Rich & Spiced
As at many family domaines with deep roots in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, vigneron Alexandre Favier was by his own account “raised in the vineyards”: Alexandre’s grandfather, Noël Sabon, is from one of the best known winemaking families in the region. Alexandre himself began his viticultural studies in Orange at the age of fifteen and passed the exams four years later in 2001. A year later (at age twenty!) he took over winemaking duties at the domaine when his father experienced health problems. Today, Domaine Chante Cigale is one of the most important family estates of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
A blend coming from 30 different vineyards planted with 50 years old vines of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. The juice ferments spontaneously and ages for 18 months in stainless steel (80%) and oak. This wine is deep ruby in colour with a wonderful nose of spice and dark fruits this is a real winter warmer. The palate is rich and ripe with layers of fruit and spice supported by fine tannins.
You can pair this wine with braised lamb shoulder with fennel and orange, or with herb-rubbed steaks with olives Provençale.