Domaine Chante Cigale is a well respected producer of Chateauneuf du Pape in the Southern Rhone, but this is a new white wine, named ‘The Cicada’ which takes its name from the emblem of the Domaine – Chante Cigale – the famed ‘singing cicadas’ of Provence.
An unusual blend of Viognier (40%), Picpoul Blanc (30%) & Sauvignon Blanc (30%). Sourced from clay limestone soils in Richerenes in the Vaucluse for the Sauvignon and Picpoul, with the Viognier sourced in the Northern Rhône (so the wine is classified as Vin de France). Vinified in stainless steel, with a short maceration of one week. Alex Favier then puts the final blend together.
Easy-drinking, unoaked and not too serious but still a properly flavoursome white wine with lovely aromatics on the nose, nice weight on the palate and a fresh, bright finish.
Food match with coconut flavoured Thai and Vietnamese dishes, or as a delicious foil to barbecued or grilled mackerel.
Grape Varieties: Viognier 40%, Picpoul Blanc 30%, Sauvignon Blanc 30%.