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October 26, 2011

MNSC Rhone Trip Day 4: Roger Sabon

Visit to Domaine Roger Sabon in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, where we were received by Didier Négron, the winemaker who is also Jean-Jacques Sabon's son-in-law.

2009 Roger Sabon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Renaissance – fresh, floral, a little ripe, mineral, a little sweet, kinda alcoholic. Medium length on the palate.

2010 Roger Sabon Le Sabounet - animal, herbs and spices. Flat on palate.

2010 Rhône by Roger Sabon – more intense, spicy, animal, a little rubber, pungent.

2010 Roger Sabon Lirac Chapelle de Maillac – fruity, smoked meat, mint. Light on the palate.

2010 Roger Sabon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Olivets – sulfur, rubber, dried herbs. Fairly smooth with a long finish.

2010 Roger Sabon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réserve – no Cinsault in this blend. Sweeter, riper fruit, mint and forest. Bigger tannins.

2010 Roger Sabon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Prestige, from foudre – bigger, more structure with tannins. Minty.

2010 Roger Sabon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Prestige, from oak tank – fresher fruit, riper and sweeter.

2010 Roger Sabon Châteauneuf-du-Pape, potentially Le Secret des Sabon – From vines that are 80-90 years old. Bigger nose, more sulfur, minty, sweeter fruit with forest notes.

2001 Roger Sabon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Prestige – ripe and a little stewed fruit, some leather, alcoholic. Big body with plenty of tannins still. Opened up nicely in glass after a few minutes.

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