2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Secret de Sabon

Roger Sabon

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Average Score 96.0

Also fabulous, the 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape le Secret du Sabon reminds me of walking through the massive street market in the town of Vaison la Romaine in Provence. Exotic spice, cured meats, leather and licorice are all grounded by a rocking core of cassis and kirsch-styled fruit. Seamless and layered on the palate, with full-bodied richness and plenty of tannin, it's another thrilling vintage of this cuvee that will drink nicely for over two decades. ||A brilliantly run estate, Domaine Roger Sabon covers close to 44 acres that are spread throughout the appellation, and the wines have been made by Didier Negron since 2001. This retrospective focused on their top cuvee, the Secret du Sabon, which is a field blend of roughly (the exact blend is a "secret") 90% Grenache with the balance other permitted varieties (from 100-year-old vines), that-s aged all in 600-liter barrels. While the first released vintage was 1998, they also bottled a small amount in 1990, 1995 (the only one I've tasted? superb) and 1996., 2014
The inky/purple-hued, enormously endowed 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Le Secret des Sabon is a monster of massive concentration and power. It reveals a suppleness to the tannins as well as a more evolved, accessible personality than the 2007, but, wow, it should keep for 20-25 years. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate October 2008

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