2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Reserve Auguste Favier, Dom Saint Préfert

2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Reserve Auguste Favier, Dom Saint Préfert

Product: 20121116199
2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Reserve Auguste Favier, Dom Saint Préfert

Description

This delightful blend of  85% Grenache and 15% Cinsault is named after one of Isabel’s forebears, it seems. Its oratory is subtle with floral aromatics and hints of lavender and a Provençal market-place, then savoury notes on the mid-palate lending gravitas and complexity.
Simon Field MW, Rhône Wine Buyer

The effervescent Isabel Ferando is relatively traditional in her winemaking, in terms of de-stemming, cuvaison and such things. Her commercial acumen, however, leads her down the path of multiple cuvées, and a very attractive path it is in 2012, with each wine intriguingly different.
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Wine Advocate94/100
Jancis Robinson MW18/20
Wine Advocate94/100
Deeper and more concentrated, with medium to full-bodied richness and depth, the 2012 Chteauneuf du Pape Reserve Auguste Favier (70% Grenache, 10% Cinsault, 5% Syrah and the rest Mourvedre) has fabulous purity in its blackberry, currants, black licorice, roasted herbs and assorted meatiness. Possessing ultra-fine tannin and building underlying structure, it will benefit from 2-3 years in the cellar and evolve gracefully through 2027.
Jeb Dunnuck - 31/10/2014 Read more
Jancis Robinson MW18/20
Lieu-dit: Les Serres. 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault. Concrete and demi-muids. Blueish crimson. Very fresh and ethereal on the nose and then with great richness underneath finishing up with ripe tannins so the overall impression is not too sweet. Lots going on here!
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About this WINE

Domaine Saint Prefert

Domaine Saint Prefert

Domaine St Préfert is yet another Châteauneuf-du-Pape A-lister on our ever-expanding Rhône wine range. Isabel Ferrando’s vines are mainly located in the southern sector; her modus operandus is fairly traditional with no destemming, cement tank maturation and a taste for déléstage. Her outlook and temperament, however, fall into the more modern camp, as manifested by the multiplicity of differing ‘cuvées’, all, thankfully pleasingly different from each other.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Classique comes from (relatively) younger vines and is a blend of 85% Grenache and 5% each of Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. It is a charming showcase for Grenache at is most bounteous; Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Reserve Auguste Favier is a charming blend of Grenache and 15% Cinsault. The Châteauneuf-du-Pape cuvée Giraud includes 38% of Mourvèdre that adds dark-fruit power and spicy, savoury tannins.

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape

The most celebrated village of the Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the birthplace of the now indispensable French Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée system – imperfect though it may be. Compared to the Northern Rhône, the vineyards here are relatively flat and often feature the iconic galet pebbles – the precise benefits of which are a source of much debate. Minimum alcohol levels required by the AOC are the highest in France, but at 12.5% it is well below the natural generosity of Grenache, which only achieves its full aromatic potential when it is fully ripe and laden with the resultant high sugars. Syrah and Mourvèdre contribute the other defining elements in the blend, adding pepper, savoury spice and structure to the decadent Grenache. There are a further 10 permitted red grape varieties which can be used to adjust the “seasoning”. Of the five white varieties permitted, it is Grenache Noir’s sibling – predictably perhaps – Grenache Blanc, which dominates, though Roussanne shows a great deal of promise when handled well, notably at Château de Beaucastel.

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Southern Rhône Blend

Southern Rhône Blend

The vast majority of wines from the Southern Rhône are blends. There are 5 main black varieties, although others are used and the most famous wine of the region, Châteauneuf du Pape, can be made from as many as 13 different varieties. Grenache is the most important grape in the southern Rhône - it contributes alcohol, warmth and gentle juicy fruit and is an ideal base wine in the blend. Plantings of Syrah in the southern Rhône have risen dramatically in the last decade and it is an increasingly important component in blends. It rarely attains the heights that it does in the North but adds colour, backbone, tannins and soft ripe fruit to the blend.

The much-maligned Carignan has been on the retreat recently but is still included in many blends - the best old vines can add colour, body and spicy fruits. Cinsault is also backtracking but, if yields are restricted, can produce moderately well-coloured wines adding pleasant-light fruit to red and rosé blends. Finally, Mourvèdre, a grape from Bandol on the Mediterranean coast, has recently become an increasingly significant component of Southern Rhône blends - it often struggles to ripen fully but can add acidity, ripe spicy berry fruits and hints of tobacco to blends.

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