Domaine Chante Cigale White
Domaine Chante Cigale - Châteauneuf-du-Pape
20% Clairette - 20% Roussanne - 20% Bourboulenc -20% Grenache Blanc- 20% Picpoul
Domaine Chante Cigale, located within the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, has been owned and operated by the Sabon Favier family for several generations. It covers 50 hectares of vineyards classified in the Châteauneuf-du- Pape appellation. More ten years ago, Christian Favier, the father, released the reins to his son,  Alexandre, who has soon become well-known in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. His wines has been lauded by famous journalist like Jancis Robinson , R parker or Steve Danzen...
The estate is located in a very stony part of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape area, where you can find the famous "galets roulés" (rolled pebbles). A large part of the vineyard is on the famous plateau de Cabrières, near to Château Montredon. Rolled pebbles (limestone). Vines : 45 years old - 5 Ha (12 acres) for the white wine - Yield : Average 24Hl/Ha - 1.5T. per acre
Manual grape harvest with selective sorting. Direct pressing .Alcoholic fermentation in stainless-steel vats ( 70 %) and burgundy barrels ( 30 %). No malolactic fermentation in order to maintain a good level of acidity. Ageing on fine lees for 6 months.
Tasting notes
A nose of exotic fruits and white flowers.A full-rounded mouth with finesse and a long mineral finish.
Food pairing
On its own or with shellfish and seafood, and with white meats "à la crème".
Aging potential
10 years.
Grape varieties
20% Clairette - 20% Roussanne - 20% Bourboulenc -20% Grenache Blanc- 20% Picpoul
Current and upcoming vintage ratings :
202092 Wine Spectator
Previous rating
201992 Wine Advocate
201890 Jed Dunnuck
201890 Wine Enthusiast
Unusual for the appellation, Chante Cigale's 2019 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc is equal parts five varieties: Bourboulenc, Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Picpoul and Roussanne. The result is a lively array of citrus notes on the nose, with hints of melon and pineapple in the mix as well. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, with a rich, silky feel and a languorous, slinky finish that adds hints of fennel seed. There's a bit of barrel used, but no overtly oaky aromas or flavors intrude.
Joe Czerwinski Wine Advocate
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