2016 Roger Sabon "Prestige" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1352900 96 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Prestige checks in as 75% Grenache and the balance mostly Syrah and smaller parts of other permitted varieties. Crème de cassis, olive tapenade, smoked herbs, and licorice notes all emerge from this remarkably pure, seamless, gorgeously refined and elegant Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It shows slightly more Syrah character, has a multi-dimensional texture, and a layered, elegant style that just begs to be drunk. It can be drunk today or cellared for 15 years or more. Inner quote mark (8/2018)

96 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Sourced from the lieux-dits of Les Brusquières and Cabrières, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Prestige is a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre and 5% other varieties. Tasted blind, it's a big, full-bodied, lush wine. Powered by bold cherry and stone fruit, it shows hints of pepper and clove complexity, plus vibrant citrus zest notes on the long, electric finish. Wow. (JC) Inner quote mark (8/2018)

95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Intense, with a racy and focused beam of raspberry coulis, cherry preserve and blackberry paste flavors driving through, laced with mouthwatering anise, black tea and singed apple wood notes. The long, graphite-edged finish shows terrific energy. (JM) Inner quote mark (6/2018)

94 points Decanter

Outer quote mark High-toned floral aromas and depth of fruit bodes well for future development. It's full-bodied, but with no heaviness. It has good acidity and some mineral hints on the long finish. Overall the impression is one of great freshness and purity, unforced and not over-extracted, showing perfect balance. Very good. (MW) Inner quote mark (10/2017)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Intensely ripe mulberry and plum flavors are muted by whiffs of smoke, cinnamon and pepper in this powerhouse Grenache-blend. It's muscular and brooding but maintains a freshness on the midpalate marked by pert acidity and finely edged tannins. Appealing already the wine should approach peak through 2035. Inner quote mark (12/2019)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Brilliant ruby. Red berry liqueur, lavender and incense scents, along with hints of allspice and smoky minerals. Silky and seamless in the mouth, offering sappy raspberry, cherry, spicecake and floral pastille flavors that deepen steadily with air. Smoothly balances richness and finesse and finishes with bright, mineral-driven persistence, sneaky tannins and strong persistence. (JR) Inner quote mark (7/2018)

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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/29/2018 | Send Email
The “Prestige” is from the more pebbly (galets) and limestone soils. Composed mostly of Grenache and Syrah, it does have bits of Mourvedre, Cinsault, Counoise, Vaccarese, Muscardin and Terret Noir in the blend. The wine has harmonious fruit and balance, the tannins are fine but present giving it beautiful structure.

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