Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Réserve des Oliviers
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Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Réserve des Oliviers - 2018

Item # 28238 750mL
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Tasting Notes

Châteauneuf-du-Pape reds are for people who like fuller-bodied wines. This is a great match for cassoulet or lamb stew. There's plenty of character in this wine: spicy red fruits, black pepper, and a good dose of tannins.

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Staff Pick Notes

Made up of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah, this medium to full-bodied wine exhibits the best qualities of these great grape varieties. It's spicy because of Syrah and beautifully perfumed because of Grenache. Concentrated flavors of baked plums, blueberries, tobacco, and medium tannins are noticeable on the palate. On the nose you'll find plum followed by a touch of leather. It should be decanted for a bit. This is not an extremely complex wine but it's a good example of what a southern Rhône wine should be. And without spending a fortune, you'll have a rich glass full of experience for your senses paired with food or drunk alone!


About the Producer

Maison Favier Châteauneuf du Pape, Rhône Valley, France Domaine Chante Cigale is situated on the left bank of the Rhône, between Orange and Sorgues, on a variety of soils which contain a high proportion of ‘galets’. These are the large stones of Châteauneuf-du-Pape which heat up during the day, and release their heat at night, allowing the grapes to achieve maximum ripeness. This is an historic...

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