Bottle Notes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2005 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.

Blood red in color. 14.5% ABV. Savory nose of red fruits, dried herbs, blood and garrigue. Medium body with loads of acidity. Surprisingly old school and rustic in profile. Cherries, pepper, iron and herbes de Provence on the palate. The finish is long and somewhat tannic. Just enough fruit at this point in time to balance out the tannins. Very good CdP but I was hoping for more. Best over the next 1-2 years.

My rating: 91 points.

Consider buying current vintages including the ’16 which should be available for around $60.

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