Chandon releases Chant des Cigales organic sparkling wine made with certified organic grapes grown in Southern France’s Côtes de Provence Region. The brand’s very first organic sparkling wine was crafted by Audrey Bourgeois, Chandon’s head of winemaking innovation and technical coordination, under the mentorship of Richard Geoffroy, an ex-chef de caves at Dom Pérignon and Eric Lebel, a chef de caves at Krug.
Chandon Chant des Cigales is a blend of eight emblematic grape varieties: grenache, cinsault, syrah, rolle, cabernet sauvignon, mourvèdre, carignan and tibouren. The bottle combines a balance of still wine with the texture of sparkling wine. The House has partnered with cooperatives and producers reputed for their organic vineyards, where Audrey Bourgeois, Richard Geoffroy and Eric Lebel sourced the best grape varieties, all organically grown. The creators also worked with the growers to choose the best technique to produce the wine, looking at both traditional and innovative methods. The trio decided that the Charmat method had to be used in order to preserve the wine’s primary fruity character and freshness.
Over more than two years, they blended and tasted hundreds of compositions until they found the perfect balance. They added grape must to start the second fermentation, and fermented the wine in pressure tanks at up to 4 bars, giving Chant des Cigales its characteristic subtle yet persistent vivacity. They wanted to craft a unique brut nature sparkling wine that reveals the full complexity and diversity of the fresh fruit aromas, without any addition of sugar in the final stage.
Chant des Cigales has a vivid yet delicate composition, served alone or with a single ice cube. The flavors shift, releasing a bracing minerality. The fascinating character and aromatic complexity of this sparkling wine pair well with an enticing variety of dishes.
With Chant des Cigales, Chandon celebrates a community of winemakers united by inquisitiveness and dedication, by an indefatigable desire to push the limits of savoir-faire while remaining faithful to Maison’s goal of innovating with bubbly wines.
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