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.
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.
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.
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). :-)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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-
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.
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.
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.
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.
Real sumptuous stuff. A dark ruby color; bright and clear. Aromas of blackberry, black currant, licorice, herbs, cola, sweet oak. The same flavors, along with a pronounced amount of cherry, black pepper, and spice. Big, rich and structured. Soft and velvety in the mouth. The tannins are there, but suppressed by the high fruit concentration. A long and spicy finish, with just a very slight alcohol sting on the back palate. Pairs very nicely with lamb chops. A bargain priced CDP.
Popped and poured to have with chili. Dark fruit, pepper, grilled steak, sage. Full bodied, long finish. Only downside was the inital acidity was a little high but it mellowed out as we drank the bottle.
Old school CDP...Think baby Rayas...Cherries and incense with sweet sweet tannins and a lot of them..My score will probably be higher in a few years..very, very nice mouthfeel and an excellent buy..A definate food wine as Domaine Chante Cigale has always been.
Sorry, no real notes since this was at dinner with friends. Everyone was blown away by this wines texture, color, smoothness, balance. Strength yet subtle this wine is a great expression of a good southern rhone CdP. My only concern is if it will age well. It is so approachable now that you may want to try one and decide. GREAT WINE.
Excellent, balanced and smooth cdp. Medium bodied, not too much fruit (plum, cherries, blueberry) with just enough acidity to balance the heat. Starts silky smooth on the palate (with some candy/caramel sweetness), then fruit and oak hit you and then it lasts a long time with a spicy and smoky finish. Not much tannin (comes alive in the finish). My kind of wine.
So I bought another 6 pack and decided to try another. I opened and immediately poured to check how long to decant. Much to my surprise, this was awesome right out of the bottle. Fresh red fruit, kirsch liquor, some herbs, a little cola, little au jus on the nose. Strong finish, full bodied. Just amazing. I seem to be liking this more than other reviewers and I'm not sure why.
I am very much looking forward to the 2007 CDP's, but about 6-9 months ago, I was going to let all of the sit tight for 2-3 years before opening a new bottle. My view, they are so tight, dense, and reduced, they need many years to mellow; after which, all the 07 southern rhones will be amazing!
That said, this mid-tier CDP actually performed quite well, in my view. Still tight after a couple hours, this was highly fruit forward (as all 07 southern rhones) with a nice, but not perfect finish.
Nose: Floral, with undertones of red fruit. Taste: Very cherry on the approach and midpalate. Good tannins, could use some more age. Finishes with kind of a cherry cough drop note. Long finish, but hot. This is a really big wine, and its quite good today but I'd wager it'll be way better after mellowing out in the bottle for a few years.
A tasty CdP with great structure. Provencal herbs, plum and a nice meatiness give way to a good balance of acidity and weight with only a hint of tannins on the finish. Pretty good for $39 but in comparison to the regular CdP from Chante Cigale, which was $25, this isn't $14 better so I would go with that one over this one.
First of the mid level '07's. Just picked up and had to try one. Decanted for 1 hour. First impression, purity of fruit. Nose of cola, cherry, herbs. Taste of red fruit, herbs, pepper. Full bodied, great finish. Great QPR. Think I'll go for more.
It's a wine meant to be drunk with food. On its own, tannic and reminiscent of rare grilled meats and herbes de provence. Complemented extremely well by cheese-cream cheese, major grey's chutney, ginger and almonds. The mango brought out the fruit. Excited to see how it pairs with the next course- lamb ragu and gnocchi.
Dark ruby...Outstanding nose which only got better as time went on...Licorice,garrigue, dark fruit and crushed black pepper...Palate: Dark and red lush juicy fruit, pepper, along with a hint of graphite and tobacco...Well balanced with good acidity....Like many 07's its a bit extracted but not over done by any means....I will be not popping my other bottle for a few years. I am curious to see how these 07 cdp's develope...Cheers!!
2007 Chateauneuf du Papes ($60 and under): This was also thrown in as an extra bottle. I suspect it is not in a great place right now as most 05's are not. It was mine, and the groups, last place wine. A nose of iodine, graphite, raspberries and cherries. The palate was hollow and the finish clipped. A vague sense of bitter sweet fruit on the palate, but this should be cellared for 5 more years IMO. Seems to have the stuffing underneath.
Wines of France Tasting (Binny's, St. Charles): Inky purple/garnet color, opaque almost to the edge. Closed for business. Some subtle dark fruit and garrigue notes discernable, along with dark fruit and licorice tones on the palate. Firm, searing tannins.
I really loved this! Fruit forward and luscious red fruits. Correct balance of garrigue, pepper, red fruit. For some reason, could not stop drinking it - leaves you wanting more. Smooth drinking with nice finish. Great with comfort foods like stews, roasts.