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2016 Roger Sabon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Reserve

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April 28, 2024 - $58

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RATINGS

95The Wine Advocate

Full-bodied and velvety...showcases ripe dark plum and cola but also super ripe Grenache notes of apricot and delicate hints of garrigue, then it turns rich and chewy on the long finish.

95Wine Enthusiast

Musky notes of fur, earth and violet lend seductive perfume to ripe but pristine blackberry in this stately wine...finish lingers on hints of coffee grinds and violet candy.

95Jeb Dunnuck

...gives up a more dense, serious, backward style in its blackberry, melted licorice, roasted herb, and graphite aromas and flavors. With terrific minerality, full body, sweet tannin, and beautiful purity...

94Wine Spectator

Intense, with a core of dark plum, boysenberry and fig reduction flavors that are a bit brooding in feel, while licorice snap, roasted alder and tar notes hold sway for now. Shows a terrifically racy graphite and iron spine and a long, smoldering finish...

94Vinous / IWC

Highly expressive aromas of candied raspberry, boysenberry, licorice pastille and lavender pick up a smoky quality as the wine opens up. Juicy and energetic on the palate, offering concentrated red and blue fruit flavors complemented by an exotic vanilla flourish. Gains flesh on the clinging finish while maintaining energy; subtle tannins lend framework and grip.

16.5+ Jancis Robinson

Thick, syrupy style of black fruit, with finely ground tannin and a touch of roasted coffee bean on the finish. Substantial and concentrated.

PRODUCER

Roger Sabon

Domaine Roger Sabon’s history dates from the 16th century, when the Sabon family first owned vineyards in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, in France’s Rhone Valley. By the 18th century the Sabons were not only making wine but helping promote and improve all Rhone Valley wines by helping establish appellation standards. Today the 109-acre estate is run by Jean-Jacques, Denis and Gilbert Sabon, all descendants of the founder. Of the estate’s total acreage, 37 acres are in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. La Cuvee Prestige is the domain’s flagship wine, though it also makes a very limited production Le Secret des Sabon. Those wines are 60% – 80% Grenache from vines that are 80 to 100 years old. The estate also makes Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, as well as a Lirac and Cotes du Rhone, which are sourced from the domain’s vineyards in Roquemaure. Robert M. Parker Jr. calls Domain Roger Sabon a traditionalist producer that “has been making exceptionally high-quality wines for years…”

REGION

France, Rhône Valley, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the appellation, is a large area of nearly 8,000 vineyard acres centered around the picturesque town of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Located in southeastern France just north of the Avignon hills, the name of the appellation means “new castle of the pope” and it is a reference to the 14th century, when the Popes of Avignon built summer homes in the Southern Rhone Valley. Today the appellation is one of the most renowned in France and its terroir is known for layers of small pebbles, called “galets.” The stones in the soil are thought to help store heat and keep the soil warm, which helps ripen the grapes. The stones also help keep the soil from drying out in hot summer months. In 1923 Châteauneuf-du-Pape was a leader in establishing the idea that AOC wines in France should be made only with specified grapes, and the appellation allowed 13 grape varieties to be used. Since then the rules have been slightly modified to include several more allowable grapes. Red and white wines are produced, though in practice about 97% of all Châteauneuf –du-Papes are reds made with a blend of Grenache Noir, Cinsault, Counoise, Mourvedre, Muscardine, Syrah and Vaccarese. The red wines of this appellation are prized for being big, rich, spicy and full-bodied. White wines of the appellation are made with Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Roussanne, Picpoul and Picardin. Whites are floral, fruity and relatively full-bodied.