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Domaine Saint-Prefert Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017 (750ml)

Domaine Saint-Prefert Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2017 (750ml)

92-94 pts Jeb Dunnuck
I loved the 2017s from Ferrando, which all showed deep, rich, concentrated profiles not far off the 2016s. The 2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape gives up loads of chocolaty dark fruits, earth, and spice to go with a full-bodied, concentrated, layered style on the palate. It was fermented with no destemming, yet the stems are beautifully integrated and this all comes together seamlessly. Proprietress Isabel Ferrando has taken her Saint Prefert estate to France’s highest level, and she’s unquestionably making some of the most profound wines on earth today, including both reds and whites. The estate is located in the southern portion of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and covers roughly 55 acres, from which she releases five cuvées: two whites and three reds. Looking at the reds, 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. The Reserve Auguste Favier comes from 60- to 100-year-old vines and is based largely on Grenache with around 15% Cinsault, aged all in older barrels. This cuvée always shows a seamless, elegant profile. Lastly, and what I would consider her top wine, the Collection Charles Giraud is always a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvèdre, with the Grenache aged in tank and the Mourvèdre in demi-muids. I’ve also included her Châteauneuf-du-Pape Colombis cuvée here, which is released under the Isabel Ferrando label. It’s 100% Grenache from the sandy soils of t

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