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Expert Picks: Roger Sabon and…Roger Sabon!

Posted on | February 17, 2015 | Written by Crystal Edgar | No Comments

Crystal 2014During colder months, I reach for hearty reds—wines with substance and soul. One region of the cellar that I often visit during the winter is the Rhône Valley. I love the rich, savory characteristics that great Rhône wines display and paired appropriately they are absolute showstoppers at the dinner table. I enjoy the wines from Beaucastel, Guigal, Giraud, Vieux Telegraphe, Pégau and so many others, but today I want to highlight the beautiful, “secret” stylings of Roger Sabon.

The Sabon family has a very long history in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In fact, they trace their Châteauneuf-du-Pape roots back to 1540, just nine years older than Château Beaucastel. Roger Sabon is a traditionalist estate and prefers to age its wines in small oak barrels for six months, following extended time in tank. Sabon places great on elegance rather than power, and although the younger wines seem to tell you otherwise, they grow and gain in depth and complexity. These are certainly some of the finest Châteauneuf du Pape wines produced today. Aside from the fact that Sabon is one of the region’s leading producers, 2012 was a great vintage for the wines! Winemaker Didier Negron places 2012 between 2010 and 2011 stylistically, praising its structure and finesse.

Roger Sabon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Prestige 2012 $69.99

A blend of 70% old vine Grenache with 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre, the wine is medium to full-bodied, pure and lively, with clean, classical aromas and flavors, solid concentration and soft fine tannins. This is an exceptional wine that will age beautifully for another decade.

Roger Sabon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Le Secret des Sabons 2012 $225

The top wine of the estate, the tiny production 2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Le Secret des Sabon is predominantly composed of old vine Grenache. Gorgeous all around, with a sexy, voluptuous profile, this full-bodied, rich and brilliantly textured wine can age gracefully in the cellar for a few decades.

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