2009 Chante Cigale Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1090413 91 points 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.  (10/ 2011)

91 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (2/ 2012)

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.  (2/ 2012)

K&L Notes

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.

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By: Jeffrey Jones |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/20/2012  | Send Email
A delicious wine from a great vintage at a wonderful price. The Chante Cigale is juicy, rich and round but is balnced out with hints of mineral and earth. This wine is very drinkable now and will go well with hearty foods.

By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/31/2012  | Send Email
Loads of dark fruit and spice. This 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape from Domaine Chante Cigale combines a rich, silky texture with superb underlying structure - lively acidity and firm tannins. So inviting you will want to drink this now, but with sufficient character to age well for a decade or more. The best part? Because we buy direct from the producer in France we can offer this incredible Rhone wine at a price less than $30.

By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/29/2012  | Send Email
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Compile a list of most sought after attributes in a bottle of wine and complexity, a sense of elegance and harmonious balance often lead. To achieve these qualities time and again the wine must be a pure expression of the terroir and harvest from which it evolved, which is one reason why traditional Chateauneuf-du-Pape can be so praiseworthy, seductive and provocative. Named for the iconic cicadas that resonate with unabashed abandon throughout the Rhône, Domaine Chante Cigale consistently achieves memorable wines from its 40 hectares under cultivation. With vines averaging over 50 years, this hearty, powerful Grenache-based blend is a textbook of pressed flowers cascading into a potpourri of flavors— dark berries flecked with pepper, ripe figs and roasted meat, silky black tea, Provençal herbs, all framed by firm tannins and a smoky finish. Enthralling wine at an affordable price.
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By: Adam Parry |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/28/2012  | Send Email
60% Grenache , 20% Syrah and the rest Mourvedre. Just a delightful Chateauneuf du Pape. This full-bodied , silky smooth, sexy wine can be enjoyed over the decade.Check out the price tag. Under 30 dollars.

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape

Alcohol Content (%): 15