Cigalus, the official wine of the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony Banquet 2018
This year, after months of perparation, the Nobel Academy has chosen Domaine de Cigalus 'Cigalus Rouge' Gérard Bertrand 2016 from a shortlist of 300 wines to accompany the menu for the banquet to be held on Monday, December 10, 2018, in Stockholm in Sweden. Chosen by a committee whose job is to review the food and wines to decide on the perfect pairings to serve laureates.
"We are proud and honoured to be part of the celebration for this event and I congratulate all the Nobel Prize 2018 winners," commented Gérard Bertrand.
Each year Nobel Prizes are presented in Stockholm during a huge official ceremony in honour of the Laureates and in the presence of the Swedish Royal family. Relayed live on television around the globe, the prize-giving speeches, the philharmonic concert and the dinner bring together leading figures from the worlds of science, research and literature.
Cigalus is one of the 15 Gérard Bertrand estates. Located in Bizanet, in Aude in the south of France, Cigalus is also the home of Mr Bertrand and his family. Since 2002 the vineyard has been farmed using biodynamic methods and the wines from it are Demeter-certified.
The red wine chosen by the Nobel Academy to celebrate the 2018 prizes is a blend of seven varieties of grape. The Syrah and Carignan are vatted in whole bunches and then undergo carbonic maceration to extract the finest of their colour and the suppleness of their tannins. The other varieties (Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, Caladoc and Mourvèdre) are destemmed and undergo traditional maceration. The juices are blended in February and then matured for 12 months in new, French oak barrels. They are aged in the bottle for at least one year before being released on to the market. Cigalus red offers a subtle balance, like a bridge between international and local grape varieties. It owes its unique character to the silkiness of its tannins, to the richness of its texture and to a complex, aromatic trilogy of flowers, fruit and spices (peony, blueberry and cedar) born of this singular blend.