2001 Roger Sabon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Le Secret des Sabon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rhône France Wine Tasting Note


2001 Roger Sabon Le Secret des Sabon  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 99

It is hard to say which I found more compelling, the haunting dried flower, spice box, pepper, and kirsch aromatics, the stunning purity of the fruit, or the elegant, seamless, kirsch, cherry, and peppery strawberry notes in the long, drawn-out, elegant, refined, silky finish. At the end of the day, it does not matter. This is what great wine is all about. This is one of those close to impossible wines to find, that is worth the effort to seek out. 99 Points

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Outrageously good from the get go. The nose grabs you with its concoction of herbs, spice, licorice, earth, kirsch and pepper. Full, rich, deep, lush and suave the wine simultaneously coats your palate, yet retains its elegance. The seamless finish really lingers here. Splash decanted, this is a rockstar wine drinking at its peak. 99 Points

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A hedonistic thrill ride indeed. The sweet, plum and kirsch liqueur essence just keeps on giving. The wine is powerful, richly textured, balanced and complex. This is about as good as Chateauneuf du Pape gets. 99 Points

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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

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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

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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

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When to Drink Roger Sabon, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Roger Sabon can be enjoyed on the young side if decanted for about 1 - 2 hours. 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 usually better with 3-6 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. In the best vintages the wine should be consumed within 5-20 years after the vintage.

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.

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, grilled meats, barbecue and cassoulet. Roger Sabon is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, cheese, 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.