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 Vintage2007 Label 1 of 7 
ProducerDomaine Chante Cigale (web)
VarietyRed Rhone Blend
DesignationVieilles Vignes
SubRegionSouthern Rhône

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2022 (based on 12 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.7 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 72 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by pgb67 on 6/21/2015 & rated 94 points: Patio Party Summer Solstice June 2015: Really outstanding and a bit of a surprise to me because this isn't a particularly esteemed domaine as far as I know. Hit just the right spot for me with impeccable balance, well delineated fruits (dark and red berries), lively acidity, a distinctive finish of tobacco and herbs, and some complexity afforded by time in bottle. (193 views)
 Tasted by HOS on 2/26/2015 & rated 96 points: Decanted 2 hours. Au jus, herbs pepper. Rich flavor profile, full bodied, long finish. Perfectly integrated tannins. What a great bottle. (803 views)
 Tasted by _Xenon on 8/13/2014 & rated 90 points: I the drinking window closing already? I was missing the sexiness and the poisoning fruity nose. (2072 views)
 Tasted by brown57 on 7/12/2014 & rated 93 points: There are many notes already for this wine so not a lot to add. I definitely get that whole cherry kirsch thing (or cherry cough drop as someone mentioned but that is less complimentary in my view). Overall we enjoyed this wine very much. Also have a 2010 in the cellar but that will have to wait a few more years. (2204 views)
 Tasted by PetePullen on 6/8/2014 & rated 93 points: Couldn't wait any longer, so pulled this from cellar last night. Cherry, dark & red berry, coffee, and smoke aromas and flavors. Delicious and smooth, with just a bit of heat -- well integrated. Seems like it will be even better in next few years. I wish I had more than one left. (2442 views)
 Tasted by _Xenon on 5/29/2014 flawed bottle: Although cork was ok. Other defect? (2426 views)
 Tasted by _Xenon on 3/16/2014 & rated 92 points: Same note as before. A fruit bomb. Already brown edges. The drinking window won't probably last more than 3 to 4 years. Again, this wine needs filtering to be enjoable. (2557 views)
 Tasted by _Xenon on 3/6/2014 & rated 92 points: Lovely. Although this one was from a different source it also had the 'sparkling' effect which I could only get rid of through heavy filtering. A rather feminine wine, not needing any more cellaring. (1574 views)
 Tasted by _Xenon on 2/7/2014 & rated 93 points: A fantastic experience. Watching the Sotchi opening ceremony I rewarded myself with a beautiful CdP from 2007.

This CdP is ready for business- I decanted it for half an hour. As this wine (opposed the previous bottles) had some strange sparkling, I decanted & filtered it and have it rested for half an hour.- Bouquet of flowers, berries, just a bit hot (fine with me) and a palate full of harmony and elegance. Not sure it is because of a great CdP year or a great wine. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it very much. I could even sniff the empty bottle with full enjoyment (which I am still doing currently). :-) (1632 views)
 Tasted by brigcampbell on 12/15/2013 & rated 90 points: CT Gang at Nick's (Laguna Beach, CA): Very nice. Dark fruit and tar nose. Palate shows nice complexity with cherry, tobacco, and herbs. Medium finish and tannins are almost completely resolved leading to a silky mouthfeel. (2019 views)
 Tasted by _Xenon on 11/22/2013 & rated 91 points: Same note as before. However, I had a strange sediment in the glass. Probably transportation shock. Will have to rest the remaining bottles for some weeks before opening another. (1731 views)
 Tasted by _Xenon on 11/14/2013 & rated 92 points: 92+. Plays in the same league (price, score, nose, palate) as the CdP Cuvee du Vatican Reserve Sixtine 2007. However, this has even more class. Wonderfull extrovert almond, vanilla, winter aroma nose. Palate in harmony (well, at least 95% :-). Ready to drink (PP95). Perfect X-Mas wine. Strong enough to go with a meaty dinner but can also be consumed without.

For 33 € I have ordered 6 more, although they are hard to find 3 - 4 years after release.

By the way: Excellent bottle design (Google: "La Mitrale"). Lets this bottle feel very valuable. (1468 views)
 Tasted by Bigcat29 on 10/12/2013 & rated 92 points: At Perez with Frows. (1769 views)
 Tasted by Chainthroer on 9/27/2013 & rated 93 points: Cooked N.Y. steaks and grabbed this wine to compliment the Friday dinner evening. The wine is pretty much the same as when previously tasted on four occasions: "Aromas of blackberry, cherry, a little tar, some licorice, herbs, cigar box from the oak, spice. ... Similar flavors, with obvious cherry, spice and black pepper. In the mouth, a rich and intense texture." The wine is getting softer and more velvety. A nice pairing with the steaks. Score 93-94. (1829 views)
 Tasted by williamswhine on 8/3/2013 & rated 92 points: Nice CDP. Recommend decanting, once opened…nice dark purple hue, classic deep berry nose/licorice, little alcohol, smooth, medium finish. (1763 views)
 Tasted by Chainthroer on 6/29/2013 & rated 93 points: Consumed with friends at a pool party, where the temperature rose to 119 degrees here in Arizona. Of course the wine was consumed inside the house with dinner. No notes taken, but the wine tasted quite similar to the notes I previously made on 12/8/12 and 7/5/12. A great pairing pairing with hamburgers (of course, without mustard or other condiments). A really sumptuous wine by itself too. (2004 views)
 Tasted by Jwolfer on 5/27/2013 & rated 93 points: Decanted for an hour and used an aerator. Served at a wine party. Beautiful Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Mixed berries, pepper, licorice, spice, oak, and cassis. Very good acidity and balance with a long impressive finish. Well-rounded tannins with desirable complexity and boldness. -93 points- (2111 views)
 Tasted by Bon and Nate on 5/19/2013: Loved. One of our favorites. (1850 views)
 Tasted by Double D on 1/14/2013 & rated 92 points: This was the last bottle of three, the first two of which I didn't record any reaction. I opened this last one becasue the 2010 is so highly rated but..... the 2007, despite some pretty good rating, didn't convince me to buy the 2010. I may get one and open it early. (3055 views)
 Tasted by WineBerg on 1/4/2013 & rated 92 points: 1st Wine Night 2013: Decanted for 8+ hours.

Very Châteauneufy to me...Cherry, plums, rosemary, garrigue, pepper, tobacco, cassis, and more...a bit of bitter aftertaste on it to me though...almost reminds me of tree bark or something.

Getting toward mature I think, but it definitely improves with a long decant. Keep it in the cellar a bit longer or throw it in a decanter for a while before drinking. (2898 views)
 Tasted by Chainthroer on 12/8/2012 & rated 93 points: Very similar to my last tasting on 7/5/12: "Aromas of blackberry, cherry, a little tar, some licorice, herbs, cigar box from the oak, spice. ... Similar flavors, with obvious cherry, spice and black pepper. In the mouth, a rich and intense texture." The tannin seemed hardly noticeable this time. Quite sumptuous and a fairly bargain priced wine. Score 93-94. (2981 views)
 Tasted by Bon and Nate on 11/10/2012: Dinner with friends, served with beef. Wonderful bottle of wine, layers of concentrated flavors, great nose. Balanced tannins well integrated. Excellent. (2669 views)
 Tasted by Bellissimo on 10/21/2012: PnP, consumed over 4 hours. Dark, alcoholic and uninteresting to me. Hope this is bottle variation compared to what others have been saying. (3030 views)
 Tasted by epicred on 7/5/2012 & rated 94 points: Loved this wine. Dark inky purple color, fragrant bouquet; well balanced w/ that layered barrage of flavors that only the Rhone region can produce. a little heavy on the wallet, but I love this wine for special occasions. (2666 views)
 Tasted by Chainthroer on 7/5/2012 & rated 93 points: Still a dark ruby color; clear. Aromas of blackberry, cherry, a little tar, some licorice, herbs, cigar box from the oak, spice. I did not get cola this time. Similar flavors, with obvious cherry, spice and black pepper. In the mouth, a rich and intense texture. Soft enough in the mouth, with the tannin being very slightly noticeable. Excellent balance. A long and spicy finish. Paired nicely with roasted chicken. Score 93-94. (2911 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, Issue #11 (3/18/2012)
(Domaine Chante Cigale Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes) Login and sign up and see review text.   95 points
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, January/February 2010, IWC Issue #148
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Domaine Chante Cigale

Producer website - Read more about Domaine Chante Cigale
Søren Gudiksen Chateauneuf du Pape website

Domaine Chante Cigale

Company: GAEC du Domaine Chante Cigale.
Owner: Christian Favier.
Responsible for the winemaking:: Alexandre Favier.
Address: Avenue Louis Pasteur 84230 Chateauneuf du Pape
Tel. 490 837 057
Direct sale: Monday - Saturday 8.00-12.00 and 14.00-18.00.

Favier's wife is from the Sabon family, and both the Faviers and the Sabons are old wellknown families of Chateauneuf du Pape. The owner today Christian Favier has from 2006 given the responsibility for the domain to his 22 years old son Alexandre. He has oenologic education from different schools.

The property has 46 hectares of AOC Chateauneuf du Pape and 3 hectares of Cotes du Rhone.
In Chateauneuf du Pape 46 hectares is enough to get in the top ten.

Christian and Alexandre Favier

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Some of the foudres

Some of the Barriques


Chateauneuf du Pape
From 36 hectares with 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and 10% Cincault. The average age of the vines is 45 years. The vinification is traditional. Ageing in foudres (60%), new barrels (10%) and in cement tanks (30%) for a period of 14-18 months.

Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvée Vieilles Vignes
From 5 hectares with 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 20% Mourvedre. The age of the vines is more than 65 years. Ageing on foudres (40%), new barrels (30%) and in cement tanks (30%).

Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc
From 5 hectares with equal parts of Clairette, Roussanne, Bourboulenc and Grenache Blanc. The vines are 45 years old. The white wine is aged in steel tanks.

Cotes du Rhone
From 50-years-old vines: 70% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Carignan, 5% Mourvedre and 5% Roussanne, situated at Plan de Dieu between Cairanne and Rasteau. The wine is aged in foudres for 8-16 months.

Red Rhone Blend

Read about the different grapes used to produce red and white Rhone wines
On CellarTracker, Red Rhone Blend is the term for a wine consisting of two or more of the traditional 13 Southern Rhone grape varieties. Typically it's the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre or Cinsault grapes, but can also contain the Muscardin, Counoise, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Picpoul, Roussanne, Terret Noir, Picardan or Vaccarese grapes.

A 'food' wine. Lacking pretension and intended for local consumption with local cuisine. Lacks the 'high' notes on a Bordeaux, more earthy and sharper so often a better partner to meat dishes with a sauce.

Vieilles Vignes

Old Vine/Vieilles Vignes (Wikipedia)


Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)


Guide to the wines, wineries and appellations in the Rhone Valley The Rhône Valley/Le Vins de la Vallée du Rhône (Comité Interprofession des vins AOC Côtes et vallée du Rhône)

Southern Rhône

Guide to the wines, wineries and appellations in the Southern Rhone Valley

WA: 2011 88R / 2010 98T / 2009 93E/ 2008 86R / 2007 98E / 2006 92R / 2005 95T / 2004 88R / 2003 90I / 2002 58C / 2001 96T / 2000 98E

### 2005 ###
In southern Rhone, 2005 was a below average sized crop, because of continuing drought and the fact that there are so many old vineyards where low yields are the rule of thumb even in an abundant year. While 2005 is truly an excellent vintage in the south, I do not believe it is a compellingly great vintage, because it has more in common with beefed up, improved version of 1995 than with what I consider an irrefutably great vintage like 1998, 2001 or even 2000. Certainly the wines have plenty of structure and possess fresher, more vibrant acidities than most years provide. The top wines also display impressive levels of concentration. However all the 2005s tend to reveal a certain firmness, and if the grapes were picked too soon, or the vinification/upbringing were not carefully handled, there is a toughness and austerity to the tannins that ultimately will prove to be problematic. Nevertheless, there is an ocean of top wines.

### 2007 ###
The 2007 vintage in Southern France was wonderful. Here is what controversial Robert M. Parker (Wine Advocate Issue 179) said about it, “Throughout the southern Rhône, 2007 is the greatest vintage I have tasted in my thirty years working in that region. I think of 2007 as a hypothetical blend of an opulent, powerful, sumptuous year such as 1990, and a cooler draught vintage such as 2001. The cool weather and the remarkable three weeks of Mistral in September that concentrated the grapes without any spikes of high heat appears to have given the 2007s an aromatic dimension and freshness that I have rarely witnessed. Combine that with wines that are substantial, powerful, and relatively high in alcohol, with super depth of fruit! These are very aromatic wines of great concentration, freshness, laser-like focus, and amazing purity as well as depth. It is the vintage of my lifetime for this region, and I don’t say that lightly.”

### 2010 ###
Robert Parker, on the 2010 vintage:
"Some producers think 2010 eclipses 2007 because of the wines' vivid freshness and focus. Throughout the southern Rhône, the hallmarks of the vintage are very dense purple, sometimes even blue/black colors as well as higher acid levels that have not been seen since 2004 and 2001. In fact, 2010's paradox is that I can't remember a vintage so concentrated, powerful and rich that also has such zesty acidity. The 2010s will have significant aging potential, which is obvious in the level of tannins, but the tannins are sweet with exceptional elegance and finesse. The ratio of high extractive and phenolic skins to the juice has produced wines of extraordinary intensity, freshness, aromatic potential and obvious longevity. This is another great vintage that offers an embarrassment of riches for this region that has enjoyed a succession of extraordinary years."

### 2011 ###
- "has most Rhône vintners exceedingly optimistic for a third straight outstanding year…" -Wine Spectator
- "fans of fruit-forward, accessible wines will find plenty to like from '11, which looks to be an ideal candidate for restaurants as well as for wine lovers…" -Stephen Tanzer
- “we have got 2011 which is a combination of these two great vintages." -Michel Chapoutier on how 2011 is a combination of the 2009 and 2010 vintage
- The 2011 Southern Rhone Region was Rated 89-92 by Wine Spectator's Vintage Chart!

(By Wine Spectator
2011 Vintage Report: France
A first look at vintage quality in French wine regions, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers
Posted: November 14, 2011
Rhône Valley
The 2011 harvest has most Rhône vintners exceedingly optimistic for a third straight outstanding year, though a handful rued some late rains and heat that blemished what could have been a perfect growing season.

By Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2011 and 2010 Southern Rhone Wines
By Josh Raynolds
Jan/Feb 2013
"...fans of fruit-forward, accessible wines will find plenty to like from '11, which looks to be an ideal candidate for restaurants as well as for wine lovers who lack the facilities or patience for long-term storage.
Fans of graceful, fruit-driven Rhone wines will find plenty to like from 2011 and, as was the case in 2008, 2006 and 2004…"

By vitabella.fr
Michel Chapoutier on 2011 in Rhone Valley: A detailed Early Report
26 Octobre 2011
The tastings of the 2011 vintage have recently given an opportunity for Michel Chapoutier to give his first impressions of the quality of this vintage for the appellations of the Rhone Valley. Prior to the presentation of each appellation, he noted that "after a warm and sunny 2009 vintage that resulted in the exuberance of grape varieties, 2010 was a fresher year with slow maturities which generally gave tense wines - to those who were able to wait for the phenolic maturity - some mineral wines, elegant with an outward expression of the soil, we have got 2011 which is a combination of these two great vintages. "
"This 2011 harvest in Rhone Valley was both early and late: a real paradox!"

By Wine Spectator’s Vintage Chart
Southern Rhone
Vintage: 2011
Score: 89-92
Drink Rec: NYR
Description: Warm spring, but cool, wet weather in July and August led to uneven ripening; Indian summer saved the vintage. Grenache is light, but Syrah and Mourvèdre strong, so blending key; there will be some excellent wines, but heterogenous from domaine to domaine.)


Châteauneuf-du-Pape Appellation - Read more about Chateauneuf du Pape

Another site on this appellation
Vineyards on weinlagen-info

"As I have written many times in the past, the sweet spot for drinking Châteauneuf du Papes is usually the first 5-6 years after the vintage. Then they seem to go through an adolescent, awkward, and sometimes dormant stage, only to re-emerge around year 10-12, where the majority of wines are often fully mature. The best of them will continue to hold on to life (but rarely improving) beyond 15-20 years. It is only the exceptional Châteauneuf du Papes that will evolve for 20-25+ years, and those are indeed a rarity. However, things may be improving dramatically in terms of the longevity of Châteauneuf du Pape, although Grenache-dominated wines, the vast majority of wines produced in the appellation, are wines that do not have the polyphenol (extract and tannin) content of top Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlots, or Syrah-based wines. Nevertheless, the younger generation in Châteauneuf du Pape has taken seriously the farming in the vineyards. There are more organic and biodynamically run vineyards here than in any other appellation of France. The yields, which were already low, are even lower today (20-35 hectoliters per hectare), and of course, the proliferation of top luxury and/or old-vine cuvées gives a significant boost to the number of wines that will evolve past 25 or 30 years. The advantage of these wines is their broad window of drinkability." ( Robert Parker )

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