2013 Chante Cigale Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1238471 91 points Vinous

 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)  (4/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator

 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)  (11/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Bright crimson. Firm and substantial with more obvious tannin than most but sufficient (just) fruit too. Not that sweet. Racy, food wine. Cool overall.  (10/2014)

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)  (10/2015)

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.

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By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/29/2016 | Send Email
Imagine having to carefully keep an eye on, feed, raise and nurture various "children" from up to 45 different households, er, parcels, and you might get some idea of the task that Alexander Favier has in cultivating, harvesting, fermenting and caressing the thirteen Rhone varieties that eventually find their way into his signature wines in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Ah, such a labor of love knows no end, at least until the wines reach our store shelves and can soon grace your dinner table. The 2013 is a classic CDP, slightly austere and redolent with black and red fruits, garrigue, spices and licorice, with enough body and scaffolding to endure for another decade if desired. Named for the little cicada that inhabits the region, Chante Cigale is one of our favorites and always an excellent value. Enjoy!
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By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/29/2016 | Send Email
Deep ruby in color, an opulent aroma of spicy red pepper to anise-like notes with a wet-river-stone undertone that carries over into the palate impression to a broad, viscous, deeply flavored young, great Chateauneuf-du-Pape that is complex, layered, well-integrated, though a bit austere, this Gem should age nicely for the next ten to twenty-plus years, easily. Rusty has demanded that I bring home at least a case of wine of this amazing Gem for our cellar and for us to begin to enjoy in the next decade or so. This will be a great wine given the time it needs. If you have this near-term, uncork, decant, and air for a two or more hours to give it a chance to really open up. Great Cellar Value! ***** 15.0% ABV *****
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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