94 Pt Domaine Roger Sabon Cuvee Prestige 2012 Chateauneuf-du-Pape

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The Sabons and their entwined vines of Rhône relations are nearly as ancient as they come in the region. Accordingly, their Châteauneuf-du-Pape bears the provenance of centuries, with an undeniable complexity of character that old vines and old families bring to a wine. The Prestige bottling is at the top of their line and is packed with ripe fruit, Provençal herbs, seasoned leather, and aromatic flowers. Ripe tannins are making today's drinking experience amazing, but there are more years of delicious flavors to be expressed.
 
94 Points - Wine Advocate!
"...offers classic black raspberry, cassis, licorice and smoked-meat-like aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, concentrated and with a stacked mid-palate and sweet tannin, it builds on the palate and will have 15+ years of overall longevity."

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94 - Wine Advocate!
93 - Wine Spectator!
91 - Vinous Media!

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Unit Size750.00 ML
VarietalRed Blend
Vintage2012
GrapeGrenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Other Varieties
CountryFrance
RegionRhône
Alcohol Content15.00%

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Domaine Roger Sabon Cuvée Prestige Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2012
 
 
By Robert Parker’s Wine Adovocate
2012 Domaine Roger Sabon Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Prestige
A Proprietary Blend Dry Red Table wine from France, Chateauneuf du Pape, Southern Rhone, Rhone, France
Review by Jeb Dunnuck
eRobertParker.com # 215 (Oct 2014)
Rating: 94
Drink 2014 - 2029
Another step up in quality (but not by much, and it’s a step up in price as well), the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvee Prestige is one of the top efforts in this outstanding vintage. Mostly Grenache, with Syrah and Mourvedre and other permitted varieties, it offers classic black raspberry, cassis, licorice and smoked-meat-like aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, concentrated and with a stacked mid-palate and sweet tannin, it builds on the palate and will have 15+ years of overall longevity. All of these 2013s and 2012s from the team at Roger Sabon are up near the crème de la crème of the vintage. Importer(s): Eric Solomon. European Cellars, 2129 E Seventh St., Charlotte, NC 28204, (704) 358-1565 , www.europeancellars.com
 
By Wine Spectator
ROGER SABON & FILS Châteauneuf-du-Pape Prestige 2012
Score: 93
Release Price: $79
Country: France
Region: Southern Rhône
Issue: Oct 15, 2014
Muscular grip holds the edges, while the core of plum, black currant and steeped blackberry fruit waits in reserve, with black tea, pastis and licorice root notes on the finish. Shows solid range and depth. Best from 2015 through 2023. 196 cases imported. -JM
 
By Antonio Galloni’s Vinous Media
Domaine Roger Sabon 2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Prestige
Points: 91
Region: Châteauneuf Du Pape, Rhône
Red wine from France
Drinking Window: 2017 - 2023 
Grape/Blend: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, other authorized varieties
Release Price: $79.00 
Inky ruby. Deeply pitched black and blue fruit aromas display very good clarity, picking up notes of star anise and smoky minerals with air. Supple and creamy on the palate, with intense blueberry and floral pastille flavors given lift by juicy acidity. Clings with strong tenacity on the smoothly tannic finish. Josh Raynolds. Tasting date: February 2015
 
By Jancis Robinson
Roger Sabon, Prestige 2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Producer: Roger Sabon
Vintage: 2012
Appellation: Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Region: Southern Rhône
Country: France
Score: 16.5/20
Colour: Red
Alcohol: 15.00%
When to Drink: 2020 - 2030
Published: 31 Dec 2013
Date Tasted: 19 Nov 2013
Reviewer: Jancis Robinson
Galets roulés, sand. RS 1.9 g/l. 18 months in 70% foudres, 30% barriques. Dark crimson. Tight and tense. Very drying finish. Needs a bit more air. For the moment it is theoretical! 
 
 
By Domaine Roger Sabon
Cuvée Prestige Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2012
 
“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. 
 
Winemaker Notes
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. The Cuvée Prestige is made up of 60% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, and 15% of other varieties of grapes. 60 - 70% age for 12 to 18 months in foudres, and the rest in barrels or demi-muids. The wine remains on the grape skin cap for 15 -30 days, and then ages for 12 to 16 months in foudres and mainly new barrels.
[Information provided by Olivier Nouet]
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