Roger Sabon Chateauneuf du Pape Rhone Wine, Complete Guide

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Everything about Roger Sabon, Chateauneuf du Pape, Rhone wine producer profile with wine tasting notes, wine and food pairing tips, best vintages, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews and images. If you want to read about other important wineries and wine makers from the Rhone valley: Links to all Rhone Valley Wine Producer Profiles

Roger Sabon History, History, Overview

The Sabon family has a long history in Chateauneuf du Pape. In fact, they have been in the region even longer than Beaucastel has been around. That’s a long time. The Sabon family can trace their Southern Rhone Valley roots all the way back to 1540. That is nine years older than Beaucastel. The first vintage bottled by what know today as Roger Sabon was the 1921.

At the time, the domaine was managed by Seraphin Sabon. Sabon had three entrepreneurial sons; Joseph, who founded Clos du Mont Olivet, Noel, who started the Domaine Chante Cigale and Roger. Roger created the self-named property in 1952. Roger Sabon manages the estate with the help of his three sons, Jean-Jacques, Denis and Gilbert Sabon.

Keeping everything in the family, the vinification is handled by Didier Negron, the son-in- law of Jean Jacques Sabon. The vineyards of Roger Sabon are managed by Denis Sabon and his son Julien Sabon.

Roger Sabon Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking

Roger Sabon has 16 hectares under vine in Chateauneuf du Pape. 15 hectares are used to produce red wine and one hectare is devoted to the white wine grapes. Their best terroir is probably located on the rocky, sandy terroir found on the La Crau plateau. Their parcels are spread around the entire region.

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The best vintages of Roger Sabon are: 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2001, 2000, 1998 and 1990.

Roger Sabon is an outstanding producer who is making wines that while not inexpensive, offer quality and character for a fair price. Roger Sabon produces one white Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc and 4 red Chateauneuf du Pape wines.

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.

Roger Sabon Reserve is made from a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Cinsault. The vines used for this wine are that are at least 65 years old. Vinification takes place in cement tanks. The wine is then aged in foudres and old barrels for 12 to 16 months before bottling with with a production of 1,400 cases per year.

Roger Sabon Prestige, which is my pick for their best wine for the money comes from old vine Grenache that is almost 100 years old. With Grenache making up 70% of the blend, the wine also includes 15% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and other assorted grape varietals. The wine is aged in a combination of foudres, new and old barrels and demi muids. On average, the production is about 1,150 cases per vintage.

Roger Sabon Le Secret des Sabon is one of the stars of the appellation. The debut vintage was 1990, but that vintage might not have been available commercially. The first widely available vintage, if you can call a 100 case cuvee, widely available, was the 1998. Roger Sabon Le Secret des Sabon comes from old vine Grenache that dates back over 100 years! Old vine Grenache is the heart and soul of Le Secret de Sabon taking more than 90% of the blend. The remaining 10%, give or take, is made up of various grape varieties, which no one knows what they are exactly, hence the name, Le Secret. The yields for this wine can be as low as ten hectoliters per hectare! The wine is aged in one year old demi-muids for 12 months. This stunning, pure, plush, rich, sexy, deep, Chateauneuf du Pape wine is in high demand, due to its unique character, charm and style. But if you want to taste an amazing expression of Chateauneuf du Pape, Roger Sabon Le Secret des Sabon is worth seeking out. Today, the production has increased to a whopping 150 cases per vintage.

Roger Sabon Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Renaissance is made from 40% Roussanne, 20% Bourboulenc, 20% Clairette, 15% Grenache Blanc, 5% Picpoul and other assorted grape varieties. Aged in demi muids for 6-8 months, the production is close to 175 cases per year.

Serving and Decanting Roger Sabon with Wine, Food Pairing Tips

Roger Sabon is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be popped and poured, or decanted for an hour so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Roger Sabon is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, sausage and cassoulet. Roger Sabon is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms pasta, eggplant and tomatoes.

The white wine of Roger Sabon is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.

Roger Sabon also makes red and white wine from their 17 hectares of vines located in the Cotes du Rhone and Lirac appellations.

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Roger Sabon Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2014 Roger Sabon Le Secret des Sabon ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

    1. The floral notes really come out at the start, quickly followed by cherry liqueur and black pepper scents. Fresh, supple, medium bodied and silky, there is more than enough going here to make this a contender for the best wine of the vintage.

      94 points - Tasted
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  2. 2014 Roger Sabon Cuvée Prestige ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

    1. The opulent, sexy textures are a knock out. The fruit is fresh, sweet and pure with a finish that is truly generous, spicy and silky. This should be a pleasure to drink young and it can age a bit as well.

      92 points - Tasted
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  3. 2014 Roger Sabon Reserve ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

    1. Smoky, soft, silky, fresh, sweet, red fruits, elegant textures and a polished, kirsch, silky filled finish is already fun to taste is what you'll find here. Made from a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah, this is ready to go.

      91 points - Tasted
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  4. 2014 Roger Sabon Les Olivets ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

    1. Polished, soft, silky layers of bright, red fruits, spice and fresh herbs in a forward, medium bodied, light textured, easy to like and enjoy style. And it sells for a fair price too.

      88 points - Tasted
      1344 Views
  5. 2013 Roger Sabon Le Secret des Sabon ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

    1. One of the true stars of the vintage, which is not a secret due to their high quality wine making. The ripe kirsch notes really sing, leaving you with a lingering, silky red cherry finish.

      94 points - Tasted
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  6. 2013 Roger Sabon Cuvée Prestige ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

    1. This really offers a lot of bang for the buck. The garrigue and peppery, red fruits on the nose is enough to move you. But the soft, silky, ripe, fresh mouth feel is just as delicious. The wine was made from a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre.

      91 points - Tasted
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  7. 2013 Roger Sabon Les Olivets ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

    1. With a splash of fresh ripe, sweet, cherries and strawberry notes on the nose, this medium bodied charmer with its forward style and soft textures is already fun to taste.

      89 points - Tasted
      3161 Views
  8. 2012 Roger Sabon Le Secret des Sabon ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

    1. Deep in color, with an explosive nose of thyme, black raspberry, kirsch and herbs that are followed by a plush, supple textured, layer of sweet, fresh, black cherries, kirsch and a hint of jam.

      95 points - Tasted
      3274 Views
  9. 2011 Roger Sabon Le Secret des Sabon ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

    1. Medium bodied, forward, soft and approachable, the fresh, kirsch, thyme and garrigue character shines through in this difficult vintage.

      93 points - Tasted
      2076 Views
  10. 2010 Roger Sabon Le Secret des Sabon ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

    1. Stunning levels of depth, richness and concentration, yet nothing is over the top, hot or even close to too much. The lush, corpulent textures, silky tannins, and waves of fresh, sweet, ripe and very ripe berries leave a mouth filling impression. With time, this could hit triple digits!

      98 points - Tasted
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  11. 2010 Roger Sabon Cuvée Prestige ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

    1. Filled with ripe and close to over ripe, sweet, fresh, pure, black raspberries, jam, kirsch, pepper and garrigue notes, The wine is lush, full bodied and deep, leaving you with a long blast of fresh kirsch in the stylish finish.

      95 points - Tasted
      3407 Views
  12. 2009 Roger Sabon Le Secret des Sabon ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

    1. Full bodied, rich, ripe, sweet, fresh, dense and packed to the gills with lushly textured, sweet fruits, jam, spice and herbs, this perfectly blends opulence with freshness and complexity.

      96 points - Tasted
      2780 Views
    2. Lush, plush, stylish and packed with ripe black raspberries, kirsch, fennel, earth, pepper and garrigue, the wine is quite forward as it is already delicious to drink now.

      94 points - Tasted
      2566 Views
  13. 2007 Roger Sabon Le Secret des Sabon ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

    1. Such a beautiful sense of purity here in the fruit, it is impossible not to be drawn in to take another sniff and sip. Sweet, fresh, ripe and juicy, with loads of peppery fruit and silky, elegant, refined and polished textures that just do not want to quit. Still young, it is impossible not to see this is simply a stunning wine.

      98 points - Tasted
      2981 Views
    2. Packed and stacked with layer after layer of perfectly ripe, extremely ripe and over ripe, fresh, sweet, pure fruits. The wine is liqueur of Chateuaneuf du Pape. It feels great on your palate and it really lingers, leaving you remembering how great this was, and wanting another sniff, swirl and sip.

      99 points - Tasted
      4468 Views
    3. With some of the lowest yields in Chateauneuf du Pape (ranging from 8-12 hectoliters per hectare), this mostly Grenache based wine comes from vines averaging more than 100 years of age. That recipe produced a wine overflowing with kirsch, griotte, plum liqueur, pepper, spice, strawberry and black raspberry. Incredibly rich, silky and concentrated, this lush, opulent textured wine is almost off the charts. Very little is made and it’s expensive, but it’s one of the best examples of Chateauneuf du Pape at its best.

      98 points - Tasted
      4955 Views
  14. 2007 Roger Sabon Cuvée Prestige ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

    1. Produced from mostly old Grenache with some vines that are close to 100 years of age, the wine is packed with kirsch, black raspberry, earth, herb, jam and black pepper. Full bodied and loaded with sweet, ripe, juicy fruit, this delicious Chateauneuf du Pape can be enjoyed now, or over the next 15 years.

      93 points - Tasted
      3662 Views
  15. 2006 Roger Sabon Les Olivets ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

    1. Full mature, this ready to go, delicious wine serves up a blast of sweet, juicy, fresh, kirsch, garrigue and thyme, with soft textures and a fresh, open, cherry filled finish.

      90 points - Tasted
      1393 Views
  16. 2005 Roger Sabon Cuvée Prestige ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

    1. Spicy, with lots of fresh cracked pepper, kirsch and wild strawberry. Bright, fresh and concentrated, you can drink this today and over the next decade.

      91 points - Tasted
      2959 Views
  17. 2003 Roger Sabon Le Secret des Sabon ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

    1. This blasted from the glass with intense black cherry liqueur, pepper, jam and kirsch scents. This full bodied, mouth filling wine displays none of the over ripe qualities that many 03 Chateauneuf wines display. There is a purity of fruit and vitality that keeps it interesting. The wine ends with concentrated, ripe black raspberry and black cherry sensations.

      95 points - Tasted
      2100 Views
  18. 2001 Roger Sabon Le Secret des Sabon ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

    1. This wine has arrived at the corner of Off the hook and Off the charts! Stunning in every way, the wine starts off with a sweet, jammy, floral, earth, truffle, smoke and kirsch perfume. If that was all there was to it, I'd be happy. But the electricity really start up when the wine hits your palate with its opulent, sexy, sensuous textures and layers of perfectly ripe, fresh, sweet, spicy fruits. There is a real beauty in this wines sense of purity in the finish.

      99 points - Tasted
      2126 Views
    2. Holy Cow! I've died and gone to heaven. This wine floored me. It's so concentrated, you can eat it with a spoon, or drink it, depending on your needs for the day! The wine has incredible layers of concentration, but what makes this unique is that it's not heavy. It's just pure, hedonistic thrills. The wine paints your palate with flavor, wakes your soul and gets you going. The intensity of the perfectly ripe, fruit is to die for. The finish must last at least 60 seconds. If you're looking to know what great Chateauneuf du Pape is all about, this is your ticket.

      100 points - Tasted
      2627 Views
    3. This is simply best described as offering the essence of Grenache. There is a stunning purity if fruit that is seldom found in most wines. It's rich, fat, juicy, sensuous, intense and palate staining, yet balanced, long, complex and exciting. Sadly, there is so little made, production hovers at close to 100 cases, so unless you buy it early, prices quickly jump. But for those luck few that bought early, or of course for those with deep pockets, Chateauneuf du Pape does not get better than this!

      99 points - Tasted
      3088 Views
  19. 2001 Roger Sabon Cuvée Prestige ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

    1. 2001 Sabon Prestige is a winner. Pepper, jammy black cherry, kirsch and fresh herbs aromatics catch your attention. The full bodied, ripe, jammy black raspberry, spice, cherry and licorice flavors area treat. Fully mature, this is drinking at the perfect place. I wish I had more than one bottle remaining. 93 Pts

      93 points - Tasted
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  20. 2000 Roger Sabon Le Secret des Sabon ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

    1. Fully mature, with soft, silky, elegant textures, the wine is on the floral side of the style range. The fresh sweet, kirsch is equally powerful on the nose, and in the medium bodied, polished, spicy, fresh finish.

      95 points - Tasted
      1287 Views
  21. 2000 Roger Sabon Cuvée Prestige ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

    1. Candied red and black fruits with herbs, spices and pepper. Good weight on the palate. Silky layers of red and black fruit greet your taste sensations. Great acidic balance. Refreshing.

      90 points - Tasted
      2560 Views
  22. 1998 Roger Sabon Cuvée Prestige ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

    1. This is not showing as well as previous bottles. The wine is now dominated by red fruit and starting to fade. There was a touch of VA in the wine as well.

      87 points - Tasted
      2563 Views