell: A lush, rich and aromatic biodynamic red blend from the Languedoc.
The lowdown: This is one of Gérard Bertrand's top wines made from fruit grown at the Domaine de Cigalus just outside Narbonne which he made his home in 1995. It's a blend of seven grape varieties led by Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot it has an intense ruby colour with a slight mahogany tinge. At first the bouquet shouts concentrated ripe black fruit and 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 and the finish long and perfectly balanced.
When to drink: Made by one of the south of France's biodyanmic pioneers this is perfect for red meat dishes, poultry in rich sauces, or mature cheeses.
Gérard Bertrand is one of the most outstanding winemakers in the South of France, where he owns numerous estates around his base of Narbonne in some of the most prestigious crus in Languedoc-Roussillon.
Formerly the IWC Red Winemaker of the Year and Wine Enthusiast's European Winery of the Year, he is known locally as the "King" of the Languedoc. Brought up in the Languedoc vineyards, Gérard Bertrand is committed to sharing the characteristics and exceptional diversity of each of the terroirs. 20 years of expertise ensures that wines bearing Gérard Bertrand's signature have a unique style, driven by the fundamental values of excellence, authenticity, conviviality and innovation.
In 2002 at his estate at Cigalus, which happens to be his family home, he began converting to biodynamic on a couple of hectares of vines. Since then he gradually converted the rest of the estate until, in 2010, he obtained Demeter certification here. Now nine of his other properties have also obtained the same certification and his commitment to producing high quality wines while respecting the environment is stamped on everything he produces.
Prior to life as a successful vigneron Bertrand was a top level Rugby Union player. He played for Narbonne for many years before finishing his career as the captain of Stade Français in 1994.