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Established in 1874, Domaine Chante Cigale has been run by the Favier family for five generations. The estate’s vineyards is covering 40 hectares on the celebrated appellation of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Alexandre Favier produces a great range of Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines, from the elegant Domaine cuvée to the amazing "Extrait" made from 100 year-old vines, and a fun and fresh Bistro-style vin de France named "Cicada".

Chante Cigale

Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Wine Advocate 91 

Vinous - Josh Raynolds 91-93 

Wine Spectator 91 

Châteauneuf du Pape Red

Terroir: Galets roulés (lieu-dit: Tresquoy, Cabrières) Sablonneux (lieu-dit: Bois Dauphins) and sandy (lieu-dit: Palestor, la Roquette, Pied Long, Pignan)

Vine age: 60 years
Varietals: Grenache 65% Syrah 20% Mourvèdre 10% Cinsault 5%

Vinification: Hand-picking and sorting, 21 to 24 days maceration.

Maturation : 70% tanks, 30% in Burgundy barrels and foudres. Tasting: Lively nose of fruits and spices, full-bodied with red and black fruits, fine and elegant.

Châteauneuf du Pape Red
"Vieilles Vignes"

Terroir : Stony plateau of Cabrières, Sandy soil of Bois Dauphins, galets roulés of Arnesque

Vine age: 80 to 100 years
Varietals : 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre.

Vinification: Hand-picking and sorting, 3 weeks maceration.

Maturation: 12 months 600 L french oak (grenache, mourvedre) and Burgundy barrels (syrah)

Ageing: 6 month in foudre or cement tank
Tasting: Beautiful Grenache, baked strawberries and black fruits. Silky texture, intense and balanced, very fine tannin texture. 

Wine Advocate 92-94

Wine Spectator 92  

Vinous - Josh Raynolds 92-94   

Châteauneuf du Pape Red
"Extrait"

Terroir: Galets roulés (lieu-dit : Le Calada)

Vine age: 100 years
Varietals: Mourvèdre 80% Grenache 20%

Vinification: Whole cluster fermentation 

Macerated 3 weeks in a pyramid cement tank

Maturation: demi muid (600 L french oak)

Tasting: deep red, black fruits and liquorice

Full bodied, intense and concentrate, complex and fine

Wine Spectator 91

Vinous - Josh Raynolds 91-93 

The Wine Advocate 92-94 

CICADA​

Terroir: Clay & Limestone

Varietals: 80 % Grenache, 20% Carignan

Vine age: 30 ans

Vinification: 1 week gentle maceration with pumping-over

Maturation: Cement tanks on fine lies

Tasting: Red fruits, raspberries, typical of a young Grenache wine. Aromatic and fresh with soft tannins. Round and delicious wine.

THE WINE SPECTATOR    91/100

"This sports a lightly smoky frame, with notes of tobacco and bittersweet cocoa around a core of lightly mulled cherry, plum and blackberry fruit. The structure is silky and refined, letting the finish play out nicely. Best from 2018 through 2028. 5,000 cases made." (Oct 31, 2017) 

Jeb Dunnuck THE WINE ADVOCATE            92-94

 

"Another beauty is the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes, which checks in as 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre that was partially destemmed and aged in older barrels and demi- muids. Full-bodied, layered, concentrated and sweetly fruited, with fabulous notes of black raspberries, garrigue, cassis, licorice and toasted spice, it’s much more classic in style than the Extrait and should be a gem in the vintage." (Oct 2016)

Jeb Dunnuck THE WINE ADVOCATE            92-94

 

"The smallest production cuvée is the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Extrait, and there’s just 900 bottles of this beauty. An uncommon blend of 70% Mourvèdre and 30% Grenache, aged in demi-muids and older barrels, its deep ruby color is followed by rich, concentrated and ripe aromas and flavors of blackcurrants, toasted spice, licorice and roasted herbs. This big, mouth-filling and structured 2015 will need to be forgotten for 3-4 years and will have two decades of overall longevity. " (Oct 2016)