2011 Sabon Chateauneuf Du Pape Cuvee Olivets
black currant, blackberry, dust, leather, currant, blueberry, strawberry, vanilla and musk
vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco, dark fruit, red fruit, spice box, cedar, game, tar and dust
"Dark crimson. Heady nose. Very sweet. A bit thick and liqueurish. Then severe and dry. Hard work! Drink 2017 to 2022. (JR)" (12/12) 15 out of 20 points, Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages
"70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Cinsault from 50 year old vines. This wine has aromas and flavors of fruit and spices. It has a harmonious mouth with silky tannins. Serve it around 61 degree F. It is a versatile wine that pairs well with red or white meat." -Importer
"In the early 20th century, Seraphin Sabon married Marie Jausset, daughter of Romain and Marie-Angelie Brunel. Born in Serignan of Comtat, North of Orange in the Vaucluse, he took on and expanded his wife's family business - which dates back to 1560. Marie has three sons - one of which is Roger who founded the Domaine in 1952 in the Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellation. In 1973, Roger expanded the business for the first of several times, by investing with his sons, Jean-Jacques, Denis & Gilbert."
"Since 2001, vinification is in the care of Didier Negron, son-in-law of Jean Jacques Sabon. Denis and his son Julien take care of the fields. Delphine, daughter of Denis is often in the reception. The wines of the Domaine are the fruit of an intimate dialogue between the winemaker and each portion of the land. Didier and Jean-Jacques maintain the old traditions and alchemy of the wine cellar revealing the secrets and subtle potentialities of the vines. Their winemaking involves a century-old savoir faire that preserves and expresses the different aromatic nuances of each variety of grape." -Importer
This was also rated 87 points by the Wine Advocate and 85-87 by the International Wine Cellar.