One of the wines of the vintage in CDP, the Secret de Sabon, is already a legendary wine, and we have a few magnums that just arrived. Founded in 1952, Roger Sabon is one of the most prestigious domains in Chateauneuf du Pape, and even though his sons Denis, Gilbert, and son-in-law Didier are now running the Domaine, nothing has changed. They carry on the same Sabon Tradition, with Denis maintaining their vineyards, Gilbert handling the business side, and Didier as winemaker. The Sabon wines hold elegance in an area where wines can get heavy, and while these are big wines, there is a level of finesse that keeps them in check with a refinement that fans of cooler climate wines can appreciate. The domaine's specialty is Grenache, the main varietal that goes into the 'Secret de Sabon' sourced from vines over 100 years old. Most of the techniques used in making this wine are a family secret, hence the name, but whatever it may be, it is undoubtedly working. An outstanding bottle and very rare in this big format, we have a limited amount of the only magnums available in the USA.
Jeb Dunnuck 99 points! "On another level, the 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape Le Secret Des Sabon is stacked and packed and ranks with the top 2-3 wines in this great vintage. A huge nose of blackcurrants, melted licorice, graphite, garrigue and pepper gives way to an uber-full-bodied, concentrated, massively endowed wine that has an insane level of opulence and decadent, sweet tannins, and a huge finish. This is a tour de force in wine that readers need to taste to believe. Given its wealth of fruit and texture, it’s already approachable, yet a solid 4-5 years of bottle age are warranted, and it's going to keep for 25 years or more. Bravo! As always, this cuvée is a field blend that’s 95% Grenache, with the balance a mix of varieties, mostly from sandy soils, brought up in oak tronconique tanks. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to taste any 2018s from this estate but, unquestionably, their 2017s are some of the wines of the vintage. (Drink between 2023-2048)"