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Domaine de Saint Siffrein enjoys a long history in the Southern Rhone valley as it was founded in 1880 by Abel Chastan. Domaine de Saint Siffrein is still owned by the same family, the Chastan family today. However for much of the time since the estate was created, the harvest was sold to negociants. That began to change in 1950, when they began producing, bottling and selling their own wine. Cyril Chastan a direct descendant of the founder has been in charge of managing Domaine de Saint Siffrein since 2005, when he took over from his father, Claude Chastan.
Domaine de Saint Siffrein Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking
Domaine de Saint Siffrein owns 14 hectares of vines in the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation. 13 hectares are used to grow red wine grapes. 1 hectare is reserved for the production of white wine grape varieties. The vineyards are well placed in the northwestern part of Chateauneuf du Pape, in the Cabrieres and Palestor lieux-dits. The vineyard is managed using biodynamic farming techniques. In 2012, Domaine de Saint Siffrein was certified Agriculture Biologique. However, Domaine de Saint Siffrein can claim credit for being one of the first vineyards in Chateauneuf du Pape to practice organic farming, which is something they have been doing since at 1980.
Domaine de Saint Siffrein Chateauneuf du Pape is a blend of 65% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault from vines that are at least 60 years of age. The terroir is mostly galets, but there are also soils with clay, sand and limestone. The wines are aged mostly in with 10% of the wine being aged in foudres and old, French oak barrels for for 12 months. The production averages 3,500 cases per vintage.
Domaine de Saint Siffrein Chateauneuf du Pape Terre d’Abel is usually a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre, although you can also find Syrah included in the blend as well. The terroir is mostly galets, but there are also soils with clay, sand and limestone. The vines used here are old vines that range from 60 years of age to more than 100 years of age. Although the blend can vary depending on the vintage. The wine is aged in a combination of vessels with roughly 70% of the wine aging in foudres and the remaining wine is aged in used, French oak barrels. The production is quite small with less than 200 cases per year being produced.
Serving and Decanting Domaine de Saint Siffrein with Wine, Food Pairing Tips
Domaine de Saint Siffrein is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be popped and poured, or decanted for an hour so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Domaine de Saint Siffrein is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, sausage and cassoulet. Domaine de Saint Siffrein is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms pasta, eggplant and tomatoes.
The white wine of Domaine de Saint Siffrein is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.
Domaine de Saint Siffrein Wine Tasting Notes
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2014 Domaine de Saint Siffrein ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Medium bodied, with a mineral driven, spicy, fresh, herbal infused, peppery, red berry charm. A few years in the bottle should add more softness and complexity to the wine.
Jun 23, 2016points - Tasted 921 Views
2013 Domaine de Saint Siffrein ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Spicy plum, earth and garrigue notes, with a meaty personality and slightly dry, tannic finish.
Sep 8, 2015points - Tasted 1552 Views
2010 Domaine de Saint Siffrein ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Full bodied, round, concentrated and even though it's quite young, it's already displaying sweet, lush, black raspberries, kirsch, thyme and fresh herbs. The wine smells great and feels just as good on your palate.
Nov 13, 2015points - Tasted 3246 Views
2009 Domaine de Saint Siffrein Terre d'Abel ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Focused on the red fruit of the style range. With air, the garrigue and fresh, spicy, tannic, dark red fruits began to show, but it took some time in the glass for its character to emerge.
Nov 13, 2015points - Tasted 940 Views