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2003 Domaine de Saint Préfert "Reserve Auguste Favier" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1015387 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve Auguste Favier is medium to full-bodied, elegant and silky on the palate and gives up classic red and black berry fruit, white pepper, smoked garrigue and sandalwood-styled aromas and flavors. It’s drinking at point, but will continue to shine for another couple years and evolve gracefully after that. (JD)  (8/2104)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Perfumy style, with elegant red and black cherry, raspberry and spice flavors shaded by mineral, floral and toast hints. Long, supple finish is atypical for '03. Still, don't be fooled—there's stuffing here for cellaring too. (JM)  (9/2005)

Jancis Robinson

 A very interesting brand new domaine which was taken over by Isabel Ferrando, a wine fanatic who had previously been a banker but who managed to do a deal with the previous owner only in 2002, year of the terrible rains. Her training was at Raspail in Gigondas and she has clearly learnt well. This blend of Grenache with old Cinsault, Syrah and Mourvèdre is extremely charming (and had been bottled less than a week before I tasted it). Deep crimson, rich, briary nose – oozes character. Smooth, flattering palate entry and then very well handled tannins. Fresh and lively – perhaps thanks to that Cinsault. Lots of personality and you certainly could argue this is a feminine style of Châteauneuf. 17.5/20 points (JR)  (3/2005)

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Rhone Blends



- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- 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.
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Chateauneuf du Pape