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Châteauneuf-du-Pape Le Secret des Sabon

Domaine Roger Sabon

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Le Secret des Sabon Bottle
Appellation
Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Variety
Grenache, +?
Age of Vines
Presumably old vines?
Farming
Sustainable
Soil
Maybe sand, or red clay, or limestone, or galets?
Altitude
90-110? meters
Fermentation
Maybe like the other cuvées, maybe not
Aging
In the cellar there is a demi-muid in the shadows alone and apart from the rest of the demi-muids and foudres, maybe this is the Secret des Sabon

Overview

Le Secret des Sabon began as an experimental cuvée which has evolved to be one of the top wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. With only about a single demi-muid produced each year, from presumably old vines with their correspondingly low yields, there isn’t much to go around. It is quite startling to taste Secret after the Cuvée Prestige, as one normally expects the “top” win of the estate to be the biggest, but this is a red herring. While there is an unmistakable glyceryl weight to Le Secret, it is more high-toned than you would initially expect. Red fruit predominates with stony and herbal accents that hint at a long life ahead. If we had to guess, we’d say that it is primarily Grenache and that it bears the hallmarks of a sandy terroir. Still, given the reticence of Didier and the generally more ethereal house style here, this is probably a good guess. Didier does admit that their oldest vines of Grenache are co-planted with other varieties in small quantities and that he prefers to co-ferment them. If we keep visiting each year, I’m sure we’ll get closer to the truth.

Ratings & Reviews

96

2019 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Le Secret des Sabon

Source: VM

96

2019 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Le Secret des Sabon

Source: WS

97

2018 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Le Secret des Sabon

Source: JD

97

2018 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Le Secret des Sabon

Source: WA

99

2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Le Secret des Sabon

Source: JD

96+

2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Le Secret des Sabon

Source: WA

97

2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Le Secret des Sabon

Source: WS

95

2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Le Secret des Sabon

Source: VM

97

2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Le Secret des Sabon

Source: WS

Rhône, France
  • Location
    Rhône, France
  • Appellation
    Châteauneuf-du-Pape
  • Proprietor
    Denis & Gilbert Sabon
  • Winemaker
    Didier Négron
  • Size / Elevation
    34 hectares / 35–110 meters
  • Portfolio
    Eric Solomon Selections

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