2009 Roger Sabon "Prestige" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The monumental 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Prestige is a creative blend of 60% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, and the rest grapes such as Vaccarese, Muscardin, Cinsault, Terret Noir and Counoise. Most of the fruit is aged in foudre, with the Syrah and Mourvedre components aged in new oak. The fabulous 2009 offers an opaque purple color along with a gorgeous nose of charcoal, burning embers, black currants, soy, Asian plum sauce, blackberries and kirsch. The wine-s complexity is nearly off the charts. Moreover, once it hits the palate, the high glycerin, silky tannins, low acidity and luxurious concentration provide a compelling drinking experience. This spectacular Chateauneuf du Pape is one of the wine-s of the vintage. It can be drunk now or cellared for 15+ years.
There's a slightly chunky edge to the charcoal, roasted fig, mulled plum and black currant notes in this dark. A lacing of espresso and bittersweet cocoa helps add some finesse to the finish. A touch of cellaring should do the rest. Best from 2012 through 2022.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Vivid purple. A highly perfumed, exotic nose evokes black raspberry, Indian spices, licorice and violet, along with a hint of beef jerky. Broad, sappy dark berry flavors are underscored by tangy minerality and become smokier and meatier with air. Finishes with firm grip and no excess sweetness and repeats the smoky note.