Domaine Saint Préfert Beatus Ille Côtes du Rhône 2019
- Textured, savoury
- Rhône Valley
This Côtes du Rhône comes from Domaine Saint-Préfert, one of the region’s truly cult producers. They just celebrated their 101st anniversary this year with another incredible release of wines that start in the vineyard. The soils are stony, porous and filtering, allowing the vines to root deeply in clay. With such extreme temperatures in the Rhône, these deep roots are vital to accessing water, resulting in grapes of immense intensity and richness. Saint-Préfert’s range of Châteauneuf-du-Pape can get quite pricey, so this wine is a great opportunity to get your hands on something from one of the more exciting wineries in France at the moment.
A grenache dominant blend, its power and opulence is balanced by 20% cinsault, adding to the beautiful bouquet and offering elegance to all of the richness on offer. You’ll be hard pressed to find another wine as well-made, detailed and stunning as this for the price.
Part of our Women in Wine Collection
We are committed to ALWAYS having wines available that are made by women. In an industry that’s still dominated by men, we believe in celebrating the incredible work women are doing. Here’s to our Women in Wine!
Isabel Ferrando was born and raised in Provence, eventually abandoning a first career in banking to realise her passion for winemaking in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
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- Rhône Valley
- Alcohol by Vol.
- Bottle Vol
- Blend Info
- 80% Grenache 20% Cinsault
- Serving Temp.
The Rhône Valley is a dichotomous beast. The North is ruled by Syrah (=Shiraz), with or without a touch of Viognier for perfume, while in the South you'll find all matter of blends such as those of Chateauneuf du Pape (about thirteen varieties in these on average, at last count...) and the origins of the GSM (heard of Côtes du Rhône?). The Northern Rhône is Australia's ultimate sparring partner in the 'we say Shiraz, you say Syrah' fencing match. With such famous names as Côtes-Rôtie, Gigondas and Crozes-Hermitage (remember when Grange was called Hermitage...?), you can bet your bottom dollar - and the few hundred that go with it - that you'll need to be ticking off a few of the better ones before you kick it. Don't discount the whites though. Some of the finest whites you'll ever try come from Condrieu (the most sensual Viognier you'll try, at a price), and the lesser (in cost, at least) blends, often based on Grenache Blanc or Viognier. And watch out for dry, Rhône rose - it's become so popular that the industry bodies are warning the region not to over-produce. Look out Kiwi Sav Blanc!