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 powerful structure and authoritative fruit of the vintage. Best from 2015 through 2030."
Rhone Report 95
"A step up in terms of size and richness, yet still leaning towards the elegant end of the spectrum, the 2010 Domaine Saint Préfert Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve Auguste Favier is a blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Cinsault that is aged in neutral demi-muid. It delivers a smoking bouquet of wild strawberry, blackberry, garrigue, licorice, and exotic spice that flows to a full-bodied, seamless, and elegant Châteauneuf-du-Pape that has no hard edges, fantastic freshness, and building tannin on the finish. It is a beautifully fresh 2010 that will be better with a handful of years in the cellar, and drink well for 12-15 years."
Robert Parker 94
"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."
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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.