Domaine St Prefert
Isabel Ferrand is headed for the top, of that there can be little doubt. To say she is chasing a certain producer's crown would be an understatement! Together with her husband she purchased this moribund estate in 2003 and since then has employed the help of Chateauneuf's resident oenologist Philippe Cambie. To the further astonishment of the village, Isabelle has managed to purchase a few extra hectares of prime vineyards too! The production at present is small, a mere 22000 bottles, but as her new purchases come on-stream expect this figure to rise. The main focus of her vineyards is to the south-east of the village in the Quartier de Serres. Here, the soil is galets roules (red pebbles). There are a number of red cuvees made at the estate but it was the selection Charles Giraud made from 60% Grenache and 40% old vine Mourvedre that really stood out. Aged in three-year-old demi-muids after fermentation. The grapes are 100% destemmed. Inky black and brimming with black cherry fruits, liquorice and complex spices. Full and large scaled with wonderful richness and opulence, the Mourvedre adding a more sauvage character. This cuvee will certainly need plenty of time. 10-20+.