Domaine Chante Cigale
Chateauneuf du Pape - Rhone, France
Great terroir now in the hands of award winning young winemaker ...
Domaine Chante Cigale, located within the village of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, has been owned and operated by the Sabon Favier family since 1874. Consisting of 42 hectares of land classified Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the wines produced from this Domaine can be considered as classic, well made, reasonably priced Châteauneufs. Recently Christian Favier, the father, released the reins to his son, Alexandre (pictured left) , who is fast becoming the new star of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Despite only being in his early 20's when he took over (now late 20’s) he has been lauded by notable journalists Steve Tanzer in the US and Jancis Robinson in the UK. In seven short years, he’s managed to win the regional Rhone trophy, Decanter magazines Best Rhone Red and Best Rhone White. Definitely a young winemaker to watch.
Domaine Chante Cigale is located in a very stony part of Châteauneuf, where it is possible to find the famous limestone 'galets roulés'. The vines for the Vieilles Vignes are over 65 years old and are some of the oldest vines to be found on the plateau de Carbières (close to Château Montredon). Harvesting is by hand, with selective sorting of the grapes.