2017 Domaine Chante Cigale Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Winemaker Notes: As at many family domaines with deep roots in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, vigneron Alexandre Favier was by his own account “raised in the vineyards”: Alexandre’s grandfather, Noël Sabon, is from one of the best known winemaking families in the region. Alexandre himself began his viticultural studies in Orange at the age of fifteen and passed the exams four years later in 2001. A year later (at age twenty!) he took over winemaking duties at the domaine when his father experienced health problems.
This is a traditional house with 40 hectares of red grapes and 5 hectares of white. They have parcels in all of the main soil types of Châteauneuf and they vinify the top parcels separately. Only native yeasts are employed in the cellar, and the reds are mostly de-stemmed.
65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 5% Cinsault. The wines are made in 70% in tank (stainless steel and cement) and 30% in used barrels.
Madeline Triffon, MS Selection:"Value Alert! Showing very well in its youth, with dusty earth and dried herb scents. Traditional and complex."
Wine Enthusiast - "This is an intoxicating, intriguing wine that introduces itself with whiffs of bramble and forest, charred plum and crushed pepper. A Grenache-dominant blend of Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault vinified with no new oak, it offers profoundly ripe blackberry flavor marked by a swathe of velveteen tannins and zips of tart cassis acidity. Inviting already but should improve through 2030."
Jeb Dunnuck - "Not yet bottled, the 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape nevertheless is loaded with potential. Rocking notes of black raspberries, new saddle leather, spring flowers, and ground pepper all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, deep, layered 2017 that has ripe tannins and a great finish. It's going to hit the ground running and drink spectacularly well for 10-15 years. The blend is 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, and the balance Cinsault, brought up in foudre and demi-muids. 92-94pts"
Vinous - "Deep crimson. A complex, expansive bouquet evokes smoky red and blue fruits, potpourri, licorice, game and garrigue. Stains the palate with sweet boysenberry, black raspberry and lavender pastille flavors sharpened by building spice and mineral notes. Finishes with strong tenacity, a touch of smoked meat and youthfully gripping tannins. Barrel Sample: 91-92pts"
|Winery||Domaine Chante Cigale|
|Grape Varietals||Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah|