Domaine Chante Cigale White
Domaine Chante Cigale - Châteauneuf-du-Pape
White,Châteauneuf-du-Pape
20% Clairette - 20% Roussanne - 20% Bourboulenc -20% Grenache Blanc- 20% Picpoul
history
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...
Vineyard
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
Winemaking
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
Press
Current and upcoming vintage ratings :
202092 Wine Spectator
Previous rating
201992 Wine Advocate
201890 Jed Dunnuck
201890 Wine Enthusiast
92
2019
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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