Learn everything about Domaine Saint Prefert Chateauneuf du Pape with wine tasting notes, wine and food pairing tips, best vintages, a history of the property and information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important wineries and wine makers from the Rhone valley: Links to all Rhone Valley Wine Producer Profiles
Domaine Saint Prefert History, Overview
The birth of Domaine Saint Prefert dates back almost 100 years, to the early 1920’s, when Fernand Serre purchased an 80 hectare parcel of land. In less than a decade, he founded Domaine Saint Prefert in 1930. Domaine Saint Prefert quickly earned a reputation for making high quality Chateauneuf du Pape.
In fact, Domaine Saint Prefert became one of the first wines exported from the southern Rhone to the United States!
In 2002, Isabel Ferrando, a former banker who learned about winemaking in the Gigondas appellation at Domaine Raspail-Ay, purchased Domaine Saint Prefert from the Serre family.
At the time, the property included 13.2 hectares of vines. The terroir was mostly rocks, gravel and small pebbles and stones. Since that point in time when she took over the estate, Isabel Ferrando has continued to increase her holdings in Chateauneuf du Pape to its current size.
The debut vintage of Domaine Saint Prefert under the leadership of Isabel Ferrando was 2003, an extremely hot, dry year. To assist in the direction of the property, one of the first decisions made by Isabel Ferrando was to bring in Philippe Cambie as her consultant in 2003.
The other important figure in the life of Isabel Ferrando was Henri Bonneau. In 2009, Isabel Ferrando purchased a small parcel of 100% old vine, Grenache vines that became Domaine Ferrando Colombis. In 2013, Domaine Saint Prefert earned its certification for using 100% biodynamic farming techniques.
The best vintages of Domaine Saint Prefert are: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2005 and 2003.
Domaine Saint Prefert Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking
Domaine Saint Prefert produces 3 red Chateauneuf du Pape wines and 2 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc wines.
Domaine Saint Prefert Chateauneuf du Pape is a blend of 90%, old vine Grenache, 5% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault. The old vine Grenache is on average more than 75 years of age. The grapes are not destemmed. The wine is aged in a combination of demi-muids and French oak barrels for an average of 18 months before bottling. Close to 350 cases are made each year.
Domaine Saint Prefert Isabel Ferrando comes from a blend of 85% Grenache, 5% Cinsault, 5% Mourvedre and 5% Syrah. Although the blend can vary, depending on the vintage. The terroir is pure galets from vines planted in the Le Serres lieu-dit. The grapes are not destemmed. The wine is aged in a combination of French oak barrels and demi-muids for 18 months before bottling. The production is close to 350 cases per vintage.
Domaine Saint Prefert Isabel Ferrando Reserve Auguste Favier comes from an average blend of 85% Grenache and 5% Cinsault. The terroir is pure rocks and stones in the soil. The vines are planted in the Les Serres lieu-dit. The grapes are not destemmed.
Each grape variety is vinified and aged separately. The Grenache is aged in tank. The Cinsault is aged in French, oak barrels that vary in age. The wine is aged in 50% cement tank and the rest in demi-muids for 18 months. 1,000 cases are produced each year.
Domaine Saint Prefert Isabel Ferrando Collection Charles Giraud is made from blending 60% old vine Grenache and 40% Mourvedre, although the blend can vary quite a bit, depending on the vintage. The terroir is pure rocks and stones found in the Les Serres and Le Cristia lieux-dits. The vines for this cuvee range in age to as young as 40 years to more than 100 years of age.
All together, the average vine age for this cuvee is between 60 to 100 years. The grapes are not destemmed. Each grape variety is aged separately before blending. The wine is aged for about 18 months in demi-muids. On average, only 400 cases are produced of this wine per year making this very hard to find after release.
Domaine Saint Prefert Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc is a blend of 90% Clairette, 5% Grenache Blanc and 5% Bourboulenc. The wine is aged in a combination of steel tanks and used French oak barrels for 6 months. 350 cases are produced each vintage.
Domaine Saint Prefert Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes de Clairette Blanc is as the name suggests, produced from 100% old vine Clairette. The vines range from 80 to 100-years of age. The grapes are vinified in French oak barrels. The wine is aged in a combination of demi-muids and old French oak barrels. Not much wine is made and what little wine is produced is only available in magnum.
When to Drink Domaine Saint Prefert, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Domaine Saint Prefert can be enjoyed on the young side if decanted for 1-2 hours or so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Domaine Saint Prefert is usually better with 4-6 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. In the best vintages the wine should be consumed within 5-22 years after the vintage.
Serving Domaine Saint Prefert with Wine, Food Pairing Tips
Domaine Saint Prefert is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Domaine Saint Prefert is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, sausage, barbecue, grilled meats and cassoulet. Domaine Saint Prefert is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, cheese, pasta, eggplant and tomatoes.
The white wine of Domaine Saint Prefert is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.
Domaine Saint Prefert also makes a wine from vines planted in the Cotes du Rhone appellation, Clos Beatus Ille.
Domaine Saint Préfert Wine Tasting Notes
20 Vintages 56,444 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2016||Domaine Saint Préfert Collection Charles Giraud (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Intensely concentrated, yet light on its feet, this is all about the purity of fruit, sensuous, sexy, velvet textures, and expansive layers of fruit in the finish that must last close to 60 seconds. There is a depth of flavor that invites your palate to explore the wine again and again looking for what else might happen! The wine was made blending 60% old vine Grenache with 40% Mourvedre.
3,638 Views Tasted Sep 15, 2018
|2016||Domaine Saint Préfert Réserve Auguste Favier (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Velvety textures, spicy, pure, sweet, black raspberry and kirsch notes, with a concentrated mid palate and a fresh, peppery, cherry filled finish that keeps on going with its multiple layers of sweet, red and dark red fruits. What's not to like? The wine was produced from a blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Cinsault.
3,008 Views Tasted Sep 15, 2018
|2016||Domaine Saint Préfert (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Polished, soft and silky, the feels as good as it tastes. The fresh plums and cherries are ripe, juicy and with the right amount of peppery spice in the endnote. It is hard to find a better wine of this quality for the money. If you are not familiar with it, you need to check it out!
2,123 Views Tasted Sep 15, 2018
|2015||Domaine Saint Préfert Collection Charles Giraud (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Earthy, spicy, red fruits that are made more interesting with a couch of herbs and incense, the wine is silky, full bodied and long, with a real depth of flavor in the, lush, polished fruit filled finish. The wine was made blending 60% old vine Grenache with 40% Mourvedre.
5,969 Views Tasted Aug 21, 2017
|2015||Domaine Saint Préfert Réserve Auguste Favier (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Supple textures, sweet, ripe, fresh, juicy, red fruits, silky tannins and when that's done, there is even more fruit in the elegant finish, and with that, well you get the picture of this stellar wine. Produced from a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Cinsault, the wine reached 15% alcohol.
4,962 Views Tasted Aug 21, 2017
|2015||Domaine Saint Préfert (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Soft and smooth texturally, the fruit is on the fresh, elegant side. The kirsch and raspberry fruits are with infused with thyme and earthy notes. This beauty will drink well on release. Wines like this, at this price are some of the best, values in red wine available from any wine region on the planet.
2,372 Views Tasted Aug 21, 2017
|2014||Domaine Saint Préfert Collection Charles Giraud (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
There is more than ample, rich, fresh, sweet, fruit with vibrant acidity, silky, lush, polished textures and a fruit filled, peppery finish, with length that sticks with you. The wine was made from a blend 55% Grenache, 40% Mourvedre and 5% Syrah. This is one of the best wines of the vintage. You can drink it young for its energy, or age it a few years for more secondary complexity.
1,977 Views Tasted Jun 24, 2016
|2014||Domaine Saint Préfert (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Polished, soft, fresh and pure, with a silky texture and sweet, kirsch and anise filled character. The wine is medium bodied, forward will drink well on the young side, while you wait for the 2015 to age and come into its own.
1,810 Views Tasted Jun 23, 2016
|2012||Domaine Saint Préfert Réserve Auguste Favier (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Juicy kirsch notes, silky textures and sweet, spicy fruits in the finish. Produced from a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Cinsualt, the wine reached 15% alcohol.
2,773 Views Tasted Sep 17, 2014
|2012||Domaine Saint Préfert (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Licorice, kirsch, flowers and peppery aromas get you ready for the soft, sweet, ripe, multiple layers of fresh, black raspberries in the mid palate and finish.
1,839 Views Tasted Sep 10, 2014
|2011||Domaine Saint Préfert Collection Charles Giraud (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Black cherry liqueur scents are all over the place before you feel the polished red fruits and tannins in the rich, concentrated, fresh finish. Blending 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvedre, the wine reached 15% alcohol.
2,627 Views Tasted Aug 26, 2014
|2011||Domaine Saint Préfert Réserve Auguste Favier (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Licorice, earth and black cherry scents prime you for the silky, plush, round layers of sweet, red fruits in the finish. The wine was made from a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Syrah, reaching 15% alcohol.
1,711 Views Tasted Aug 26, 2014
|2011||Domaine Saint Préfert (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Licorice and kirsch notes to a soft, medium bodied, open, fresh core of spicy, fresh red and black plums.
2,178 Views Tasted Aug 19, 2014
|2010||Domaine Saint Préfert Collection Charles Giraud (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
This is a stunner from start to finish. Intense, concentrated, pure, powerful and lush, the kirsch, black cherry, coffee bean, licorice, smoke, black pepper and fresh herb personality of this wine is quite distinctivce.
7,070 Views Tasted Dec 28, 2013
|2009||Domaine Saint Préfert Collection Charles Giraud (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
This is just rockin' today! Loaded to the gills with perfectly ripe kirsch, black raspberries, pepper, thyme and garrigue, the wine is rich, plush, full bodied, long and intense, with a beautiful, spicy, dark red berry finish. The wine is made from a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvedre.
1,921 Views Tasted May 2, 2016
|2007||Domaine Saint Préfert Réserve Auguste Favier (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Deep, rich, lush, concentrated, and with a purity of fruit, you find sweet, ripe kirsch, black plum, thyme, jam, spice and peppery aromatics. There is weight and density that emanates from old vine Grenache, but everything is in balance and harmony. At 10 years of age, this is showing really great today.
2,753 Views Tasted May 25, 2017
|2006||Domaine Saint Préfert (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Fully mature, this medium bodied, fresh, bright, earthy, garrigue and peppery kirsch filled wine requires consumption sooner than later.
1,034 Views Tasted Mar 7, 2018
|2005||Domaine Saint Préfert Collection Charles Giraud (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Concentrated, lush, rich, deep and supple. The wine is loaded with the perfect blend of sweet, ripe, spicy, dark, red fruits, kirsch, pepper and herbs. This is showing really great today.
2,213 Views Tasted Mar 10, 2017
|2005||Domaine Saint Préfert Réserve Auguste Favier (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Definitely ready to go, the wine shows ripe, peppery, spicy, black raspberries, herb and earthy characteristics on the nose and in the fresh, full bodied, vibrant finish. The wine was made from a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Cinsault.
2,475 Views Tasted May 23, 2016
|2003||Domaine Saint Préfert Collection Charles Giraud (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Fully mature, with all the juicy, kirsch, garrigue, thyme and black cherries you could ask for. Lush in texture, there was no sign of heat of jammy notes. Served blind, I thought it was an 05.
1,991 Views Tasted Jun 18, 2017