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Domaine Roger Sabon Le Secret des Sabon 1999 (Magnum 1.5L)  - First Bottle


95 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
Also drinking great, the 1999 Chateauneuf du Pape le Secret du Sabon has classic Southern Rhone flare in its licorice-laced kirsch, garrigue, saddle leather and dried herb-driven bouquet. Full-bodied, beautifully concentrated and layered, it has an elegant, seamless and pure character that makes it a joy to drink.
92+ Vinous -
Bright saturated ruby. Penetrating, liqueur-like aromas of cassis and violet. Extremely concentrated, oaky and powerful. Still rather tight wound but possesses superb texture and fruit. Firmly tannic finish shows terrific subtly persistence. An intriguing blend of the fresh fruit of the Cuvee Reservee and the liqueur-like sweetness of the Cuvee Prestige. A very promising 99'.

Technical Details

  • BlendRhone Blend
  • WinemakerDidier Nigron
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionRhone Valley
  • AppellationChateauneuf-du-Pape
  • Alcohol14.5%

Domaine Roger Sabon Le Secret des Sabon 1999 (Magnum 1.5L)

Rhone Blends  |  France
WA95, VN92+

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Decanter wrote a stunning 1999 Rhone Valley Vintage article, noting, "We are talking legendary quality here.’1999 is very, very beautiful, indeed exceptional." This magnum is singing on the main stage right now. Only 2 bottles left!

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.