2013 Domaine Saint Prefert "Classique" Chateauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1239549 91-93 points Vinous

 Vivid ruby-red. High-pitched, mineral-tinged aromas of fresh red berries and flowers, in a style that's strongly reminiscent of a ripe-year Burgundy. Shows very good clarity and lift on the palate, with sweet raspberry and rose pastille flavors sharpened by a jolt of blood orange. This supple, open-knit wine is firmed on the back by smooth tannins and should be delicious right out of the gate. (JR)  (4/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Features a well-packed core of plum, black currant and raspberry preserve flavors, harnessed for now by singed alder, shiso leaf and anise notes. The acidity is very fine and well-embedded, showing more than enough balance to meld fully. (JM)  (11/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Ripe redcurrant fruit, a touch of liquorice and fennel and plenty of concentration. Heavy but not lumbering. Has the gutsiness to age well. (RH)  (2/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvee Classique (70% Grenache, 15% Cinsault, 10% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre) was raised mostly in concrete tanks, yet had 25% of the blend in three-year-old 600-liter demi-muids. Showing the cooler, non-sunny personality of the vintage, it gives up darker berry fruits, pepper and underbrush, and continues to sweeten up with time in the glass. (JD)  (10/2015)

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape