Roger Sabon Cuvee Reservee is mainly Grenache with Syrah and Mourvèdre. Aged in 40 hl and large format oak for 18 months they want to build weight texture and layers of flavour without adding too much oak influence. Red and dark fruits, spices, very earthy, nice lift and plenty of charm. There is a lot to love about this wine, but it is built to age. I’d leave until at least 2022. The humble minute steak works well with this complex and engaging wine.
Roger Sabon Cuvee Reservee Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016 Notes
“The same blend as the Les Olivets (80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, and 10% Mourvèdre), the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve is similarly inky ruby/purple-colored and gives up a more dense, serious, backward style in its blackberry, melted licorice, roasted herb, and graphite aromas and flavors. With terrific minerality, full body, sweet tannin, and beautiful purity, it’s a seriously good 2016 that’s going to benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and drink nicely for 10-15” Score: 95 Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate, August 2018
Roger Sabon is an excellent producer of Châteauneuf du Pape. The Roger Sabon Cuvee system is based on vine age. Therefore the expression of fruit and terroir are the focus with oak used judiciously. Sabon makes velvety wines with great concentration, flesh and finesse utilising large, old oak casks for elevage. Absolutely delicious wines right through the range. This is one of my favourite producers in the whole wine world.
The house of the New Pope. Where Grenache transcends its tendency towards mediocrity and becomes a noble variety. The reds can be a blend of up to 15 varieties with the main three being Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre. Some estates use all 15, some use as little as one. With a range of terroirs and blending options it is hard to pin down CNDP to one style, so find a producer you like and find out their conspirators. The ability to age here is the same as great Burgundy or Bordeaux. The whites can be as outstanding as the reds but definitely on the expensive side.
Spain’s gift to the world. We know it as Grenache and I think everyone has a soft spot for it in some way. Almost too exuberant in expressing its sweet red fruits and high alcohol, it often needs a little bit of other wines to add moderation, structure and depth. Much like Abbott and Costello. Despite this, the wines of Priorat, Chateauneuf du Pape, Rioja and Aussie GSMs have an amazing ability to age for the long-term.
Also known as Mourvedre in France and Mataro in the new world. It is known for making a muscular, tannic, meaty, savoury wine. It is often the backbone of a blend but in places like Alicante, Jumilla and Yecla it is the major if not only variety in the red wine. Aging can vary depending on winemaker influence.
A bit of a chameleon, Shiraz can change how it looks depending on the terroir and/or winemaker influence. The Syrah-based wines of Northern Rhone are dry and austere while the Shiraz of Barossa is rich and fleshy. A variety that lends itself to long aging but can be drunk at any time of its evolution.