Domaine Saint Préfert Reserve Auguste Favier Chateauneuf du Pape 2019
- 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 ‘August Favier’ Reserve, one of the top wines in this producer’s range.
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.
Rather than try to outdo the professional wine writers, I’ll simply point you in the direction of Jeb Dunnuck’s 98 point review below. It’s just one of several such reviews that speak to the excellence of this wine.
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“The 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Réserve Auguste Favier is based on 85% Grenache and 15% Cinsault, all from the Les Serres lieu-dit, and was brought up all in demi-muids. Black raspberries, spring flowers, pepper, and loamy earth and mineral nuances all make an appearance here, and this flawlessly balanced, medium to full-bodied Châteauneuf du Pape has incredible finesse and elegance while still bringing beautiful richness and length. It's not the biggest, richest wine in the vintage, but it shines for its complexity and seamlessness. It's pure class.”
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- 85% Grenache, 15% 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.