2009 Chante Cigale Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Vieilles Vignes"
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes (70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre from 60- to 120-year-old vines) offers exotic notes of roasted herbs, bouquet garni, meat juices, cedar, forest floor and plenty of black currant and black cherry fruit. Dense, tighter and more structured than the regular cuvee, it will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring and last 15 or more years. It should prove to be one of the longer lived wines of the vintage. (93+)
Bright and floral at first, this quickly takes on a sappy, intense kirsch note that drives along, flanked by fig paste, roasted apple wood and fruitcake notes. The saturated finish lets the fruit and spice linger. Best from 2013 through 2023.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(70% grenache, 20% syrah and 10% mourvedre): Vivid ruby. Deeply pitched aromas of blackberry and mulberry, with complicating smoke and herbal nuances. Sappy, penetrating, nicely concentrated dark fruit flavors pick up candied violet and licorice character with air. Closes on a sweet note, with strong punch and lingering floral and spice notes.
Lush red berry fruit flavors-spicy and a bit exotic. A steal in the world of great red wines. 15% abv.