The monumental 2009 Châteauneuf-du-Pape cuvée Prestige is a creative blend of 60% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, and the rest grapes such as Vaccarese, Muscardin, Cinsault, Terret Noir and Counoise. Most of the fruit is aged in foudre, with the Syrah and Mourvedre components aged in new oak. The fabulous 2009 offers an opaque purple color along with a gorgeous nose of charcoal, burning embers, black currants, soy, Asian plum sauce, blackberries and kirsch. The wine-s complexity is nearly off the charts. Moreover, once it hits the palate, the high glycerin, silky tannins, low acidity and luxurious concentration provide a compelling drinking experience. This spectacular Châteauneuf-du-Pape is one of the wine-s of the vintage. It can be drunk now or cellared for 15+ years. The brilliant 2009s are among the finest of the vintage. - Wine Advocate
There's a slightly chunky edge to the charcoal, roasted fig, mulled plum and black currant notes in this dark. A lacing of espresso and bittersweet cocoa helps add some finesse to the finish. A touch of cellaring should do the rest. Best from 2012 through 2022. 830 cases made. - Wine Spectator
Lurid purple. Smoky, primary aromas of black raspberry, anise and potpourri are heightened by a lively mineral quality. Juicy and incisive, showing sweet red and dark berry flavors and good clarity. Packs a punch but this wine is surprisingly light on its feet and finishes with mounting sweetness. - Int'l Wine Cellar
The most complex and complete of the ‘09s, the 2009 Roger Sabon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Prestige is a thrilling wine that blends concentration and power with a sense of balance and elegance. Showing gorgeous aromas of cherry pit and currant fruits, white pepper, spice, and leather on the nose, the wine is full-bodied and perfectly balanced on the palate, delivering a mouth filling, silky texture, fantastic concentration, and loads of finely polished tannin on the finish. The overall purity and balance allows this to drink well now, but bottles should be give 2-3 years and then consumed over the following 15+ years. - Rhône Report
There is meticulous selection of the grapes during the vendage, followed by vinification for 20 to 30 days at fermentation levels of 32 to 33oC. The wine is aged In demi-muids and tronchonical oak for 18 months. 90 year old vines.
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