Bottle Notes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2009 Domaine Saint Préfert Châteauneuf-du-Pape – 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. 15.5% ABV. 85% Grenache, 5% Mourvedre, 5% Syrah and 5% Cinsault. Gorgeous nose of red fruits, blood, asphalt and garrigue. Medium body with perfect acidity. Tremendous balance. Kirsch, herbs strawberry and cracked black pepper on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. Time has served this wine as well. Markedly better than bottles in previous years. Drink over the next 2-4 years.

My rating: 92 points.

Consider buying current vintages including the ’19 which should be available for around $50.

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