Blend: Grenache blanc 20% Roussanne 20 % Bourboulenc 20 % Clairette 20 % Picpoul 20%
Simply stated, I wish for more white Chateauneuf du Pape on the shelves. This is a white wine which possesses complexity and depth normally associated with red wines. If you say you do not like white wines, try one of these.
I suggest starting here with the 2020 Domaine Chante Cigale Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc. Using an equal amount of all of the appellation’s allowed white varietals (missing only Picardan), the wine’s nose jumps from the glass, exhibiting notes of baked apples, honeysuckle, and sliced citrus fruit. The palette continues with light lemon and orange flavors, complemented with stone fruits and minerality. The mid-palette is strong and the finish is long and refreshing.
After a long work week, this wine made Friday evening a pleasure, as this paired well with shrimp Thai noodles and relaxing music. I soon found myself on a second pour and really savored those deep complex flavors which just kept coming.
At $34.99, this isn’t an inexpensive bottle, but one finds the price well worth it for the delivered pleasure. Blanc wines from this region make up only 7% of total production, so pick it up when you see it. 20,000 bottles comprises the total production of this one, so get it if you find it! Do not be afraid of the recent vintage, it’s drinking great right now.
T-Scale: 93 points. Well worth this price point for this uncommon vino. I found mine at Wine Merchant in Norwood. I’ll be buying more, so get one before I get them all.