2013 Chante Cigale Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes (Previously $50)

SKU #1272388 92 points Vinous

 Bright ruby. Assertively perfumed aromas of fresh black and blue fruits, spicecake and garrigue, and suggestions of cola and woodsmoke. Sappy and seamless on the palate, offering deeply concentrated boysenberry, black raspberry and floral pastille flavors that become spicier and more energetic with air. Supple tannins build on the tenacious finish, which shows outstanding clarity and resonating spiciness. (JR)  (4/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Features a hearty core of black currant, fig and blackberry fruit inlaid with prominent tobacco and chestnut leaf notes that impart a decidedly old-school feel. Shows plenty of flesh and drive through the finish, which has a tarry underpinning. Should unwind in the cellar. Best from 2018 through 2028. 360 cases made. (JM)  (11/2015)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Similar in style to the traditional cuvee, yet with a tad more concentration, the outstanding 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes (70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre) reveals a darker ruby color to go with old school notes of ground Provençal herbs, leather, mineral and darker berry fruit. Medium plus-bodied, firm, and closed on the palate yet with solid mid-palate depth, give it a year or two and drink bottle through 2025. 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)

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Chateauneuf du Pape