Bottle Notes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2004 Domaine Saint Préfert Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve Auguste Favier – Bottle Notes

Domaine Saint Prefert dates back almost 100 years, to the early 1920’s, when Fernand Serre purchased an 80 hectare parcel of land. He founded Domaine Saint Prefert in 1930. The winery quickly earned a reputation for making high quality Chateauneuf du Pape and Domaine Saint Prefert became one of the first wines exported from the Southern Rhone to the United States. In 2002, Isabel Ferrando, a former banker who learned about winemaking in the Gigondas appellation at Domaine Raspail-Ay, purchased the vineyard and winery from the Serre family. Philippe Cambie is her consultant.

Ruby red in color. 14.5% ABV. Savory nose of red fruits, cedar and grilled meats. Medium body with ample acidity. Powerful yet restrained. Emblematic of the ’04 vintage with great, pure flavors but not in any way over the top. Cherries, garrigue, blood and kirsch on the palate. The finish is very long with silky tannins. This CdP has it all. Structure, fruit, tannins and acid. What a pleasure. Drink over the next 2-3 years.

My rating: 93 points.

Consider buying current vintages including the ’13 and ’14 in the $40 to $50 range.

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2 thoughts on “2004 Domaine Saint Préfert Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve Auguste Favier – Bottle Notes

  1. Love Prefert and need more in my cellar! But don’t let Isabel see that you put Cambie consults her anymore! (inside joke but she correct someone on FB that he hasn’t consulted for them in years, haha)

    1. Ok. Good to know. I need more of her wines in my cellar as well. Hard to come by around here. I also try to buy her Isabel Ferrando Colombis when I run across it.

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