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WA94 Chateauneuf at 25% Below Market - Value of the Vintage Potential - 12/11/2017 - Rhone Valley

Given its 94-point review and lowest-in-the-country price of $29.99, the 2015 Chante Cigale Châteauneuf-du-Pape is primed to become a best-seller. Chante Cigale has been one of our best kept secrets but that's about to change in a big way. Winemaker Alexander Favier has made all the right steps to raise the status of this well-regarded estate. Take for example this brilliant 2015. Done up in a fruit-driven modern style, it still never loses sight of the earthy rusticity that is so central to the beauty of CDP. This joining of old world and new world approaches plays out beautifully in the glass, offering fresh and expressive black fruits along with accents of baking spice, and wild flowers. The 2015 CDPs are among the best we’ve had over the last decade with the Chante Cigale standing among the best. As most top-tier CDPs climb into the $70 to $100 range, it is a breath of fresh air to find the Chante Cigale for under $30. It is easily among the best values we’ve seen in 2017 and will be a welcome addition to any cellar.

This product is expected to arrive for shipment or pickup by Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

2015 Chante Cigale Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival, Elsewhere $40) ($29.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One surprise to emerge from this blind tasting was the super performance of Chante Cigale's 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape. This full-bodied blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre and 5% Cinsault boasts wonderfully supple, creamy tannins, raspberry and cherry fruit, and a dusting of cinnamon and allspice on the long, dusty finish. Bravo! (JC)Another rising star, the young Alexander Favier continues to release deep, rich and concentrated Châteauneuf du Papes that have beautiful purity of fruit as well as classic Southern Rhône characters. The 2015s across the board look to be outstanding wines." (10/2017)

91-93 points Vinous: "Vivid ruby-red. Powerful cherry and black raspberry scents are complemented by hints of licorice pastille and potpourri. Broad and fleshy on the palate, offering appealing sweet red and dark berry and spicecake flavors and repeating florality. Tightens up slowly and becomes spicier on the finish, which clings with impressive tenacity and smooth tannins. (JR)" (03/2017)

K&L Notes: Chante Cigale means singing cicada. The property has been in the family since the 19th century and is currently run by Alexandre Favier, who assumed the reins at the ripe old age of 20! The domaine is planted to 40 ha of red and 5 ha of white on 45 different parcels throughout the appellation. The red is made with 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, and 5% Cinsault using native yeasts and matured in a mix of foudres, tanks, and a small amount of new and used barrels.

Staff ImageKeith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 28, 2017

We have been privileged to work with Chante Cigale for about 15 years now. An estate on the rise, they have always been one of our favorite value conscious CDPs, offering great classic character in their wines with open flavors that expand in the glass. They deliver the goods regardless of vintage. I've visited the estate on three separate occasions but I first tasted the 2015 in barrel in early 2016. It was piecemeal, with components coming from large foudre, to smaller barrique and concrete tank. Each parcel spoke to the potential of the 2015 vintage and I felt deep in my bones that this was going to be one of the sensations of the vintage. Earlier this year, 2017 that is, I paid a visit to check the progress of the the new wines and got to taste the now finished and bottled 2015. The parts were harmonious showing depth, length and layers of the sweet polished fruit that are hallmarks of this exciting vintage. Proprietor Alexandre Favier invited me to stay for a quick homemade lunch (his mother is a great cook) of blanquette de veau which we had with the 2016 Blanc (equally terrific) and this new vintage with some cheeses. A wonderful way to while away the day. Of course, Alex is a perfectionist and did not want to release the wine just then deciding to wait until later in the fall (now) and offered us our allocation. Since we have been great supporters, we got a good slug but will it be enough? You'll have to trust us that after you get the wine in ea