Inviting on the nose, with warm fig bread and hoisin sauce notes leading the way for lush cherry preserve, crushed plum and anise flavors. Silky and rounded on the finish, with a long, lingering black licorice note. Drink now through 2023.
92 points, Wine Spectator (Oct 2010)
Having a lot in common with the Cuvée Prestige, but a touch more round and open, the 2008 Roger Sabon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée displays loads of cherry like fruits, licorice, smoked leather, and wild herbs on the nose, medium body, and a round, soft profile that's firmed up on the finish by juicy acidity and balancing structure. This is ideal for drinking over the coming 8-10 years.
91 points, Jeb Dunnuck, The Rhone Report (Issue # 7 - Mar 2011)
A sleeper selection, the 2008 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reserve (70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Cinsault from 65+ year old vines) reveals a ruby/plum color as well as notes of roasted meat juices intermixed with black cherries, black currants, licorice and garrigue. Medium to full-bodied and atypically rich and powerful with an upfront precociousness, it is ideal for drinking over the next 7-8 years. Bravo!
89 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Oct 2010)
Vivid purple. Suave, mineral-driven, highly perfumed scents of cherry and raspberry, with an undercurrent of dried flowers. Spicy red and berry and cherry skin flavors stain the palate, with dusty tannins lending support and a firm edge. Nicely precise but could use more flesh.
88 points, Stephen Tanzer's Int'l Wine Cellar (Jan 2010)