Roger Sabon 2012 Prestige Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre | Alc: 14% – Smooth and Supple
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
Sabon 2012 Prestige Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a blend of 70% old vine Grenache with 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre, the wine is medium to full-bodied, pure and lively, with clean, classical aromas and flavors, solid concentration and soft, fine tannins. This ’12 frames its red and blue fruit with spice, smoked meats, and exotic spices; intense and concentrated, this wine is pure pleasure. This is an exceptional wine that will age beautifully for another decade. Roger Sabon is a traditionalist and prefers to age its wines in small oak barrels for six months, following extended time in tank. Sabon places great on elegance rather than power, and although the younger wines seem to tell you otherwise, they grow and gain in depth and complexity.
“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 20% Syrah and 10% 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.” 94 Pts – The Wine Advocate
“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” 93 Pts – Wine Spectator
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