2018 Roger Sabon CDP Cuvee Prestige

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Hints of violets and lavender appear alongside mixed berries on the nose of the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Prestige. While not overwhelmingly concentrated or dense, it's beautifully balanced, being medium to full-bodied on the palate, smooth and supple in feel and fresh on the cooling and silky finish, where it adds hints of mocha and darker fruit while retaining a sense of etherealness. It should drink well for a decade, perhaps a bit longer.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 96 RP
Reminding me of a street market in the South of France, the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Prestige sports a medium ruby/purple hue as well as a smorgasbord of Provençal goodness in its red and black fruits, Provençal herbs, garrigue, and new saddle leather-like aromas and flavors. Beautifully textured, medium to full-bodied, and flawlessly balanced, this is a smoking good 2018 I would be thrilled to have in the cellar. Drink bottles any time over the coming 10 to 12 years. The blend is 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and the rest a mix of permitted varieties, all from the Les Brusquières and Cabrières lieux-dits, brought up in 60% foudre, 30% in tronconique tanks, and the rest in demi-muids.

Jeb Dunnuck | 95 JD
Aromatically it's a compote of black cherries and blackberries, but the wine finishes dry and fairly tannic. It’s deep and concentrated rather than beautifully elegant, this has enough muscle and grunt to see it improve for a good few years. There’s a nice savoury herb line with bay and thyme with alcohol just a little warming on the finish, but nonetheless a delicious Châteauneuf. From vines grown on mixed soils, mostly galets roulés and sand, in the lieux-dits of Les Brusquières and Cabrières. Fermented half in stainless steel, half in concrete tanks, then aged in large barrels of different shapes and sizes. Drinking Window 2022 - 2030.

Decanter | 94 DEC
This is nicely packed, with cassis, raspberry reduction and melted red licorice notes all layered together, followed by mesquite and warm stone notes that bloom through the finish. Shows excellent range and character. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Counoise and Vaccarèse. Best from 2023 through 2036. 1,000 cases made, 168 cases imported.

Wine Spectator | 94 WS
Brilliant ruby. Black raspberry, cherry cola, floral and exotic spice scents show excellent clarity and pick up garrigue and licorice nuances with air. Juicy and expansive on the palate, offering intense red and dark berry preserve, fruitcake and candied violet flavors that deepen through the back half. Closes very long and gently tannic, leaving repeating spice and floral notes behind.

Vinous Media | 93 VM

Wine Details on 2018 Roger Sabon CDP Cuvee Prestige

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Producer Roger Sabon
Region Rhone: While the Northern Rhone produces only about 5% of all wine coming out of the Rhone Valley, the quality of these bottles is not to be underestimated. The terroir in this region is heavenly for growing Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne or Rousanne - the only permitted grapes in the AOC. Picture this - the Rhone flows through the valley like an azure thread piercing the landscape, a reflection of the dreamy skies hovering above the vineyards, ready to produce rainfall at a moment's notice. The rocky soil of the steep, almost surreal hillsides provides a bountiful feast for the grapevine roots. The flavors and texture of Northern Rhone wines tell you everything you need to know as soon as your lips touch the elixir, like a whisper in the vigorous valley winds

As per the Southern Rhone wine, it is like taking a plunge into a whirlpool of juicy flavor. Every sip explodes forward like a crashing tsunami, bathing your tastebuds in delicious aromas of prune, chocolate, grass, and black fruit. The wines are so compelling that it can be hard to drink them casually at a social event without getting lost in their intricate textures and emotional depths. Let's set sail together, and drink deep from these luxurious bottles with our friends and loved ones.
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Type of Wine Chateauneuf du Pape: You can expect Chateauneuf-du-Pape reds selection to wash over you with a combination of leather, game, tar, and delicious dried herbs, creating a spice mixture that commands respect from even the harshest non-believers. Chateauneuf-du-Pape whites are ever so refreshing and bold, frolicking in a field of floral notes and earthy minerals.
Varietal Proprietary Blend: There's a level of mystery and intrigue when it comes to drinking a wine for which you're not fully informed about, and if that sounds like a thrilling idea to you, then you're probably already interested in proprietary blends. While the concept doesn't have a legal definition, it is used to describe blends whose components aren't disclosed by the producer. In many cases, the wine tends to be a Bordeaux-inspired blend, but this isn't always the case.

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