Domaine Saint Préfert Collection Charles Giraud Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2018
- Rich, full-bodied
We’ve just entered rarified air with this Châteauneuf-du-Pape from cult winery Domaine Saint-Préfert. Let’s start with producer...
Saint-Préfert recently celebrated its 100th anniversary of making 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.
This ‘Charles Giraud’ Collection CdP is the jewel in the crown of Saint-Préfert’s range. It’s best to read the 99 point review below from Rhône aficionado Jeb Dunnuck to get a professional writer’s take on the wine, one that is quite rare and special. If you are serious about wine, then this is one for the collection.
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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.
“Moving to the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Collection Charles Giraud, it checks in as 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvèdre brought up in demi-muids. It’s a more structured wine than the Reserve Auguste Favier and boasts killer notes of ground pepper, graphite, spice box, and blackberries. With a huge core of sweet fruit, a layered, seamless texture, full body, and more concentration and depth than most in the vintage, it’s up with the top 2-3 wines out there in 2018.”
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- Blend Info
- 60% grenache and 40% mourvèdre
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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.