Tasting notes: This is a traditional Châteauneuf-du-Pape serious and brooding and benefits from a little time to breathe and opens up. The palate is complex with herby, tapenade flavours and ripe textured tannins balancing the significant 15% alcohol which is expertly managed and integrated.
Food match: Try with traditional roast lamb, lentil and vegetable moussaka and any rich hot-pot that heavily features aromatic 'herbs de Provence'.
Region: Rhône, France
Grapes : Grenache 65%, Syrah 20%, Mourvèdre 10%
About the vineyard :
"Domaine Chante Cigale is located within the village of Châteauneuf-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 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, combining modern technical expertise with time-honoured winemaking practices."