2009 Chante Cigale Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah and the rest Mourvedre and other varietals, the 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape is a round, generously endowed, corpulent effort with lots of garrigue, pepper, smoked meat, kirsch and raspberry fruit notes. This full-bodied, silky smooth, sexy Chateauneuf can be drunk over the next decade.
This has a distinctive floral note of violet and rose petal up front, followed by a racy, mouthwatering mix of black currant, cherry and black Mission fig fruit flavors. The long, incense-tinged finish glides along nicely. Best from 2013 through 2020.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby. Red fruits, dried flowers and herbs on the fragrant nose. The palate displays nicely concentrated redcurrant and cherry flavors and a hint of candied lavender. Closes down with air and finishes on a slightly bitter note, with solid tannic grip and lingering smokiness.
17/20 points Jancis Robinson: "Meaty, confident, lots of carbon dioxide. Remarkably well-managed tannins and good fruit concentration. Neat with no excess of alcohol or tannin." 15% abv.