2016 Domaine Saint Prefert Chateauneuf du Pape Collection Charles Giraud
Even though she’s only been at it a dozen years, winemaker Isabel Ferrando has earned from many the moniker Queen of Chateauneuf du Pape has her Domaine Saint Prefert wines have risen to the very top of the quality pyramid and have quickly become some of the most coveted in the appellation. Her wines are free-wheeling, flamboyant, easy to love and unfailingly elegant and polished. But what many missed in her incredibly powerful, just-this-side-of-over-the-top 2015s was the underlying early complexity and structure you normally sense in a Ferrando wine. Her lineup in the very important 2016 vintage, though, is as complete as we’ll ever see. They’re startlingly good. We’re starting, this year, from the top down- getting her top two cuvees first and the stunningly fine ‘regular’ cuvee of Chateauneuf du Pape later in the summer.