This is one of the best value French wines we’ve tasted this year. It is powerful Cotes du Rhone village wine from celebrated Chateauneuf du Pape producer Roger Sabon. Sabon has about 6 hectares of vineyard from just over the Chateauneuf border that he grows Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah for this ‘entry’ point wine. The impressiveness is in its dark, brooding flavours and powerful tannin structure. It has an intensity and balance that overdelivers on its price. Sabon produces wine of concentration, flesh and finesse and there is a very careful and experienced us of oak here.
Experienced Rhone ranger and reviewer Jeb Dunnick sums it up well with this review; “The 2018 Côtes Du Rhône by Roger Sabon is a forward, charming effort that has loads of black raspberry and blackberry fruits as well as notes of cured meats, spice, and pepper. It has beautiful fruit, medium-bodied, no hard edges, and loads of upfront charm. It's ideal for drinking over the coming 2-4 years.”
The estate was founded in 1952 by Roger Sabon and is now run by his sons Denis and Gilbert, with son in law Didier Negron the winemaker. The wine is from 50-year-old, sustainably farmed vines grown on gravelly clay and sandy soils. Enjoy this one over the next two years with grilled, fatty cuts of meat or rich, dark curries.