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2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine de Saint Préfert Réserve Auguste Favier (750ml) [Printable View]
Producer: Domaine de Saint Préfert st-prefert.fr   details
Appellation: Châteauneuf-du-Pape - Vallée du Rhône - France (AOC)
Type: red
Varietal: Grenache - Syrah - Mourvèdre
Maturity: Hold/Drink
Rating: Outstanding
Est. Price: US$40.00
 
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Tasting Notes:
rated: November 8, 2012 , Robert Parker (WA)
94 points "The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve Auguste Favier is a noteworthy rival to the magnificent 2007. The Cinsault component gives the wine a floral, forest floor-like character, and the Grenache provides plenty of black cherry, raspberry and blacker fruit notes. The aromatics are already complex and the tannins are sweet in this full-bodied, deep, rich, provocative 2010. Drink this distinctive, impressive Chateauneuf du Pape over the next 12-15+ years. One of the most passionately run estates in all of Chateauneuf du Pape is Domaine Saint-Prefert, which is located in the southern sector of the appellation. Isabel Ferrando, who had been in the banking business, fell in love with wines from this region and ended up buying an estate with her husband. She now owns 55 acres, and has followed a blockbuster showing of her 2003s with a succession of brilliant wines through 2011. In addition to her three distinctive cuvees of Chateauneuf du Pape, she also produces a wine called Colombis, a 100% Grenache Chateauneuf du Pape sold under her own name. She also produces one of the finest dry whites of the appellation, a Special Vieilles Vignes cuvee of old vine Clairette. All in all, this estate is at the top of its game. In his brilliant book on Chateauneuf du Pape, Harry Karis got it right when he called Isabel Ferrando’s wines “semi-modern.” Certainly all the St. Prefert Grenache is aged in tank (old fashioned for sure), and the Mourvedre (a dominant component of the Charles Giraud cuvee) spends time in demi-muids. The Colombis is given a slightly different treatment as it is aged in truncated cone-shaped oak vats or foudres. Isabel Ferrando’s 2011 white wine offerings include a basic Chateauneuf du Pape blanc and what is one of the two or three candidates for the 2011 white wine of the appellation, her old vine cuvee of Clairette." Best 2012-2027
rated: November 8, 2012 , wine spectator and wine advocate
97 points " Score: 97 Release Price: $58Country: FranceRegion: Southern RhôneIssue: Oct 15, 2012 Ripe, pure and racy, with mouthwatering anise, steeped plum and hoisin sauce notes allied to a terrific graphite spine that carries the very lengthy finish while ganache, pepper, Turkish coffee and fresh espresso fill in on the back end. Shows the powerful structure and authoritative fruit of the vintage. Best from 2015 through 2030. 1,665 cases made. –JM" Best 2015-2030
rated: November 8, 2012 , Josh Raynolds, IWC
93 points "By Josh Raynolds Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jan/Feb 12 (85% grenache, with syrah and cinsault): Deep ruby. Deeply pitched aromas of blackberry, cherry compote and licorice, with a floral note adding lift. Warm and velvety on the palate, but with very good energy to the ripe black raspberry and cherry flavors. Aeration brings up suggestions of anise and garrigue that carry through the very long, sweet finish. 93-95 points"
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