2013 Chante Cigale Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Deep red. Fresh, mineral-tinged red and dark berry scents are given depth by suggestions of licorice and cola. Sappy raspberry and boysenberry flavors show very good depth and pick up a suave lavender pastille nuance on the back half. Concentrated yet lively, delivering strong thrust and smooth, even tannins that build steadily through a long, floral-dominated finish. (JR)
Solidly ripe, with an ample core of raspberry, plum and blackberry puree notes, pushed by a lively licorice edge. Lots of fruitcake and sweet spice accents coat the finish, showing good energy for balance. Best from 2017 through 2028. 5,000 cases made. (JM)
Bright crimson. Firm and substantial with more obvious tannin than most but sufficient (just) fruit too. Not that sweet. Racy, food wine. Cool overall.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Showing nicely in the vintage, the 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape offers attractive notes of blackberries, crushed rocks, leather and wild herbs to go with a medium-bodied, balanced feel on the palate. It shows the austere edge that’s common in the vintage, but it has a classic feel and will drink well for 10-12 years. The blend here is 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre and 5% Cinsault that was raised mostly in concrete tank, yet with 30% in a combination of demi-muid and barrels. This family run estate covers just under 100 acres located mostly in the northern part of the appellation. From this, they make two whites and up to three reds. Today, the wines are made by Alexander Favier, and while I wasn’t able to taste his 2014s (in red), he made two rock solid Châteauneuf du Papes in 2013. (JD)
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.