2014 Chante Cigale Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1308923 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape is a charming, surprisingly ripe, textured effort in the vintage and is well worth your time and money. Bing cherries, kirsch, roasted herbs and licorice all flow from this medium-bodied, balanced and lengthy 2014 that will drink nicely for at least 5-6 years. (JD)  (10/2016)

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: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/26/2018 | Send Email
This super value Southern Rhone is ready to drink now! Alexandre Favier, who describes himself as "raised in the vineyards", took over wine making duties from his father at the ripe old age of 20! This awesome Chateauneuf Du Pape is a total overachiever yet very approachable. Sumptuous and bursting with red fruits, dried herbs and lavender pastilles, this is one to grab for a lovely night in with a hearty stew or braised lamb.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/16/2018 | Send Email
The rich and brawny style of Chante Cigale is slightly toned down in the lively 2014 vintage allowing for a bit more up front complexity to emerge even at this early stage. There are undertones of darker fruit to go with the brighter flavors of red fruits, licorice, nori, Asian spice and roasted herb. There is fantastic energy in this approachable and value priced CNP from a small family producer. Drink tonight or lay a few bottles away.

Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/5/2017 | Send Email
Some cicadas spend up to 17 years nestled underground in a state of asocial, arrested development, and when they finally emerge, boy are they ready to party! Blessed with powerful membranes that beat like miniature kettledrums, they are perhaps the loudest insects on earth, and spend the rest of their fleeting lives clinging to trees and singing their tiny hearts out to attract a mate. Humans adopt other methods, like opening a bottle of this lustrous Chateauneuf-du-Pape, aptly named for the little 'Pavarottis' that thrive in the region. Redolent with attractive, well-ripened black and red fruit aromas, this luscious wine expresses the warmth and enticing spice, garrigue and harmony of the Southern Rhone, and like the friendly song of the cicadas, is impossible to resist!

Staff Image By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/28/2017 | Send Email
Typically, when I taste Chateauneuf-du-pape, I often ask myself whether the wine fits into the traditionalist or modernist grouping of Chateauneuf. This not to declare one better than the other, its simply way of distinguishing two different sets of objectives. Chante Cigale really nails the modernist style right on the head. When fruit, balance, and depth of flavor are the main focus of a wine and these elements are well-executed you get wines like the Chante Cigale. There's tons of dark fruit to this wine, clear and clean notes of black berry and blueberry are layered over a rich texture, with downplayed acidity and pleasing tannic structure. This packs a lot of punch for the price, and fans of power reds from the Languedoc and Roussillon should take note.

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape