2020 Domaine Chante Cigale Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

SKU #1553920 92 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Beautiful lemon curd, toasted bread, spice, and white flower notes emerge from the 2020 Châteauneuf Du Pape Blanc, a clean, medium-bodied, beautifully balanced white with loads to love. It's going to shine on the dinner table and should have 4-6 years (probably longer) of prime drinking. This cuvée is 20% each of Grenache Blanc, Picpoul, Bourboulenc, Roussanne, and Clairette, aged in a mix of demi-muids (some new), old barrels, stainless steel, and concrete eggs. Inner quote mark (11/2021)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Equal parts Bourboulenc, Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Picpoul Blanc and Roussanne, Chante Cigale's 2020 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc is medium to full-bodied with a slightly custardy feel, yet it remains fresh, offering a hint of fennel and gorgeous citrus and melon flavors, finishing long. Interestingly, I preferred this to the high-end Extrait bottling this vintage. (JC) Inner quote mark (5/2022)

John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2020 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc from Chante Cigale is composed of a blend of twenty percent each of Bourboulenc, Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and Picpoul. The wine is fermented in new oak casks, but racked out of them six weeks later to finish its elevage in stainless steel tanks. The wine comes in at 14.5 percent octane in this vintage and offers up a bright nose of pear, persimmon, chalky soil tones, white lilies and a hint of vanillin oak. Inner quote mark (7/2021)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Attractive apple and pear aroma. Supple and creamy on the palate with well-integrated oak. Maintains a minerally freshness which lingers on the finish. Really quite persistent. (JL) Inner quote mark (11/2021)

K&L Notes

Chante Cigale means singing cicada. The property has been in the same 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 Blanc is a blend of equal parts Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Bourbelenc, Clairette and Picpoul. The grapes are destemmed and fermented with native yeasts. Élevage is in a combination of tanks and 5% new oak barrels with no malolactic fermentation. Only a small amount of this wine is made, and it is always one of the great values for white from the region.

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By: Dejah Overby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/2/2022 | Send Email
There is an inviting and alluring nose on this 2020 Chante Cigale CDP blanc. An abundance of fragrant white flower florals, ripe apricot, and buttery pear tartlets are especially upfront. The mouthfeel is throughout and completes the lingering fruit flavors first received on the nose. This is a flavorsome wine that I can imagine being wonderfully enjoyable with a hearty dish of chicken and mushroom stroganoff.

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