Producer Guide: Domaine Chante Cigale (Rhône Valley, France)

Located in the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine Chante Cigale are well respected despite being one of the bigger operations in the area.

Owned by the Sabon Favier family for several generations, they farm just over 40 hectares of the esteemed appellation. These wines are classic in style and have the added bonus of being reasonably accessible in terms of price.

One of the more recognised Domaines of the Rhone, Chante Cigale are primarily known for Chateauneuf-du-pape.

Today the Domaine is managed by Alexandre after his father Christian handed over the reins. He is well respected and has received plenty of praise.

Domaine Chante Cigale also produces some interesting white wines as well as a range of basic regional blends.

Pays de Méditerranée IGP 'The Cicada' 2015 by Domaine Chante Cigale The nose is instantly alive with fresh raspberry and and and red fruit that with time make room for some delicate spice. On the palate there is lots of vibrant Grenache fruit partnered with 20% Carignan which adds a touch of acidy and balance is this generally hot vintage. This is a nice little wine for a modest price. (December 2016)