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.
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)
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2016 Raymond Usseglio "Cuvée Impériale - Vignes Centenaires" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)