From his mother, Marie-Paule Sabon, Alex Favier inherited 37 different blocks of vineyards comprising 50 hectares in total, making Domaine Chante Cigale one of the larger domaines of this most famous of French appellations. The vines for this bottling are over 65 years old and are some of the oldest vines to be found on the plateau de Carbières (close to Château Montredon). The average age of Alex’s vines are between 40 and 50 years old, but some of his oldest vines are over 110 years old and were planted just after the phylloxera epidemic at the turn of the last century. The yield of these ‘Vieilles Vignes’ is very, very low indeed.
A superb Châteuneuf-du-Pape from vines in their prime. A concentrated, complex nose with aromas of blackberries, black olives, bay and fennel. With some bottle age this wine is coming out of its shell. Palate-coating raspberry and blackberry flavours with hints of peppery spices, wood smoke and a little tar. Broad, supple and rich, with very good intensity to its deep dark fruit and candied florals of violet and lavender. Finishes long and spicy, with outstanding energy and focus and very smooth tannins. Big hearted fruit and harmonious tannins promise that this wine will continue to develop.
As you might expect from someone born and raised on an estate named after singing cicadas, Alexandre Favier keenly promotes the biodiversity of his vineyards. He is very conscious of his role as guardian of his land for future generations and Chante Cigale is currently in conversion to full organic status.
Country: FranceRegion: Rhone ValleyColour: RedGrape: Grenache, Syrah, MourvedreVintage: 2016Bottle Size: 75clBottle Retail Price: £48.35
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