2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge Le Secret de Sabon, Domaine Roger Sabon (6 x Bottle)

France Rhone South Rhone

I tasted the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape le Secret de Sabon blind, alongside the other 2016s from this fine estate, and failed to discern a huge difference between it and the impressive Prestige or Reserve bottlings. I don't doubt that time will prove my rating to be conservative, hence the + sign. Winemaker Didier Négron retained some stems in this cuvée, and they show for the moment in its slightly herbal-minty notes, but they're balanced by ripe Grenache fruit that suggests apricot and plum. Lavender and thyme join in on the creamy, lush finish of this full-bodied but elegant offering.

£144.00 Bottle
£595.00 per case (6 x Bottle)

2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge Le Secret de Sabon, Domaine Roger Sabon (6 x Bottle)

I tasted the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape le Secret de Sabon blind, alongside the other 2016s from this fine estate, and failed to discern a huge difference between it and the impressive Prestige or Reserve bottlings. I don't doubt that time will prove my rating to be conservative, hence the + sign. Winemaker Didier Négron retained some stems in this cuvée, and they show for the moment in its slightly herbal-minty notes, but they're balanced by ripe Grenache fruit that suggests apricot and plum. Lavender and thyme join in on the creamy, lush finish of this full-bodied but elegant offering.

France Rhone South Rhone
Producer Domaine Roger Sabon
Sub-Region South Rhone
Region Rhone
Country France
Grape Variety Southern Rhone Blend
Vintage 2016
Colour Red
Style Full, Dry, Powerful

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Robert Parker Wine Advocate

I tasted the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape le Secret de Sabon blind, alongside the other 2016s from this fine estate, and failed to discern a huge difference between it and the impressive Prestige or Reserve bottlings. I don’t doubt that time will prove my rating to be conservative, hence the + sign. Winemaker Didier Négron retained some stems in this cuvée, and they show for the moment in its slightly herbal-minty notes, but they’re balanced by ripe Grenache fruit that suggests apricot and plum. Lavender and thyme join in on the creamy, lush finish of this full-bodied but elegant offering.

96+ Points / Drinking 2020 - 2035

By Joe Czerwinski / August 2018