2015 Roger Sabon Chateauneuf Du Pape Les Olivets RougeBlend from France
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"The Sabon family is an ancient and well-regarded name in Châteauneuf-du-Pape ﬁrst mentioned in documents dating to 1540. Perhaps not as venerable as the Ameniers, but still em...
- 90-92 Jeb Dunnuck - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 92 Wine Spectator
90-92 Jeb Dunnuck - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The entry level 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Les Olivets comes from the young vines of the estate. Made from 80% Grenache and 10% each of Syrah and Cinsault, aged in foudre, concrete tanks and tronconique tanks, its deep ruby/purple color is followed by a medium to full-bodied, textured red that has lots of red black fruits, roasted garrigue and hints of meatiness, sweet tannin and outstanding length. This is a great vintage for this cuvée that should drink well through 2025."
92 Wine Spectator
"Pretty, with silky plum, cassis and raspberry fruit flavors lined with a light anise thread. Twinges of incense and iron show through the refined and perfumed finish. Drink now through 2030. 392 cases imported."
"The Sabon family is an ancient and well-regarded name in Châteauneuf-du-Pape ﬁrst mentioned in documents dating to 1540. Perhaps not as venerable as the Ameniers, but still eminently respectable. A more recent patriarch of the family, Seraphin Sabon ﬁrst bottled wine in the appellation under the family’s name in 1921. He also fathered three enterprising sons, all of whom established their own domaines: Joseph Sabon at Clos du Mont Olivet, Noel Sabon at Chante Cigale and Roger Sabon.
Domaine Roger Sabon was founded in 1952 and is currently run by Roger’s sons Denis and Gilbert. A third son, Jean-Jacques is deceased but his son-in-law Didier Negron is the current winemaker. Denis and his son Julien oversee the farming while Gilbert and his niece, Delphine run the oﬃce. It is quite the family aﬀair!
The size of the domaine has grown slowly over the years with 18 hectares in Chateauneuf du Pape, 8 hectares in Lirac and 8 hectares in Côtes-du-Rhône. Most of their holdings in Châteauneuf-du-Pape are located in the northeastern part of the appellation, where the soils are sandier with a high concentration of limestone, as well as a few parcels in Le Crau famous for its red clay and deep layer of galets.
Since 2001 Didier Negron has made the wines here but recently he’s begun to move away from demi-muids and barriques in favor of concrete and foudres. While the terroir of Roger Sabon, with its high concentration of sand and limestone, has always been inclined to a more ethereal and delicate style of Châteauneuf, Didier’s changes in the cellar have ampliﬁ ed these qualities – the wines have never been more engaging and lovely." - Importer
|Sub-Region||Chateauneuf du Pape|
90-92 - Jeb Dunnuck - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
92 - Wine Spectator
|Varietal(s)||Grenache / Garnacha, Syrah / Shiraz, Cinsault|
|Taste||black currant, blackberry, dust, leather, currant, blueberry, strawberry, vanilla and musk|
|Nose||vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco, dark fruit, red fruit, spice box, cedar, game, tar and dust|