2017 Roger Sabon Chateauneuf du Pape Le Secret des Sabon (PRE-ARRIVAL)$129.99
Available on pre-arrival
Wine Advocate (Joe Czerwinski) 98-100 points! "Nearly all Grenache—the grapes come from two old-vine parcels on sandier soils that have some other varieties mixed in—the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape le Secret de Sabon flirts with perfection. It's full-bodied and concentrated, yet it remains light on its feet, with ethereally silky tannins. Notes of rose petals and red cherries are crystalline in their purity and clarity, showing great intensity and length on the gently cocoa-tinged finish. This special wine should drink well for a couple of decades."
Jeb Dunnuck 94-96+ points! " Similar to the Prestige, the 2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Le Secret des Sabon offers terrific minerality as well as notes of black cherries, lavender, garrigue, ground pepper, and crushed rocks. Elegant, full-bodied, concentrated, and impeccably balanced, with fine tannin, it has a stacked mid-palate and a sensational finish.<!--more-->I continue to love the wines from Didier Negron at Roger Sabon, yet I always feel they’re underappreciated in the market. While they can certainly be big, rich wines (especially the Secret des Sabon), these are always classic, elegant wines that have beautiful Provençal charm. There are four Châteauneuf-du-Pape releases: the entry level Les Olivets (first made in 1955) from younger vines and completely destemmed; the Cuvée Reserve from a single vineyard and 70-80% Grenache, and the rest Syrah and Mourvèdre, aged in foudre and oak tanks; the Cuvée Prestige based on 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and the rest mostly Mourvèdre that’s aged in foudre, oak tanks, and demi-muids; and the smallest production cuvée (there’s normally just 100 cases produced), the Le Secret des Sabon based mostly on Grenache. The estate has made beautiful wines in both 2016 and 2017."