International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92(80% grenache, with mourvedre, syrah and cinsault): Dark ruby. Exotically perfumed, expressive scents of candied cherry, blackberry and spicecake, with notes of anise and rose adding complexity. Shows deeper cassis and blueberry flavors on the palate, along with a zesty mineral quality. Fine-grained tannins add shape and grip to the very long, sappy, focused finish. This wine has gained vivacity since I saw it last year.Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: January/February 2012
Wine Spectator | Rating: 93Powerfully rendered, with a large core of fig sauce, plum preserves and dark cassis notes that course along, pushed by anise and roasted apple wood flavors and a muscular, graphite-filled finish. Still quite densely packed on the finish, this needs time to stretch out. 250 cases imported.Author: James Molesworth
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape is probably one of the strongest |regular| efforts I have ever tasted from Sabon. This dense purple blend of 75 to 80% Grenache and the rest Mourvedre and Syrah, aged in truncated wood cuves and foudres, has a beautiful, sweet nose of black cherry jam intermixed with roasted herbs, black currants, forest floor and a hint of charcoal. The wine has great intensity, full-bodied opulence, and a striking seductiveness that is already irresistible. It should continue to drink well for 12-15 years.Author: Robert Parker
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While the is known mostly for single-varietal wines from or , the is known for complex blends. , for example, allows up to 13 different varieties in a blend leaving winemakers ample room to experiment. This variation makes it almost impossible to describe a typical Rhône blend. Regardless of style, the common goal of these winemakers is to manage high tannin and alcohol levels in order to produce a balanced wine.
The most widely planted variety, , dominates most Rhône blends and adds concentrated spiced red fruit flavors with cinnamon, raspberry, and tobacco characteristics. and Mourvèdre add color and tannin, with Syrah contributing aromas of blueberry, pepper, and bacon while Mourvèdre adds dense black fruit flavors and gamey and meaty aromas. Cinsault provides red fruit flavor. For the best expression of this complex blend turn to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and classic producers like , , or .
Many New-World wine regions, particularly in and , have adopted this winemaking method. The best examples come from producers , , and .
The complexity and spice-forward flavor profile of Rhône blends pair best with herb-roasted turkey, pork chops, a range of cheeses, or spiced vegetables.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 39 bottles owned
- 13 collectors