Chateauneuf-du-Pape red 3 bottle case. Domaine Chante Cigale
Domaine Chante Cigale is today one of the most important family properties in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. It is now led by Alexandre Favier, who continues the tradition of family winemakers.
The Domain has a vineyard which extends over more than 40 hectares on the Châteauneuf du Pape appellation spread over 45 plots, scattered throughout this exceptional terroir: the diversity of soils and grape varieties allow develop unique wines. The spirit of the domain is ensured by Alexandre Favier and his team who themselves ensure each stage of the production of the estate's wines.
The soils of the vineyard are made up of clay and chalk covered with a layer of the classic large peebles ('galets') found in this area, which naturally keep yields low. The vines are over 60 years old and situated near the plateau de Carbières (close to Château Montredon). Harvesting is by hand, with selective sorting of the grapes. The grapes undergo a traditional long 'cuvaison' at quite high temperature and with extended maceration on the skins (21-24 days to extract plenty of colour, fruit and tannins. This is followed by ageing for between 14-18 months in 'foudre' (large oak barrels), 70% vats, 30% Burgundian pieces and casks.
This is a traditional Châteauneuf-du-Pape with a peppery, leathery nose. The palate is dry with spices, more pepper and a hint of vanilla before a delicious, firm finish.
Tasting notes from The Wine Advocate 91 rating
The full-bodied 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape is a blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre and 5% Cinsault. While not quite as good as the stellar 2015, it boasts silky tannins, plenty of cherry fruit and a dusting of ground pepper and allspice on the long finish.
Terroir: Rolled Pebbles (lieu-dit: Tresquoy, Cabrières)
Sandy (lieu-dit: Bois Dauphins)
Rolled Pebbles and limestone (lieu-dit: Palestor, la Roquette, Pied
Age of the vineyard: 60 years old
Grapes: Grenache 65% Syrah 20% Mourvèdre 10% Cinsault 5%
Vinification: Manual grape harvest and grape
selection Maceration of 21 to 24 days.
Aging: 70% in stainless steel vats, 30% in young barrels
Tasting: Nose full of fruit and spices
The mouth is fleshy with notes of red and black fruits enhanced
with very fine tannins.
Temperature of service: 16°C to 18°C
Case 3 X 75cl
vegetarian, vegan sustainable