Domaine St.-Prefert Chateauneuf-du-Pape Collection Charles Giraud 2007
Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
#31 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009
Wine Spectator - "Dark roasted Kenya AA coffee, braised fig, charred mesquite, mulled currant and blackberry fruit all work together in this huge and muscular but seamless and velvety offering. Graphite, brown bread, mineral and espresso notes weave through the finish, which has loads of pepper- and loam-tinged grip in reserve. Grenache and Mourvèdre. Best from 2011 through 2030. 665 cases made. "
Domaine St.-Prefert Winery
In the 1920's, Mr. Fernand Serre pharmacist in Avignon, discovered that a small piece of vineyard in Châteauneuf-du Pape bore his name : the Serres area. As a respectful winelover, he purchased about 80 hectares of vines, at the southern tip of the village of Châteauneuf.
Mr. Serre had been secretly dreaming for years of becoming a winter. He quickly built the winery and learned winemaking techniques. Mr. Serre was one of the first winters in Châteauneuf to bottle his own wine.
Before Mr. Serre passed away, he took great, care of transmitting his know-how to his son Camille and his daughter-in-law, Suzanne.
Today, Isabel Ferrando perpetuates this know-how ans passion for wine growing. View all Domaine St.-Prefert Wines
About Chateauneuf-du-Pape(shah-too-NUHF due Pahp)Southern Rhone's landmark region, Chateauneuf du Pape, was the first region to gain AC status in France. That was the 1920s – it's history goes much further back than that. As the name suggests, the wine region was named after the "new papal home," referring to the period of time in the 1300's when the pope resided in Avignon instead of Rome.
Photo of galets covering the soil at Chateau de Beaucastel
Notable FactsThere are 13 allowed varieties in Chateauneuf du Pape (14 if you count Grenache Blanc separately from Grenache Noir). Grenache is the primary variety, followed by Syrah and Mourvedre as well as Cinsault. About 97% of the wines here are red, although many chateaux are producing whites ranging from quaffable to decadent and ageworthy. Reds from the best estates emit wonderful flavors of gamey spice, blackberries and currant, as well as the herbs and spices that are known to grow in the region.
Note on the soil: The grapes grow on soils covered in rounded, smooth stones called galets (gah-lay). The stones naturally cover most of the soils throughout Chateauneuf du Pape and are two fold in their duties. First, they are able to reflect and absorb the heat, to quicken the ripening of the grapes. They also help to hold in moisture so that the soils are not dried out by the hot Southern French sun.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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