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Domaine Roger Sabon Le Secret des Sabon 1998  - First Bottle


100 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
Shockingly good, the 1998 Chateauneuf du Pape le Secret du Sabon tastes like a hypothetical blend of the 2007 and the 2001. Powerful, massive, concentrated and beautifully ripe, it offers notions of kirsch, currants, peppered meats, Asian spice and licorice in its seamless, yet voluptuous and hedonistic personality. It's a crazy good bottle of wine that could be considered over-the-top by some, but who cares when it's this good? If I had bottles, I'd line them up for drinking as you don't want to miss this beauty while it's drinking at point.

Technical Details

  • BlendRhone Blend
  • WinemakerDidier Nigron
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionRhone Valley
  • AppellationChateauneuf-du-Pape
  • Alcohol15%

Domaine Roger Sabon Le Secret des Sabon 1998

Rhone Blends  |  France

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We hit the gold mine with this one! Parker noted, "If I had bottles, I'd line them up for drinking as you don't want to miss this beauty while it's drinking at point." We can attest, that drinking point is now!

About the Producer

Domaine Roger Sabon was founded in 1952 and is currently run by Roger's sons Denis and Gilbert. A third son, Jean-Jacques is deceased but his son-in-law Didier Negron is the current winemaker. Denis and his son Julien oversee the farming while Gilbert and his niece, Delphine run the office. It is quite a family affair! The size of the domaine has grown slowly over the years with 18 hectares in Chateauneuf du Pape, 8 hectares in Lirac, and 8 hectares in Cotes-du-Rhone. Since 2001 Didier Negron has made the wines at Domaine Roger Sabon, but recently he's begun to move away from demi-muids and barriques in favor of aging his family's wines in concrete and large French oak foudres. While the terroir of Roger Sabon, with its high concentration of sand and limestone, has always been inclined to a more ethereal and delicate style of Chateauneuf, Didier's changes in the cellar have amplified these qualities? the wines have never been more engaging and lovely. While Grenache is the mainstay at the Domaine, they also grow Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Terret Noire, Counoise, Muscardin, Roussanne, Clairette, Bourboulenc, and Grenache Blanc. They own some fairly old Syrah, about 60 years old, located on limestone soils which is an important component in the Prestige bottling. Their oldest vines, topping 100 years old, are located in two plots near Courthezon, and are the source for the Secret des Sabon.