domaine saint prefert, chateauneuf-du-pape, collection charles giraud 2017
JEB DUNNUCK
100
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
97

2017 domaine saint prefert, chateauneuf-du-pape, collection charles giraud

Why We're Buying

Domaine Saint Préfert Châteauneuf-du-Pape Collection Charles Giraud marks the pinnacle of Rhône wine. It's a flawless combination of grenache, mourvèdre, and syrah that unfurls sweet tannins, lush energy, and tobacco notes on the palate. This Rhône red blend can age for at least two decades, with wine critic Jeb Dunnuck calling it "a perfect wine that's up with the top handful of wines in this incredible vintage."

Critics Scores

JEB DUNNUCK
100

Jeb Dunnuck

Even better (as well as a perfect wine), the 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape Collection Charles Giraud checks in as a nominal blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvèdre that was brought up in demi-muids. It reveals a deep purple color as well as heavenly notes of blackberry and currant fruits intermixed with loads of cured meats, spice box, Asian spices, and a distinct loamy soil and minerality. Always more structured and powerful than the Reserve Auguste Favier release (no doubt due to the Mourvèdre component), it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, building yet polished tannins, flawless balance, and a great, great finish. Pure perfection in a glass, it’s as good as wine gets. Give bottles 2-4 years and enjoy over the following two decades. Hats off to winemaker Isabelle Ferrando for yet another thrilling wine!

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
97

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Full-bodied, richly concentrated and velvety-textured, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Collection Charles Giraud is one of the top wines of the vintage. A blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvèdre, it offers up seductive notes of dried spices and cola, plus plenty of plummy fruit. It's lush and long on the finish, folding in hints of clove, allspice and star anise. Nearly approachable now, it should cellar well through 2035.

WINE SPECTATOR
97

Wine Spectator

Packed with dark plum, blackberry and boysenberry compote flavors and backed by lively bramble, anise and fruitcake notes, this cruises through the grippy, tar-edged finish. Shows lots of stuffing, so cellar for maximum effect. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. Best from 2023 through 2038.