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

SKU #1328968 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)  (3/2017)

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.

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/28/2017 | Send Email
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 early 2018 and you've had a chance to sample it, you'll be begging for more. I've already started.

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