2016 Domaine Roger Sabon "Rhone by Roger Sabon"

SKU #1340509 Wine Spectator

 Pure, fresh cherry and black currant paste flavors are carried by a nice racy bolt of graphite, ending with light tobacco and black tea hints. (JM)  (12/2017)

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Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/24/2018 | Send Email
This is exactly the type of deal that makes the Rhone one of the best wine value regions in the world. Winemaker Didier Negron uses handpicked fruit from sustainably farmed, 50-year-old vines, aged 6 months in stainless steel for this pure expression of Cotes du Rhone. Rich blackberry fruit, garrigue and herbs have wonderful mid palate weight and just enough acidity to give this easy-drinker lift and freshness. Stellar value for the money.

Staff Image By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/22/2018 | Send Email
I’m always looking for killer values that deliver big on power, and are reasonable enough to not give a second thought taking home at the end of the night. Enter the Rhone by Sabon. Intense and concentrated with tons of dark fruit and spice notes, I was shocked by how good the wine was at this price. I would drink this any day of the week. For those of you who love those classic power reds like the Closerie Pic-Saint-Loup or the L’Ostal Cazes, this is a must-check-out wine that’s rich, bold, and absolutely delivers.

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/22/2018 | Send Email
I was not prepared for how good this wine was for only $11.99. Wow! If you want a little insight into how fantastic the upcoming 2016 Rhone vintage is going to be just pick up a bottle of the 2016 Rhone by Roger Sabon. Loaded with a bevy of dark berry fruit and spice notes this complex, layered beauty boasts a silky-smooth palate that displays remarkable persistence and length. This is easily one of the better wine values I have tasted this year.
Top Value! Drink from 2018 to 2022

Staff Image By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/18/2018 | Send Email
While we do have a rather vast selection of fantastically affordable Cotes Du Rhone in the store, the Rhone by Roger Sabon is clearly one of the best bangs for your buck and easily one of my new favorite every day values. It's rustic, and slightly fruit forward, however it's never overbearingly so. Well balanced, and packed with flavors of plum, boysenberry, and some nice earthiness, this heavy blend of Grenache with slight touches of Syrah and Cinsault is definitely a crowd pleaser.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/18/2018 | Send Email
Sabon was one of our break out stars for our 2015 Chateauneuf campaign and 2016 looks to be equally great. How do we know? Taste this 2016 Cotes du Rhone-esque bottling from them. For $12, you get a fleshy rich and ultimately very satisfying wine that delivers layers of delicious Rhone pleasure. With the quality of 2016 showing through this humble little wine, there is no need to wait months for the CDPs. You can enjoy this gem right now.

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Rhone Blends



- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- 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.