Even deeper-colored with more purple hues, the 2009 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Reserve is composed of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Cinsault from nearly 70-year-old vines. This brilliant effort is one of the finest Reserves the Sabons have yet made. Dense and complex, it offers up notes of incense, charcoal, roasted herbs, meat juices, bouquet garni and lots of black currant and black cherry fruit. This full-bodied, voluptuously textured, multidimensional, superb Châteauneuf-du-Pape is accessible now and should age well for 10-15 years. -Wine Advocate
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. -International Wine Cellar
There is rigorous selection of the grapes during the vendage. Vinifaction lasts for three weeks, with the temperature of fermentation around 30 to 32oC . Aging: 16-18 months in (70%) foudre and (30%) demi-muids. 60-75 year old vines.
This wine has flavors of red and black fruit and spices. It will keep well for at least 20 years and will exhibit hints of mushrooms and leather over time. Pairs well with veal, white meats, mushrooms, cow’s milk cheeses or Banon.
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