jamie goode's wine blog: Cigalus - top Languedoc white

Friday, January 09, 2009

Cigalus - top Languedoc white

Don't come across many high-end Languedoc whites, but here's one that's been on my sample rack for a while. It's really refined and pretty serious, but I'm not sure about the price tag (it says 26.99 Oddbins, although I don't think they have any still in stock).

Gerard Bertrand Cigalus 2007 Vin de Pays d'Oc, France
75% Chardonnay, 20% Viognier and 5% Sauvignon Blanc, two-thirds of which is fermented and aged in new oak. It's a really refined wine that shows great balance between the lush, rounded, opulent Viognier and Chardonnay characters, and an innate sort of fruity freshness, which keeps it from being at all heavy. It's even a bit floral. The oak is really well integrated, just supplying a little vanilla spice and subtle breadiness. Overall, it's a really refined, modern wine of real poise, and the Viognier is adding something distinctive to it. 91/100

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At 8:45 AM, Blogger rodbod said...

I work at one of the Glasgow Oddbins and we do still have a case or so of Cigalus left, and its price is now down to under 19 quid.

At 8:22 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Thanks Rodbod. I guess a few stores will still carry stock then.

At 10:31 PM, Blogger BS said...

I have the Cigalus Red (2003) sitting in my wine rack, just wondering what king of blend it is and if its any good?

At 1:21 PM, Blogger rodbod said...

It's 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% old vine Merlot. A rich soft style of wine, so don't keep it much longer - maybe three years at most.


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