Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 2008, Domaine Chante Cigale

 

 

Color: light bright golden yellow

Smell: shocking saturated white floral with dried mango fruit, excellent odor.

Taste: plain and light fruity with mild acidity.

Grape: GRENACHE 25% ROUSSANE 25 % BOURBOULENC 25 % CLAIRETTE 5 %

Temperature: 10-12 degree Celsius

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Southern Rhone Valley

The resulting wine is dry, with plenty of crisp white fruit flavours on the palate leading through to an elegant refreshing finish. An ideal social drinking wine, but equally at home served with dishes such as poultry or salmon.

The domaine of Chante Cigale encompasses 40ha along the left bank of the Rhone, between Orange and Sourgues, on a variety of soils which contain a high proportion of ‘galets’. These are the large stones which warm up during the day, releasing their heat at night to ensure the grapes achieve maximum ripeness.
The yield is a quality conscious 32 hectolitres per hectare, this allows the vine to put all its resources into fewer grapes and therefore gives the winemaker the best possible raw material to work with. Fermentation is controlled at 19C in temperature contolled stainless steel tanks to preserve the aromatic qualities.
This wine is a blend of 30% Roussanne, 30% Clairette, 20% Grenache and 20% Local White Rhone Varietals and it is hauntingly fragrant, reminiscent of almond and peach blossom. The palate is a wonderfully smooth, silky textured balance of dried apricot fruit and fresh appley acidity.

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