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Châteauneuf-du-Pape White 

 

Winery

Domaine Chante-Cigale

Appellation

AOP Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Wine Name

Châteauneuf-du-Pape White

Variety

20% Grenache blanc

20% Roussanne

20% Bourboulenc

20% Clairette

20% Picpoul

White Wine

Dry

Rhône Valley

Alexandre Favier

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Domaine Chante Cigale, located within the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, has been owned and operated by the Sabon-Favier family for several generations. It covers 50 hectares of vineyards classified in the Châteauneuf-du- Pape appellation. Christian Favier, the father, released the reins to his son, Alexandre, who has soon become well-known in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Despite only being in his early 30’s he has been lauded by famous journalists like Steve Tanzer, Jancis Robinson and Robert Parker…

Vineyard

The estate is located in a very stony part of Chateauneuf- du-Pape area, where you can find the famous “Galets-roules”. Chante Cigale Estate soil is composed of one third rolled pebbles, one third of sand and one third of rolled pebbles and limestone. The age of the vines is around 25 years old. The spacing density is 2500 to 4500 vines per hectare and the yield 30 hectoliters per hectare.

Vinification

Manual grape harvest with selective sorting. Fermentation at low temperature (66 F), 21 days in stainless-steel vats. No malolactic fermentation in order to maintain a good acidity level. 60% of the cuvee is aged in large oak tuns, 10% in new barrels and 30% in concrete vats (14 to 18 months)

Tasting Notes

Both rich and fresh, the Chateauneuf du Pape Chante-Cigale Blanc has gorgeous notes of golden fruits, melon, citrus blossom and edgy minerality all soaring from the glass. Vibrant, pure and lively, with medium-bodied richness, perfect balance and clean, integrated acidity, it’s a classy, versatile white to drink over the coming decade or so.

Food Pairing

Perfect on its own or with fishes, seafood and white meats “à la crème” also beautiful with mushrooms risotto and cheese plate.

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