Biodynamic wines from South of France

The Gerard Bertrand bundle features four biodynamic wines from two estates in southern France.
The Gerard Bertrand bundle features four biodynamic wines from two estates in southern France.PHOTO: ASIA WINE NETWORK

Sustainability is an upward trend in Europe and leading winegrower Gerard Bertrand in Southern France produces highly rated wines from vineyards with biodynamic certification.

Four signature biodynamic wines from its vineyards and wineries are now available on ST Wine's online site.

Biodynamic practices were introduced at the Domaine de Cigalus vineyard in 1995. In 2010, the vineyard was certified biodynamic by Demeter, an organisation that certifies biodynamic agriculture.

The 22ha estate has a fertile soil of clay and limestone. The biodynamic method of farming here is based on the use of compost and biodynamic mixtures made from medicinal plants instead of chemical treatments. Cigalus wines have been selected by major airlines to be served in business-class cabins.

The estate's Cigalus White IGP white wine is made from Chardonnay, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc. Grapes are handpicked and pressed immediately on arrival at the winery.

The wine has been awarded 90 points by the Wine Enthusiast. It is a bold and powerful white wine with complexity. It has a floral and citrusy aroma, and is fresh on the palate with a light oaky taste.

The Cigalus Red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Grenache and Carignan. The wine is highly concentrated with ripe black fruit and, on the palate, it is velvety with tannins and a hint of mint.

In 2011, the Gerard Bertrand wine group acquired the Chateau la Sauvageonne in north-west of Montpellier and converted it to biodynamic status by 2013.

The Chateau la Sauvageonne Wild Woman is a rose wine made from a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah. It has intense aromas of red fruit, berries, violet, rose and slight oak. On the palate, it is fresh and rich.

The Chateau la Sauvageonne Grand Vin made from Syrah, Grenache and Caignan grapes is ruby-coloured. On the nose, it is fruity with lively notes of spices. It can be enjoyed now or cellared for a few more years.

Get the featured Gerard Bertrand wines at a special package price of $268 nett for four bottles (delivery included) at stwine.sg/eventspromotions.

For inquiries, e-mail STWine@sph.com.sg or call 6319-5076 during office hours.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 29, 2017, with the headline 'Biodynamic wines from South of France'. Print Edition | Subscribe