The spectacular rise of winemaker, Isabel Ferrando is impressive given it's only taken her about 10 years to climb to the top of the ladder of producers in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, an appellation steeped in history with legendary estates that have existed for almost a century. It's even more astonishing that she has been able to achieve such meteoric success as a woman (no small feat in France) and as a relative outsider who only learned how to make wine during the late 1990s in Gigondas. Yet her passion for winemaking and her previous career as a banker allowed her in 2002 to purchase the 13.2 hectare Domaine Sait-Prefert, the venerable estate founded by Fernand Serre in 1930, which was one of the first to export wine to the United States from the southern Rhone Valley. She immediately started farming everything organically and transitioned to biodynamic farming with certification in 2013. Isabel expanded her holdings in 2004 and again in 2009, thus she bottles several different lieu-dit wines, all of which are routinely lauded by wine critics and enthusiasts alike.
This 2015 Reserve Auguste Favier is a blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault and 5% Mourvèdre, from the Serres lieu-dit. It was 100% whole-cluster fermented and aged for 18 months; the Grenache in cement and the Cinsault and Syrah in 600L used barrels.