Domaine Saint Préfert Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2017
- Rich, full-bodied
When crafted by a skilled winemaker such as Isabel Ferrando at Domaine Saint Préfert, Châteauneuf-du-Pape is one of the most expressive, compelling and age-worthy red wines in the world. This is the estate Châteauneuf, providing an excellent example of what Isabel is capable of at a much more approachable price than some of the reserves.
Saint-Préfert is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year with an incredible release of wines, ones that truly 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.
Rather than try to outdo the professional wine writers, I’ll simply point you in the direction of Joe Czerwinski of The Wine Advocate’s review below. It’s just one of several such reviews that speak to the excellence of this wine and producer.
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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.
“With slightly more pronounced tannins than most vintages, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape should be set aside for a year or two and then consumed over the following decade. It offers fresh, vibrant blackberry and blueberry flavors, a full-bodied, velvety-textured palate and a long, tannic finish tinged with orange zest.”
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- Blend Info
- 85% Grenanche, 5% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre, 5% Cinsault
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My sister Nicci calls these "puddingstone wines", because the vines are literally grown on soils lightly covering giant boulders roughly translated as "pudding stones". Châteauneuf-du-Pape has a rich history, and the reds (usually grenache-predominant) can be a blend of up to 13 grape varieties, including some cheeky whites to round out the mix. The resultant wines are complex, brooding but usually not giant, and delicious. Especially if you call them puddingstone wines.
The rules are there ain’t no rules, but here are some foods we think will work pretty well with this wine...