Serge Dore Domaine de Dionysos La Cigalette
Appellation: AOC Cairanne Cru du Rhône
Blend: 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre
DOMAINE DE DIONYSOS is the union of two properties, “La Devèze” and “La Cigalette”, located in the village of Uchaux les Farjon. The Farjon family established themselves there in 1720 after fleeing Marseilles during the Black Plague. André and his son Benjamin produce acclaimed wines under the Côtes du Rhône and Cairanne Cru du Rhône appellations. Wine Spectator’s James Molesworth summarized his visit to the property by stating: “This is a domaine that starts with the benefits of experience from Andre Farjon along with a strong, well-established vineyard base to produce ample quantities of modestly priced and very good to outstanding wines.”
LA CIGALETTE is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre from 30 to 50 year old vines planted southeast of the village of Cairanne on a 42-acre parcel from which the wine takes its name. Low yields guarantee good concentration of aromas in the wine, and the vineyard is now certified organic and goes even further by adhering to the principles of biodynamics.
Grenache brings a warmth and mellowness with aromas of red fruits and Provencale tones, opening into a palate of rich fruits and spicy layers. While the Syrah and Mourvedre bring robustness, maturity and color to the wine. The chalky-clay soils contribute a dimension of minerality reminiscent of the best limestone terroirs. Excellent long finish.
This is the Rhône Valley embodied, in Philippe Cambie’s trademark style. Winemaking consultant at the property for the past few years, he is credited with reviving the wines of the Rhône Valley in the past couple of decades, and was named Winemaker of the Year by Robert Parker in 2010.
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