Domaine Chante Cigale, Chateauneuf du Pape 2016

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  • Type:

    Red

  • Country:

    France

  • Region:

    Rhone

  • ABV:

    15%

  • Grape:

    Grenache

  • Grape Blend:

    Grenache 80%, Cinsault 5%, Mourvedre 5%, Syrah 10%

  • Winemaker:

    Alexandre Favier

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Domaine Chante Cigale Châteauneuf du Pape 2016 - Wine

Tasting Notes

A wonderful nose of spice and dark fruits followed by a rich, ripe palate with layers of fruit and spice.

Production Notes

The grapes that have been carefully sorted. After the grapes are de-stemmed, the grapes are then lightly crushed. The skins are simply popped open and never pulverised. The juice, skin, pulp, and pips, are gently pumped into the vats. The must starts to ferment using natural yeast. The fermentation lasts about five days. The wine remains in the vat in contact with the skins and pips for about ten days (this is known as maceration). The malolactic fermentation happens by itself thanks to natural lactic bacteria emanating from the vineyard and the cellar. The malolactic fermentation lasts for about ten days. Next comes the blending, this step is very important to the assemblage of the wine. It consists of seeking out among the different vats of the vintage those that qualify for making the grand vin. By evaporation, elimination, or absorption by the wood, about 15% of the harvest will be lost during the two to two and a half years that the wine is kept in cask.

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Producer Profile

Domaine Chante Cigale is located within the village of Chateauneuf-du-Pape and has been owned by the Sabon Favier family for several generations. Consisting of 41 hectares, the domaine benefits from old vines, some of which are veritably ancient at over 100 years old. Alexandre Favier took over from his father, Christian, and is part of a new wave of producers in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, combining modern technical expertise with time-honoured winemaking practices. Alexandre is lauded by notable journalists including Steve Danzier and Jancis Robinson for his deftly-made and reasonably-priced wines. Domaine Chante Cigale has also built a reputation for specialising in white wines, of which they produce more than any other estate in the appellation.