Roger Sabon 'Les Olivets' Chateauneuf du Pape 2019 - 750ml

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93pts Wine Spectator

Lush and alluring, with warm melted licorice, plum reduction and blackberry preserve notes rolling through slowly but surely, while sweet tobacco, apple wood and tar accents fill in on the finish. Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault. Drink now through 2032.

92pts Vinous

Dark ruby. Fresh cherry, dark berries, pungent flowers and hints of musky earth and garrigue on the fragrant nose. Pliant and expansive on the palate, offering juicy red and dark berry, candied violet and baking spice flavors and a hint of mocha that adds appealing sweetness. Finishes long and gently chewy, with well-knit tannins and lingering spiciness.

91pts Jeb Dunnuck

The entry level 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Les Olivets from this estate checks in as 80% Grenache and 10% each of Syrah and Cinsault. It's a rich, mouth-filling, fleshy, wonderfully textured, medium to full-bodied effort offering lots of meaty black fruits, peppery garrigue, and meaty nuances, ripe, soft tannins, and a great finish. It's well worth seeking out and ideal for drinking any time over the coming decade or so.

Winemaker Notes

The bright ruby of the color introduces a nose of smoke, fur, meat juice, undergrowth. Mouth is built around mature tannins extended by the ripe black cherry.