Rhône 2010 Berrys' Best Buys - Star Performers in Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Roger Sabon always produces Châteauneuf-du-Pape on the more elegant side and in 2010 he has combined this elegance with verve, vibrancy and focus. Beneath this is a depth and complexity of fruit which combines beautifully to produce a true vin de garde.
(Gary Owen, BBR Fine Wine)
With very old vines in the heart of Le Crau, Cabrieres and Courthezon, the Sabons are in prime position to produce excellent Châteuneuf-du-Pape and in 2010 have produced a brilliant Cuvée Prestige that is a true reflection of terroir. The 2010 blend is similar to 2009 with 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and the remainders Mourvedre, Counoise and Cinsault. The wine is aged in a combination of foudres, barrels and demi-muids. Nearly opaque in the glass, the wine displays beautiful richness, incredible depth of dark fruit and a touch of Asian spice balanced with sufficient freshness to give an elegant lift. Very fine tannins produce a structure that will reward patient cellaring for at least 5 years, but even better over the next 10-15 years.
(Sara Guiducci, BBR Fine Wine)
An embarrassment of cépages here; cast in order of appearance is Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Counoise and Vaccarese. Aged in a combination of new and older foudre, this is a dense and exceptionally powerful wine, with something of 2005 in its tannic structure, but a fruit profile which is more closely reminiscent of 2007. Blackberry confit, bacon rind and forest floor...it sounds like an odd combination, but it certainly works!
(Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer, February 2012)
Didier Negron is the son-in-law of Jean-Jacques Sabon, who tragically died at the end of 2011 after a long illness. Didier is now the chief winemaker at this increasingly impressive property.. He certainly talks the talk, fluently in English as we found out latterly, but to no great surprise, given his ability elsewhere. Owning 15 parcels across 17 hectares over the appellation, Domaine Sabon produce four cuvées of red, the most famous of which is seen as one of the very best wines in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The secret is out!Domaine Roger Sabon