2015 Chante Cigale Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival, Elsewhere $40) SKU #1328968

$29.99

RP 94 VN 91-93
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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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  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    11/28/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    We have been privileged to work with Chante Cigale for about 15 years now. An estate on the rise, they have always been one of our favorite value conscious CDPs, offering great classic character in their wines with open flavors that expand in the glass. They deliver the goods regardless of vintage. I've visited the estate on three separate occasions but I first tasted the 2015 in barrel in early 2016. It was piecemeal, with components coming from large foudre, to smaller barrique and concrete tank. Each parcel spoke to the potential of the 2015 vintage and I felt deep in my bones that this was going to be one of the sensations of the vintage. Earlier this year, 2017 that is, I paid a visit to check the progress of the the new wines and got to taste the now finished and bottled 2015. The parts were harmonious showing depth, length and layers of the sweet polished fruit that are hallmarks of this exciting vintage. Proprietor Alexandre Favier invited me to stay for a quick homemade lunch (his mother is a great cook) of blanquette de veau which we had with the 2016 Blanc (equally terrific) and this new vintage with some cheeses. A wonderful way to while away the day. Of course, Alex is a perfectionist and did not want to release the wine just then deciding to wait until later in the fall (now) and offered us our allocation. Since we have been great supporters, we got a good slug but will it be enough? You'll have to trust us that after you get the wine in early 2018 and you've had a chance to sample it, you'll be begging for more. I've already started.

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