2015 Domaine Roger Sabon Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Reserve

Year: 2015
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 91-93
James Suckling: 93
Jeb Dunnuck: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.4%
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"Alluring, with racy raspberry coulis, cassis and red licorice fruit forming the core, all infused with rooibos tea and incense notes. Pretty minerality gilds the finish, which is stylish and lengthy. Approachable already, but there's no rush. Drink now through 2030. 336 cases imported. -JM " (WS)

"Made from 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre, the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve is sourced from a diversity of soils within La Crau and La Grenade. Aged in foudre and other large oak vats, it's a dark-fruited wine, delivering scents and flavors of cola and ground spices balanced by an herbal component. The tannins are supple, and the flavors intensify on the finish—always a good sign." (WA)

"Vibrant ruby. Energetic red and dark berry aromas are complemented by suggestions of candied flowers, licorice and incense. Juicy blackberry, boysenberry and floral pastille flavors deepen and spread out steadily as the wine opens up. Concentrated yet lithe, with distinct freshness and smooth tannins providing shape to a long, fragrant finish." (VM)

"Fresh aromas of dark toasted baking spices, licorice and star anise with sappy dark plum and blackberry fruit, too. The palate has seamlessly smooth and fluid texture. Tannins are long and hold a ripe, dark plum-flavored finish. Best from 2020." (JS)

"The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve (80% Grenache and 10% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre) has more going for it, with lots of currants, cherries, olive and peppery herbs aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, supple, and silky on the palate, with fine tannin, it's a forward, delicious 2015 that I'd happily drink anytime over the coming 7-8 years." (JD)