2017 Roger Sabon Cuvee Prestige (750ml)

Grenache from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France

B-21 Top Recommendation
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Readers of these pages as well as those who've followed my Rhone offers over the years are keenly aware of my unabashed affection for what I consider the most important wines of this appellation. "Important" – using my parameters – doesn't mean "most expensive," nor does it necessarily have to do with 100% new French oak barrels. In fact, when it comes to expressing the classic character of this zone – tell-tale Provençal spice, notes of garrigue, wind-swept terroir and buckets of blackberry fruit – "important" producers are rarely expensive and tend to avoid barriques. In this cellar there are no 300 bottle oak barrels. Chateauneuf du Pape from the spectacular 2017 vintage, an excellent Sabon.

96JD
94WA

Including more Syrah, the 2017 Châteauneuf Du Pape Prestige is 70% Grenache 20% Mourvèdre, and the rest Mourvèdre and other permitted varieties. While it’s brought up mostly in foudre, it has 10% in demi-muids and 30% in cuve tronconique. With thrilling purity of fruit, notes of black raspberries, blackberries, ground pepper, garrigue, and a distinct sense of minerality, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, ripe, sweet tannins, a beautifully opulent texture, and a great finish. It's another rock star of a 2017 from superstar winemaker Didier Negron.

96 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Aug 2019)

For some inexplicable reason, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Prestige failed to live up to my lofty expectations from last year. Perhaps it is just in a closed state after bottling? It's a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre and 5% other permitted varieties that seems more subdued than the Reserve, although it does have some of the same floral and black cherry notes. It's full-bodied, creamy and rich, with a long, velvety finish that carries hints of chocolate and licorice. Tasted twice (once blind), with consistent notes.

94+ points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Issue # 244 - Aug 2019)

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