CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE, SOUTHERN RHONE
With family roots in the area that date back to 1540, the Sabon family is a cornerstone in Chateauneuf-du-Pape winemaking. Although the wines produced by Roger Sabon aren't exactly bin-end priced, they offer extraordinary quality and value for what they are; it is rare to find a CdP of this quality at this price. The wines, four reds and one white, all demonstrate an incredible depth, richness, and purity. Sabon shies away from over-using oak barrels in the ageing process, instead preferring to use old oak barrels for six months. This helps the wine retain the brightness and purity of fruit that make it so delicious. While it is tempting to drink Sabon's wine as soon as you can get your hands on it, with several years of ageing, they will develop a depth and complexity that will rival some of the finest Chateauneuf-du-Papes that are being made today.
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