Domaine Roger Sabon 'Les Olivets' 2013 Chateauneuf-du-Pape

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Serving as the model upon which the French Appellation Contrôlée system was based, Châteauneuf-du-Pape expresses its terroir like no other wine from the Rhone. As the Grenache grape thrives in this warm Mediterranean climate, the resulting wines are fragrant, lush, and full-bodied. Roger Sabon and his offspring have been producing wine here since 1952, and the 'Les Olivets' bottling utilizes the Domaine's 50-year-old vines planted to soils of red clay limestone and galets. This wine over-delivers on every level, and will enhance a hearty meal or your cellar!
90 Points - Vinous Media!
"Expressive aromas of fresh raspberry, cherry and smoky minerals slowly take on a peppery quality. Juicy and seamless in texture, offering gently sweet red fruit and floral pastille flavors given spine by tangy acidity."

Wine Ratings

90 - Vinous Media!
90 - Wine Spectator!


Unit Size750.00 ML
VarietalRed Blend
GrapeGrenache, Syrah, Cinsault
Alcohol Content14.50%

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Domaine Roger Sabon ‘Les Olivets’ Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2013
By Antonio Galloni’s Vinous Media
Domaine Roger Sabon 2013 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Olivets
Points: 90
Region: Châteauneuf du Pape, Rhône
Country: France 
Grape Variety: 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Cinsault
Drinking window: 2019 - 2025
Bright rudy-red. Expressive aromas of fresh raspberry, cherry and smoky minerals slowly take on a peppery quality. Juicy and seamless in texture, offering gently sweet red fruit and floral pastille flavors given spine by tangy acidity. Gentle tannins come up slowly and add shape to the finish, which leaves spicecake and cherry pit note behind. -Josh Raynolds. Tasting date: February 2016
By Wine Spectator
ROGER SABON & FILS Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Olivets 2013
Score: 90
Release Price: $50
Country: France
Region: Southern Rhône
Issue: Nov 15, 2015
A hint of leather peeks out from the core of steeped raspberry and blackberry fruit, while notes of lavender, black tea and warm cherry sauce fill in behind, with a long, polished, deftly toasted finish. Drink now through 2022. -JM
By Jancis Robinson
Roger Sabon, Les Olivets 2013 Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Producer: Roger Sabon
Vintage: 2013
Appellation: Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Region: Southern Rhône
Country: France
Score: 16/20
Colour: Red
When to Drink: 2018 - 2024
Published: 19 Nov 2014
Date Tasted: 29 Oct 2014
Reviewer: Jancis Robinson
Aged in oak foudres. Greyish crimson. Light nose and then sweet fruit. Light tannins and fairly racy. Almost more like a good Côtes du Rhône-Villages than a Châteauneuf?

By Domaine Roger Sabon
Cuvée Les Olivets Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2013
“It is always our goal to strive for perfection, to make the utmost out of what nature gives us. We also want to produce one wine annually that reflects the best attributes of its vintage.” -Didier Négron
Historical Notes
In the early 20th century, Séraphin Sabon married Marie Jausset, the daughter of Romain Jausset and Marie-Angélie Brunel, thus also taking over his wife’s family business, which had already been in existence since 1560. Gradually expanding the vineyards, he started bottling part of his wine right in the winery in 1921. They had three sons: Joseph, who later founded Clos du Mont Olivet, Noël, who founded the Domaine Chante Cigale, and Roger, who launched the Domaine Roger Sabon in 1952. It was taken over in 1976 by Roger’s sons Jean-Jacques, Denis, and Gilbert. Since 2001, Jean-Jacques’ stepson, the enologist Didier Négron, has been responsible for the winemaking at the Domaine Roger Sabon. He gathered experience beforehand at La Nerthe and La Gardine. Denise’s son Julien works in the vineyards together with his father. Julien’s daughter Delphine was commissioned to run the domaine’s commercial affairs.
Vineyard Notes
The Domaine Roger Sabon has 17 hectares of grapevines in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, which are scattered across 15 different plots. Green grapes are grown on one of them. Three parcels are situated on the pebbly La Crau plateau. Two others were planted with all of the varieties of grapes that are permitted, and the yield of these grapes flows mainly into the Cuvée Prestige. The Domaine produces four red wines and one white wine. The first Cuvée Réserve was made in 1981, followed by the first Cuvée Prestige in 1982. Jean-Jacques recalls, “When we got started, there was a volley of criticism on the part of any number of local vintners, as the production of such special cuvées wasn’t a part of local tradition yet. But as we all know, many other vintners started producing special cuvées shortly afterwards.” The grapes from the various plots are fermented separately according to the specific characteristics and ages of the vines. The majority of the grapes have been destemmed since 1996. Roger Sabon Olivets is produced from 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Cinsault. From 50 year old vines, the wine is aged in a combination of foudres and old barrels for 12 to 15 months. The production is 2,500 cases per year.
[Information provided by Olivier Nouet]
By Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2013 Domaine Roger Sabon Chateauneuf du Pape les Olivets
A Proprietary Blend Dry Red Table wine from France, Chateauneuf du Pape, Southern Rhone, Rhone, France
Review by Jeb Dunnuck #221 Oct 2015
Rating: 87
Drink: 2015-2020
The 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape les Olivets offers lots of earthy black cherry fruit and garrigue, as well as medium-bodied depth and richness on the palate. It’s a charming, easy drinking effort that will deliver plenty of pleasure over the coming 4-5 years. Domaine Roger Sabon, led by Diedier Negron, can seemingly do no wrong and continues to release some of the top wines in just about every vintage. They’ve excelled in both 2013 and 2014. Importer(s): Eric Solomon. European Cellars, 2129 E Seventh St., Charlotte, NC 28204, (704) 358-1565 ,