Bottle Notes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2006 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.

Domaine Saint Prefert Reserve Auguste Favier comes from an average blend of 85% Grenache and 5% Cinsault. The terroir is pure rocks and stones in the soil.

Crimson in color. 14.5% ABV. Pretty nose of red fruits, wet stones, garrigue and lavender. Medium body with strong acidity. Crisp, fresh and well balanced. Kirsch, strawberry, roasted herbs and iron on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. Fantastic CdP from an over looked vintage. Best over the next several years.

My rating: 93 points.

Consider buying current vintages including the ’16 which should be available for around $75.

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