It was really important for us to get our Châteauneuf-du-Pape selection right and we tasted lots before choosing this one. It is a wine with a huge reputation and big expectations and we wanted to make sure we exceeded those. A sensational example of this iconic wine made from selected parcels of Grenache and Syrah vines. Made by the famous and extremely talented winemaking family of Domaine Chante Cigale and blended by Alex Favier, one of the region’s best winemakers, this is an archetypal and rustic Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
After several years of careful daily observation striving to understand his vineyards Alex believes that with their 45 parcels of vines, the diversity of its soils and of the grape varieties allows the creation of unique and exceptional wines. The free draining soils are strewn with the famous galets roulés – large, round pebbles covering the soil. The galets act like night storage heaters, absorbing heat during the day and releasing it at night, creating a warm microclimate around the vines. This enables the grapes to really ripen and create wines full of flavour intensity, complexity and bags of Mediterranean style.
Made from selected parcels of Grenache Noir and Syrah, with each parcel being fermented separately, aged mostly in cement foudres with some in old oak barrels for between 12 to 15 months, the crucial stage of blending then takes place. This is where this wine really shines, showing the complexity of their great variety of terroirs.
Bursting with spiced black fruit characters including blackcurrant, black cherry and plum and oodles of white pepper. This is a classic Chateauneuf du Pape with it’s rustic charm and slightly earthy character and the quality shines through with the velvety, warm finish.
Hearty dishes such venison casserole or coq-au-vin are perfect here as well as griddled steak but another gorgeous pairing would be a powerful, strong cheese such as Pont l’Eveque or Epoisse.