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.

Crimson in color. 14.5% ABV. Traditional nose of red fruits, wet pavement, garrigue and herbes de Provence. Medium body with ample acidity. Crisp and fresh. Kirsch, blood, nutmeg and dried cherries on the palate. Medium length on the finish. The tannins are resolved but there is enough fruit to make this wine compelling. Best over the next 1-2 years.

My rating: 92 points.

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

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