2017 Roger Sabon "Réserve" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1442519 95 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape Réserve is largely in the same ballpark and has terrific notes of blackberries, smoked earth, garrigue, and pepper. It’s based on 80% Grenache and 10% Syrah and Mourvèdre brought up in foudre and cuve tronconique tanks. More concentrated as well as focused, it's medium to full-bodied, has brilliant concentration, ripe, present tannins, and a great finish. It's another awesome wine from this estate.  (8/2019)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Inky in hue but resoundingly floral and packed with red berries and black cherries, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve is full-bodied and rich, yet it never seems heavy or overdone, with silky tannins and refreshing savory hints of herb, Asian spices and cracked pepper on the lengthy finish. It's probably the best value among the various cuvées this year. (JC)  (8/2019)

94 points Decanter

 There's a little more Grenache in the blend compared to Sabon's Prestige, grown in La Crau and La Grenade, all destemmed, and fermented in half concrete, half tronconic vat. It's then aged in foudre and tronconic vat. The resulting wine is reminiscent of sun-warmed plums and berry fruits in coulis, with a touch of star anise. It's full-bodied and generous, with ripe fruits, good acidity and muscular tannins. The quality fruit and long finish demonstrate the skilled, non-intrusive winemaking here. Should be good value. (MW)  (10/2018)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Solidly built, with a dark and winey core of black currant, fig and blackberry paste flavors, laced liberally with bay leaf, tar and black tea accents. Offers a smoldering feel on the finish as the fruit drips over a cast iron note. (JM)  (7/2019)

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Rhone Blends



- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
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Chateauneuf du Pape

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5