2015 Roger Sabon "Prestige" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1320285 95 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Prestige checks in as a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and the balance a mix of permitted varieties. Like the other cuvées, it’s completely destemmed and aged in a mix of larger foudre, demi-muids and tronconique tanks. Voluptuous, full-bodied, gorgeously polished and pure, with ultra-fine tannin, it has beautiful Grenache fruit, lots of pepper and underbrush nuances, a great mid-palate and a big finish. More nuanced and elegant than outright powerful, it's going to evolve gracefully on its balance and purity. (JebDunnuck.com)  (10/2017)

95 points Wine Spectator

 Intense, with a delicious core of warm raspberry pâte de fruit, cassis and Linzer torte flavors wrapped in licorice and singed alder notes. The long finish has some heft but stays racy and driven overall, showing a flash of iron through the finish. Well-built. Best from 2020 through 2035. 224 cases imported. (JM)  (10/2017)

93 points James Suckling

 Fresh aromas of dark toasted baking spices, licorice and star anise with sappy dark plum and blackberry fruit, too. The palate has seamlessly smooth and fluid texture. Tannins are long and hold a ripe, dark plum-flavored finish. Best from 2020.  (8/2017)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Showing a touch of warmth on the powerful finish, the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Prestige should be drunk while young. The tannins are supple to the point of creaminess and the cherry-cola fruit is kept lively through a touch of green herbs or stems. The blend is 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre and 5% assorted other varieties; the élevage is in a combination of foudres and tronconic vats. (JC)  (10/2017)

91-93 points Vinous

 Brilliant ruby. Heady, expansive aromas of candied red and dark berries, incense and peppery spices take on a smoky nuance with air. Sappy, palate-staining blackberry, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors show impressive depth and vivacity and pick up a floral pastille quality on the back half. The gently tannic, sharply focused finish repeats the floral note and clings with excellent tenacity. (JR)  (3/2017)

Jancis Robinson

 Les Brusquières, Cabrières. 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre, 5% others. Destemmed and vinified at 28 °C half in stainless steel and half in concrete tanks. 60% is matured in foudres, 30% in tronconic vats and 10% in demi-muids. pH 3.81, TA 3.04 g/l. Tasted blind. Blackish crimson. Very warming and spicy on the nose. Already beautifully integrated and charming with fine tannins swamped by quite a complex load of fruit. Herbs and spices season the ripe fruit. Good balance. 18/20 Points (JR)  (10/2016)

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/8/2017 | Send Email
The “Prestige” is actually a single plot co-planted with their oldest Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre vines plus a handful of the old heirloom grapes from the region. The smallest production cuvée, it rapidly approaches “next level” with its incense, brambly fruit and dynamic palate. This represents high-order, terroir-driven CdP and at a comparatively reasonable price.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape

Alcohol Content (%): 15