Issued from 67-107 year old vines in "Les Serres" in the Southwest corner of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this edition of Isabel Ferrando's "Cuvée Auguste Favier" is really lovely.
Wine Spectator called it "generously fruited, with a core of fig, blackberry and boysenberry confiture pumping along, framed with a lively black licorice note and carrying through a rich, black tea-accented finish. For the hedonist crowd."
Domaine Saint-Préfert was originally established in the 1930s by Fernand Serre, a pharmacist in nearby Avignon. Fast forward to 2002, when his daughter in law, the widow Madame Serre, agreed to sell the family domaine to the young Isabel Ferrando, a former banker looking to find a job closer to nature. With the help of consulting oenologist Philippe Cambie, and today Baptiste Olivier, Ferrando has catapulted Saint-Préfert into a rarefied stratum of Châteauneuf producers. Don’t just take our word for it: “Under the guidance of Isabel Ferrando, who burst onto the scene in 2003, Domaine Saint Prefert has leapt into the handful of top estates in Châteauneuf du Pape. While the style has shifted slightly since 2009 - when she started including more stems and I think pulling back a touch on ripeness - her wines still have sensational levels of fruit, beautiful purity and overflowing Provençal charm.” – The Wine Advocate