Domaine Saint Prefert

Isabel Ferrando's reputation for outstanding wines has grown every vintage since her first release in 2003. She purchased Domaine Saint-Préfert from the Serre family, who was one of the first to estate-bottle in the appellation in the 1930's; at that point, the domaine was 13.2 hectares, all in the Les Serres lieux-dit, south of the village of Châteauneuf. In 2004, she purchased more land and started making the 100% Grenache cuvée Colombis, primarily from the lieux-dit of Colombis, with sandy soil; she bottles this wine as Domaine Isabel Ferrando.

Ferrando has always farmed organically. She has very old vines in her holdings: the Grenache vines average more than 70 years old, and she still has some of the original Mourvèdre that was planted in the 1920's. Throughout each parcel, all thirteen varieties are co-planted, something that Henri Bonneau told her is, "the beginning of the complexity [of her wines.]"

There is not a secret formula here to making great wines. Ferrando has a young team and she is open to new ideas; she relies on tradition without being trapped by it. Starting in the 2009 vintage, Isabel started working with whole-cluster fermentations (without added yeasts,) finding that it increased freshness in the wines and lowered alcohol, giving the wines vibrance. Aging happens in a mix of concrete and 600L used barrels for up to 18 months.

Domaine Saint Prefert 'Reserve' Charles Giraud 2011
94  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 94 "Features a dark, warm ganache spine that holds the cherry compote, plum sauce and steeped currant fruit together. Smoldering charcoal and tobacco notes line the finish. Shows solid muscle for the vintage.”"  Wine Advocate 92 "The 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Collection Charles
Item Number: 13815
Bottle:$56.95
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Saint Prefert 'Charles Giraud' Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2013
96  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 96 "Shows impressive depth and range for the vintage, with layer upon layer of steeped fig, crushed plum and warm raspberry preserve flavors forming the core, all backed by Turkish coffee, licorice root and roasted alder notes. The finish is long and authoritative, presenting a
Item Number: 20628
Bottle:$71.95
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Domaine Saint Prefert 'Reserve Auguste Favier' 2013
94  Vinous Media 
Wine Advocate 92 "Checking in as a blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault and a splash of Mourvèdre, the 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape Reserve Auguste Favier is lively and fresh, with medium plus-bodied richness, fine tannin and ample aromas of blackberry, peppery herbs, lavender and violets." 
Item Number: 20437
Bottle:$44.95
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Saint Prefert 'Charles Giraud' Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2010
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100  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 98-100 "Robert Parker writes in Wine Advocate: "The celestial 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Collection Charles Giraud could come very close to equaling the genius of the 2007. This is again a blend of nearly 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvedre, but Isabel said it did include a touch of Syrah,

Saint Prefert 'Auguste Favier' Chat-du-Pape Reserve 2010
97  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 97 "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

Saint Prefert 'Auguste Favier' Chat-du-Pape Reserve 2010 1.5L
97  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 97 WS TOP 100 2012 Rank 12 "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

Domaine Saint Prefert Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2011
90  Stephen Tanzer 
Stephen Tanzer 90 "Deep ruby. Vibrant, high-pitched aromas of candied red fruits and lavender, with Asian spice and herb topnotes. Juicy and precise, offering gently sweet raspberry and cherry flavors and a good snap of acidity. Closes silky and long, with lingering spiciness and very good clarity.

Domaine Saint Prefert Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2012
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92  Stephen Tanzer 
Wine Advocate 91 "There are two Châteauneufs made in 2012, the classique and the Auguste Favier, with no Collection Charles Giraud. The 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape is another beautiful vintage here, and it offers classic kirsch, blackberry, roasted meats and toasted spice to go with a medium to

Domaine St Prefert 'Charles Giraud' Grenache 2009
96  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 96 "This gushes forth, with loads of plum, blackberry and cassis that saturate the palate, while apple wood, tobacco and perfumy incense keep everything fresh and alluring through the very lengthy finish, where a lively peppery hint leaves a mouthwatering feel. Best from 2013 through

Domaine Saint Prefert Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2010
92  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 90-92 "The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Classique is 85% Grenache and the rest Cinsault and Mourvedre. Eighty percent is aged in tank and the rest in two- to three-year-old demi-muids. This wine displays a dense purple color along with notes of bay leaf, tobacco leaf, cassis, kirsch,

Domaine Saint Prefert 'Reserve Auguste Favier' 2011
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93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 "The 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve Auguste Favier (85% Grenache and 15% Cinsault) is deeper and richer on the palate than I remember. Giving up loads of blackberry, licorice, smoked herbs and toasted spice, it possesses medium to full-bodied richness, beautiful mid-palate

Domaine Saint Prefert Chateauneuf du Pape 2005
95  Wine Spectator 
 Wine Spectator 95  Robert Parker 92-94 "Dense purple-colored, the grapy, young and unevolved but promising 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve Auguste Favier has a stunning nose of creme de cassis and raspberry liqueur intermixed with ground pepper, roasted Provencal herbs in addition to spice box

Saint Prefert Chateauneuf du Pape Clairette Blanc 2012 1.5L
95  Wine Advocate 
Wine Spectator 95 "A range of dried mango, papaya and quince flavors are melded together, backed by additional notes of peach and persimmon. The long finish is well-gilded with brioche and roasted almond, and through it all a thread of pink grapefruit oil provides the contrast needed for balance.

Domaine Saint Prefert Reserve Favier 2007
96  Robert Parker 
 Wine Spectator 95 "Jam-packed with flattering, hedonistic layers of crushed plum, warm fig and macerated blackberry and boysenberry fruit, all inflected with notes of pepper, tobacco, sweet tapenade and smoked apple wood. The long, flattering finish has a lovely, creamy mouthfeel."  Robert

Dom St Prefert Charles Giraud Chateauneuf du Pape 2007
100  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 100 "Absolutely prodigious, and, like the other two 2007s, superior to what I predicted last year, is the utterly perfect 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Collection Charles Giraud. Made from 80-year-old Grenache (60%) and 60-year-old Mouvedre (40%) and aged totally in 600-liter demi-muids, I

Saint Prefert Chateauneuf du Pape Clairette Blanc 2012 1.5L
96  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 96 "Even better, and one of the top whites coming out of the Rhone valley, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Clairettes is an incredible blend of 100% Clairette that’s aged in demi-muid. Rich, textured and yet brilliantly focused, it displays notes of brioche, vanilla cream, white

Domaine St Prefert Reserve Auguste Favier 2009
94  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 94 "Very rich and caressing, with lovely plum sauce, melted licorice and cassis aromas and flavors all woven together and backed by ample but velvety tannins. The long, tar-stained finish shows well-integrated grip, while the fruit echoes. Best from 2012 through 2023.J.M." 

Domaine Saint Prefert 'Giraud' Chateauneuf du Pape 2004
93  Wine Spectator 
 Wine Spectator 93 "Silky style, with racy red cherry and red currant fruit woven with sandalwood, mineral and herbs de Provence. Long finish shows pepper and mineral notes with the fruit blossoming around them. Drink now through 2026. 330 cases made. "  Robert Parker 90 "The 2004 Chateauneuf du

Domaine Saint Prefert Chateauneuf du Pape 2006
94  Wine Spectator 
 Wine Spectator 94 "Sleek and pure, with superb concentration to the fig, currant paste and mocha notes, all balanced by black licorice and mineral notes that extend through the finish, which echoes with sweet tobacco, hoisin sauce and ganache, boding well for cellaring. Grenache and Cinsault. Best

Domaine Saint Prefert Chateauneuf du Pape 2004
95  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 95 "One can't speak highly enough of the efforts by proprietress Isabel Ferrando, who has resurrected this well-known estate in Chateauneuf du Pape. This is a beautifully made wine that merits serious attention. The 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve Auguste Favier, made from 40- to

Domaine Saint Prefert Chateauneuf du Pape 2008
90  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 88-90 "No Chateauneuf du Pape Collection Charles Giraud was made in 2008 because of the challenges of the vintage, but a fine 2008 Chateauneuf du Pape was produced from a blend of 80% Grenache and the rest equal parts Mourvedre, Syrah, and Cinsault. Half of this cuvee is aged in

Domaine Saint Prefert Reserve Favier 2008
92  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 90-92 "The 2008 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve Auguste Favier is composed of 85% Grenache and 15% Cinsault. Among the deepest, richest, and fullest of the 2008s I tasted, it offers ripe scents of berry fruit, licorice, herbs, and pepper followed by a medium to full-bodied wine with

Domaine Saint Prefert Chateauneuf du Pape 2007
92  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 90-92 "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