August 26, 2020
Limited Debut: The Henri Bonneau Disciple Delivers a Traditionally Inspired Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Ancient 60 to 100+ Year-Old Vines! Including the Highly Sought-After Collection Charles Giraud and One of the Best Value Tips In CdP.
“This superb estate has become one of my favorite estates in Châteauneu du Pape. Located in the Serres quarter of the appellation, where the football-sized rocks are especially noticeable. If you haven’t discovered Saint-Prefert and the brilliant winemaker Isabel Ferrando, it’s about time!” - Robert Parker
Like the bold and terroir driven wines from Campania, Basilicata, and Southern Italy, we love the mineral driven and sundrenched wines of the Rhone Valley and Southern France. No doubt about it, the renewed excitement in the wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape (CdP) over the past decade cannot be denied. And while we have dedicated time to the historic properties of Beaucastel, Vieux Telegraphe, Clos des Papes, and our favorite Mont Olivet, today we are highlighting an IWM original and one of our favorite rising stars of the region - Domaine Saint-Préfert. While we sold out of our recent Pegau allocation, we are now pleased to present this worthy follow-up, the debut from another disciple of the late Henri Bonneau – Isabel Ferrando. Since her debut, the groundbreaking winemaker has certainly been producing wines from the historic estate that rival the best of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, while also introducing organic farming to some of the oldest and finest Grenache vines in the appellation
We are able to include a rare offering from the full portfolio of this Queen of Old Vine Grenache, including the limited 400 case cuvée and former 100-point veteran, the 2018 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Collection Charles Giraud and the Réserve Auguste Favier, a highly allocated value cuvée produced from 60- to 100+-year-old vines – a blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Cinsault. We are also including the Châteauneuf-du-Pape Colombis, which is released under the Isabel Ferrando label. It’s 100% Grenache from the sandy soils of the Colombis lieu-dit located on the western edge of the appellation. As the Rhone Ranger, Jeb Dunnuck, has cited before, “readers looking for the essence of Grenache shouldn’t miss this beauty."
And while it is these special bottlings that border on near cult status with their severely limited production and allocations, the wine that we would like to draw your attention is the straightforward Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Classique. Here the classic Châteauneuf-du-Pape is always a rough blend of 90% Grenache (from 70-year-old vines) and the balance Syrah and Mourvèdre aged in demi-muids and smaller barrels. We uncorked a bottle of the 2018 with our friends at Bowler Selections, and it is jaw-dropping, one of those rare values in top tier CdP. Her almost Burgundian-like approach with old vines, assorted and ancient soil types, and whole cluster fermentation offers freshness and minerality to compliment texture. It is just a lot of wine that more enthusiasts need to experience. So, while many eyes might gravitate to the perfect, and near perfect collector expressions, our eyes remain on the Cuvée Classique that is approachable on the palate and in pocket at under$45!
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* Note: Due to the limited nature, all wines subject to confirmation and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
While Isabel took over in 2003, the estate has a long history dating back 100 years to 1920, where they were one of the first in the region to estate-bottle Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The domaine still has some of the original Grenache and Mourvedre that was planted at the estate. In addition to the genetic material, early in her career she was guided, and supported by the late Herni Bonneau, and she also had the foresight to bring on Philippe Cambie as her consultant in the early years (and then making some necessary changes to evolve with more freshness in her wines). Robert Parker has often said, “One can’t speak highly enough of the efforts by proprietress Isabel Ferrando, who has resurrected this well-known estate in Châteauneuf du Pape.” He is not alone, James Molesworth has echoed this opinion stating, "Domaine St.-Préfert and Domaine Ferrando, the joint domaines owned by Isabel Ferrando, have become reference points for red and white Châteauneuf-du-Pape since they were founded... "
ADDITIONAL NOTES AND REVIEWS
2018 Domaine de Saint-Prefert Châteauneu du Pape Cuvee Classique
Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “Like Caprili is to Brunello 2015 or Scavino is to Barolo 2016, this is one of the great introductory values in its category. There is history with estate, pedigree with the old vines and talent with the winemaking, and it is all delivered with value. Best of all the wine offers approachability on the palate and in the pocket. We are talking up to seventy-year-old Grenache in this expression, and the wine delivers incredible freshness with its signature texture. It is not monolithic, like many of her neighbors in the warm vintages – there is depth and spine here that can be attributed to the whole cluster fermentation and the rare limestone soils that is found in some of these parcels. Just awesome CdP – this is the wine that gets us excited about the region once again.”
92-94 Points, Jeb Dunnuck: "Moving to the reds, the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape offers the rounded, seamless style of the vintage as well as textbook notes of kirsch, cassis, spice, and garrigue. It’s a ripe, sexy, beautiful traditional cuvée to drink over the coming 15 years.” 8/19
2018 Domaine de Saint-Prefert Châteauneu du Pape Reserve Auguste Favier
85% Grenache, 15% Cinsault from the Serres lieu-dit. 100% whole-cluster fermentation. Aged 18 months; the Grenache is aged in cement and the Cinsault and Syrah in 600L used barrels. The Grenache and Cinsault vines average 60 years-old. Auguste Favier was the father of Ferrando's mother.
95-97 Points, Jeb Dunnuck: “Richer and more concentrated, the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Reserve Auguste Favier offers an incredibly layered, elegant, yet also powerful profile. Plenty of dark fruits, bouquet garni, pepper, and some meaty notes all define the bouquet, and it’s as seamless and silky as they come on the palate. It’s going to benefit from just short-term cellaring and will keep for two decades.” 8/19
2018 Domaine de Saint-Prefert Châteauneu du Pape Collection Charles Giraud
[The tête de cuvée of the domaine, made from the oldest vines in two parcels, les Serres and le Cristia. Les Serres is very warm and has the famous galets and gravel soil; Cristia has a sandy soil. A blend of 60% Grenache from 80-year-old vines, 40% Mourvèdre from 60-year-old vines. 100% whole cluster fermentation. Aged for 18 months in 600L used barrels. This wine has a huge capacity to age. It's the most structured of the Saint Prefert wines. Charles Giraud was Ferrando's grandfather from her father's side. On average, only 400 cases are produced of this wine per year making this very hard to find after release.]
96-99 Points, Jeb Dunnuck: “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.
2017 Domaine de Saint-Prefert Châteauneu du Pape Collection Charles Giraud
100 Points, Jeb Dunnuck: “Even better (as well as a perfect wine), the 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape Collection Charles Giraud checks in as a nominal blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvèdre that was brought up in demi-muids. It reveals a deep purple color as well as heavenly notes of blackberry and currant fruits intermixed with loads of cured meats, spice box, Asian spices, and a distinct loamy soil and minerality. Always more structured and powerful than the Reserve Auguste Favier release (no doubt due to the Mourvèdre component), it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, building yet polished tannins, flawless balance, and a great, great finish. Pure perfection in a glass, it’s as good as wine gets. Give bottles 2-4 years and enjoy over the following two decades. Hats off to winemaker Isabelle Ferrando for yet another thrilling wine!” 8/19
2018 Domaine de Saint-Prefert Châteauneu du Pape Colombis
[100% Grenache from three parcels: Colombis with a sandy soil, les Roues with a predominately clay soil, and le Cristia with a sandy soil. The vines average 60 years-old. Whole-cluster fermented and aged in neutral demi-muids for 18 months.]
96-99 Points, Jeb Dunnuck: “What could end up being the wine of the vintage, the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Colombis is basically all Grenache brought up in demi-muids. It exhibits a deep purple color as well as a blockbuster bouquet of blackcurrants, smoked herbs, ground pepper, and cured meats. Deep, full-bodied, powerful, and tasting like the essence of Provence, it has sweet tannins, the rounded, sexy style of the vintage, and a finish that won’t quit. Love Grenache? Buy this wine.” 8/19
Should you have any questions on these exciting wines, or would like to take advantage of this offer while supplies last, we are asking that you email orders back to me at email@example.com, connect with your portfolio manager or mention receipt of this offer if calling the store. All orders are subject to confirmation.
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