Monday, September 28, 2009

2007 Domaine Saint Prefert Chateauneuf du Pape

Brand: Domaine Saint Prefert
Style: Red Wine
Varietal: Rhone Blend
Region: Rhone
Category: France
Size: 750 ml
Ratings: RP 90-92IWC 89-92

Saint Prefert, the Product of Passion and Know How

In the 1920's, Mr. Fernand Serre, a pharmacist in Avignon, discovered that a small piece of vineyard in Chateauneuf-du Pape bore his name: the Serres area. As a respectful winelover, he purchased about 80 hectares of vines, at the southern tip of the village of Chateauneuf.

Mr. Serre had been secretly dreaming for years of becoming a vintner. He quickly built the winery and learned winemaking techniques. Mr. Serre was one of the first winters in Chateauneuf to bottle his own wine. Today, Isabel Ferrando perpetuates this know-how and passion for wine growing.

All the grape varieties used are vinified separately. Grenache and Cinsault bring warmth, colour and body. Mauvedre and Syrah offer structure and ageing potential. Counoise and Picpoul enhance vinosity and freshness. All of Saint Prefert's wines are estate bottled.

As Robert Parker says "Ever since winemaker Isabel Ferrando released her fabulous 2003s, this superb estate has become one of my favorite estates in Chateauneuf du Pape. Located in the Serres quarter of the appellation, where the football-sized rocks are especially noticeable, all one has to do is taste the 2003 Charles Giraud from Saint-Prefert to realize what exceptional heights can be reached. There are three cuvees, all of them particularly brilliant in 2007. If you haven't discovered Saint-Prefert and the brilliant winemaker Isabel Ferrando, it's about time!"


Robert Parker 90-92 Points

The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape is a blend of 80% Grenache and the rest equal parts Mourvedre, Syrah, and Cinsault. Half of it is aged in 600-litre demi-muids and the rest in cement tanks. The wine is delicious, showing the brilliant typicity of the appellation in its notes of lavender, melted licorice, kirsch liqueur, tapenade, and spice box. It is soft, round, full-bodied, very sexy, exceptionally pure, layered, and just a brilliant Chateauneuf du Pape. Drink it over the next 12-15 years.

International Wine Cellar 89-92 Points

Vivid red. Expressive, perfumed nose shows raspberry, garrigue, floral and smoky mineral qualities. Lush red fruit flavors are energized by tangy minerality and framed by silky tannins. Finishes pure and juicy, with a repeating floral note. You'll be able to drink this sexy wine as soon as it is released. Based on 80% grenache.

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