Domaine Saint Préfert Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2018
- Textured, savoury
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 has gone from strength to strength with its last few vintages, showcasing wines 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 Jeb Dunnuck’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.
“Darkly coloured, this has an elegant, harmonious, vinous aromatic display of liquorice, lilies and blood. Full-bodied, but reined in, without too much fat on the tongue underpinned by a deep, tight tannic weave and piercing acidity. This has genuine depth and intensity and will take on complexity in time. Considerably more textural depth than most of its peers in this vintage. You could drink it now, but hold until 2026 if you can. Fermented and aged in concrete.”
Full price $120.00 from the producer.
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- 85% Grenache and 5% each of Syrah, Mourvèdre, and 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.