Saint Préfert/Isabel Ferrando

Domaine Saint Préfert / Isabel Ferrando
  • "Domaine St.-Préfert and Domaine Ferrando, the joint domaines owned by Isabel Ferrando, have become reference points for red and white Châteauneuf-du-Pape since they were founded.... " -James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, July 2014

"Under the guidance of Isabel Ferrando, who burst onto the scene in 2003,  Domaine Saint Préfert has leapt into the handful of top estates in Châteauneuf du Pape.  While the style has shifted slightly since 2009- when she started including more stems and I think pulling back a touch on ripeness- her wines still have sensational levels of fruit, beautiful purity and overflowing Provençal charm."      -Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate, October 2015

Isabel Ferrando’s reputation for outstanding wines has grown every vintage since her first release in 2003.  She purchased Domaine Saint-Préfert from the Serre family, who was one of the first to estate-bottle in the appellation in the 1930’s; at that point, the domaine was 13.2 hectares, all in the Les Serres lieux-dit, south of the village of Châteauneuf.  In 2004, she purchased more land and started making the 100% Grenache cuvée Colombis, primarily from the lieux-dit of Colombis, with sandy soil; she bottles this wine as Domaine Isabel Ferrando.


Ferrando has always farmed organically. She has very old vines in her holdings: the Grenache vines average more than 70 years old, and she still has some of the original Mourvèdre that was planted in the 1920’s. Throughout each parcel, all thirteen varieties are co-planted, something that Henri Bonneau told her is, “the beginning of the complexity [of her wines.]”  


There is not a secret formula here to making great wines. Ferrando has a young team and she is open to new ideas; she relies on tradition without being trapped by it.  Starting in the 2009 vintage, Isabel started working with whole-cluster fermentations (without added yeasts,) finding that it increased freshness in the wines and lowered alcohol, giving the wines vibrance.  Aging happens in a mix of concrete and 600L used barrels for up to 18 months.  We are truly excited to be working with Ferrando.

Image PRODUCT Description Country / Region Region Materials

DB7362-16
Organic
Châteauneuf-du-Pape “Colombis”
2016
Grenache
SOLD OUT. 100% Grenache from three parcels: Colombis with a sandy soil, les Roues with a predominately clay soil, and le Cristia... Read More
France Rhône

DB7354-16
Organic
Châteauneuf-du-Pape
2016
Grenache
SOLD OUT. From the youngest vines (30 years and younger) in the Serres lieux-dit, 85% Grenache, 5% Cinsault, 5% Syrah, 5... Read More
France Rhône

DB7356-15
Organic
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve Auguste Favier
2015
Grenache
65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault and 5% Mourvèdre, from the Serres lieu-dit. 100% whole-cluster fermentation. Aged 18 months; the... Read More
France Rhône

DB7359-16
Organic
Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Charles Giraud"
2016
Grenache
Also available in 1/3L! The tête de cuvée of the domaine, made from the oldest vines in two parcels, les Serres and le... Read More
France Rhône

DB7362-15
Organic
Châteauneuf-du-Pape “Colombis”
2015
Grenache
SOLD OUT. 100% Grenache from three parcels: Colombis with a sandy soil, les Roues with a predominately clay soil, and le Cristia... Read More
France Rhône

DB7365-NV
Organic
Vieux Marc de Saint Préfert 10 ans
NV
VERY LIMITED! Grenache, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, and Syrah, distilled in a traditional alembic still. Aged 10 years in 400L oak... Read More France Rhône

DB7353-15
Organic
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Cuvée Spéciale Vieilles Clairettes
2015
Clairette
Isabel only bottles this cuvée in magnum. 100% Clairette Rose from 80-100 year-old vines in the Serres lieu-dit. Very low... Read More
France Rhône

DB7354-15
Organic
Châteauneuf-du-Pape
2015
Grenache
SOLD OUT. From the youngest vines (30 years and younger) in the Serres lieux-dit, 85% Grenache, 5% Cinsault, 5% Syrah, 5... Read More
France Rhône

DB7351-16
Organic
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc
2016
Clairette
80% Clairette, 20% Roussanne from the Serres lieu-dit. Aged for 6 months in oak, 1/3 of which is new. 
France Rhône

DB7350-16
Organic
Côtes-du-Rhône "Clos Beatus Ille"
2016
Grenache
85% Grenache and 15% Cinsault from La Lionne, in the Sorgues district. 100% destemmed. Fermented and aged in cement tanks.  
France Rhône

DB7359-14
Organic
Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Charles Giraud"
2014
Grenache
Also available in 6/1.5L! The tête de cuvée of the domaine, made from the oldest vines in two parcels, les Serres and le... Read More
France Rhône

DB7356-16
Organic
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve Auguste Favier
2016
Grenache
65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault and 5% Mourvèdre, from the Serres lieu-dit. 100% whole-cluster fermentation. Aged 18 months; the... Read More
France Rhône

DB7351-17
Organic
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc
2017
Clairette
80% Clairette, 20% Roussanne from the Serres lieu-dit. Aged for 6 months in oak, 1/3 of which is new.   
France Rhône