Domaine St Prefert, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhone (Vaucluse), 2009 (white)
A blend of 85% clairettes rose and blanche, with 15% roussane. South facing slopes south of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The label tasting note mentions honey and acacia flowers. Natural cork closure, 13.5% abv. Delilah Fine Foods, Nottingham, just about £30.
This wine is difficult to source, I understand, and over budget, I know; but interesting to try as a one-off specimen.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – pale intensity lemon-gold, showing distinct tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with aromas of grapefruit, honey, melon, white peach, with a hint of liquorice.
Palate – a dry wine, medium acidity, no tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, with medium (+) intensity flavours of ripe grapefruit, dessert apple, a hint of honey, then pineapple, honeysuckle and apricot, with a long length and clean finish.
Quality – a very good wine, complex and concentrated; a balanced wine, with alcohol matching acidity and the intensity of the flavour profile, and a long clean finish.