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2008 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Cuvée Prestige, Roger Sabon

Southern Rhône

$70.00 $56.00 per Bottle


2 Bottles




"Very stylish and perfumy, with sleek, fine-grained tannins carrying the crushed cherry, red licorice, bitter orange, clove and fruitcake favors through the nicely defined finish. There's also well-embedded acidity. Very fine-grained and Burgundian in style, making this deceptively long. Drink now through 2025. 730 cases made." Wine Spectator
(WS, 10/15/2010)

Rating: 93
Drink from: 2010-2025

"A real star, the 2008 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Prestige is another sleeper of the vintage. This powerful, rich blend of 60% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre and 15% Terret Noir, Cinsault, Counoise, Vaccarese and Muscardin from 90+ year old vines is one of the richest wines of the vintage. Medium to full-bodied with a dark plum/purple color, it offers up aromas of grilled steak, beef blood, black currants, sweet cherries, charcoal, herbs and smoke. Almost an anomaly in this Châteauneuf du Pape vintage, it should drink well for a decade. Bravo! Domaine Roger Sabon has long been a reference point for classic Châteauneuf du Pape, and they have added a slight twist to their traditionally made cuvées with the Secret des Sabon, made from an ancient field blend (although over 90% is clearly Grenache), and aged in small barrels and demi-muids. A little new oak is used with the Cuvée Prestige, but these are primarily classic, old style Châteauneuf du Papes. There are many members of the Sabon family in this appellation and all of them have the Midas touch when it comes to making wine. Established in 1921, this estate has over 42 acres scattered among 15 separate parcels in Châteauneuf du Pape. As I reported last year, their 2008s are among the strongest wines of the vintage. Jean-Jacques Sabon and his son-in-law, Didier Negron (the oenologist here since 2001), hit pay dirt in 2009, a vintage that is not far off the pace of their spectacular 2007s." Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #191
(WA, 10/01/2010)

Rating: 92
Drink from: 2010-2020

"Ruby-red. Flamboyant aromas of blackberry, cherry-cola and dark chocolate, enlivened by minerals. Sweet and smoky, with chewy texture and good depth to its dark berry, violet pastille and cola flavors. This boasts serious depth and power for the year and leaves notes of candied flowers and peppery spice behind." Josh Raynolds, Vinous.com
(AG, 03/01/2011)

Rating: 91

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