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Roger Sabon, Le Sabounet Rouge NV


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    Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Counoise

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    Didier Negron

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This is great entry-level Rhone but with outstanding pedigree. An incredibly fresh bouquet with aromas of strawberry, raspberry and a hint of spice. It is both elegant and fresh on the palate with great balance of fruit and lush ripe tannins.

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The wine is matured in traditional tanks for about 8 days. There is daily temperature checking and remontage (wine is drained out of the bottom of its tank pumped up to the top and sprayed over the skins).

The Sabon family is an ancient and well-regarded name in Chateauneuf-du-Pape first mentioned in documents dating to 1540. Perhaps not as venerable as the Ameniers of Domaine de Marcoux and Domaine Giraud, but still eminently respectable. A more recent patriarch of the family, Seraphin Sabon first bottled wine in the appellation under the family's name in 1921. He also fathered three very enterprising sons, all of whom established their own domaines: Joseph Sabon at Clos du Mont Olivet, Noel Sabon at Chante Cigale and Roger Sabon. The Sabons are like the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young of the village. 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 the 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. Most of their holdings in Chateauneuf-du-Pape are located in the northeastern part of the appellation, where the soils are sandier with a high concentration of limestone. They also own a few parcels in Le Crau famous for its red clay under a deep layer of galets deposited from the alps eons ago. These two soil types combine to make wines that are equally rich and nuanced. 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 favour 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, Vaccarese 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. While details are sketchy and the Sabons are shy about divulging any information about this cuvee, it is safe to assume that these vines are primarily Grenache. In the cellar there is a single demi-muid in the shadows which is presumably the Secret des Sabon, but once again polite inquires are met with a Gallic shrug.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Roger Martin
A splendid discovery

Discovering a bottle with no vintage does not induce great expectations but an enthusiastic write up on a wine page piqued curiosity and after one bottle all concerns were put aside. The blend of wines has produced a gentle but quite silky red which is equally satisfying whether taken by itself or with food. Will definitely be going back for more.

Great value for money

Very drinkable red, highly recommend - ordered because of the reviews on here so thank you fellow Good Wine shoppers!

Bernard Corless

An excellent value for money Rhone red. It has a nice nose is quite full bodied and tannins are well integrated. What not to like?

Linda C
Fantastic Wine

From ordering to delivery, everything was good. The wine is excellent and I will certainly order this wine again.

Anthony Mc
A great red

A good soft Rhône red. A great mouthful, as good as a chateauneuf and reasonably priced. Close your eyes - is that Mont Ventoux in the distance and the Dentelles de Montmirail behind you? Enjoy with a meal, on its own or with a daydream.