2018 Domaine de Saint Prefert Reserve Auguste Favier (750ml)

Grenache from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France

B-21 Top Recommendation
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Anyone who has followed the great wines of the Rhone valley for any length of time will easily attest, Isabel Ferrando is one of this generation's most important players. I first met her at her post in Gigondas, where I was a regular visitor to one of the village's great domaines, Raspail-Ay. Her desire to expand into neighboring Chateauneuf du Pape led her to an ancient estate, Domaine Saint Prefert. A domaine which was first established by Fernand Serre nearly a century earlier, in the district of Quartier des Serres at the southern edge of the village, Saint Prefert was one of the first estate bottlers in the 1930s. Isabel's selections are among the very finest of Chateauneuf du Pape.

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This red puts on a gorgeous display of racy cassis, cherry puree and raspberry coulis flavors laced with garrigue and singed sandalwood accents, while a mouthwatering mineral edge drives underneath. The long finish lets the fruit play out, adding flickers of tobacco and shiso leaf. Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvèdre. Best from 2022 through 2038.

96 points, James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Oct 2020)

Usually the most ethereal and perfumed of the cuvées at Saint-Préfert, the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve Auguste Favier lives up to that billing yet again, with floral notes that suggest rose petals and violets, delicate hints of dried spices and Provençal herbs and plenty of red-berried fruit. It's full-bodied but almost lacy in feel, with a fine, silky texture and a long, elegant finish with a surprisingly tannic edge.

95 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Sep 2020)

Also Grenache dominated yet blend with 15% Cinsault, the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Reserve Auguste Favier gives up a brilliant and complex bouquet of red and blackberries, Provençal garrigue, lavender, peppered meat, and baking spices. Rich, full-bodied, and with another level of concentration over the classic cuvee, this is another incredibly classy, seamless, flawlessly balanced wine that does everything right. It’s certainly great today yet has building tannins and is going to evolve for 15+ years.

95 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Oct 2020)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
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$63.98
This item is a pre-order estimated to arrive 05/24/21. 60+ bottles available.

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