Roger Sabon, Millésime 2020, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve, Rhône Valley, France

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Roger Sabon, Millésime 2020, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve, Rhône Valley, France

Roger Sabon’s Châteauneuf du Pape Reserve is a mostly Grenache blend, with additions of Syrah and Mourvèdre. The grapes, coming from clay-limestone plots, are harvested manually and, after fermentation, the wine is aged for 18 months in oak barrels.

The wine shows a deep and brilliant colour with ruby tones. On the nose, it reveals a complex aromatic profile with fruity and spicy notes, hints of chocolate, herbs, and undergrowth. On the palate, it is a bold wine with great character.

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Founded in 1952, Roger Sabon is a family-run winery managed today by Roger’s sons, Denis and Gilbert, while the role of winemaker is held by his brother-in-law Didier Negron. Over the years the company has grown and today extends over 30 hectares of vineyards distributed in the Châteauneuf du Pape, Lirac, and Côtes-du-Rhône AOCs, where Grenache always has a place of honour. The entire range of wines produced shows great elegance and excellent ageing potential.

Roger Sabon’s Châteauneuf du Pape Reserve is a mostly Grenache blend, with additions of Syrah and Mourvèdre. The grapes, coming from clay-limestone plots, are harvested manually and, after fermentation, the wine is aged for 18 months in oak barrels.

The wine shows a deep and brilliant colour with ruby tones. On the nose, it reveals a complex aromatic profile with fruity and spicy notes, hints of chocolate, herbs, and undergrowth. On the palate, it is a bold wine with great character. It is deep, warm, and full-bodied with silky tannins and a balanced acidity. The finish is soft and long. It is a powerful and extremely elegant wine. Try it with roast beef or lamb, and with mature cheeses.

Grape Variety 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre

Country: France

Region: Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Grape: 85% Grenache, 15% Syrah

Volume: 75cl

ABV: 15%

Vintage: 2018

Suitable for Vegans: Yes 

Suitable for Vegetarians: Yes

Food pairing: This robust and rich red pairs naturally with powerful meat dishes such as Civet de Sanglier, a gorgeous French dish of chunks of wild boar stewed with bacon, mushrooms and red wine.

Château Fortia is a symbolic estate in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, both for its location and its roots that are closely linked to that of its appellation.

Since the 17th century, Château Fortia has passed down its traditions and know-how to make renowned wines within one of the world’s most famous appellations. In 1929 due to the efforts of Baron Pierre Leroy, Châteauneuf du Pape became the first appellation with a set of winemaking regulations. Today his descendants still continue the proud family tradition.

The vines have an average age of 30 years old and are mainly red wine varieties. Grenache noir, the appellation’s emblematic grape variety, is predominant. Syrah grapes are also grown, which flourish especially well as do Mourvèdre.

The grapes for the ‘Tradition’ are harvested entirely by hand with sorting on the plot, the bunches are delicately picked and then transported in crates in order to ensure the perfect condition of all the grapes and to avoid any oxidation.

The grapes are then transferred to concrete or stainless steel vats. Fermentation and 4 to 5 weeks of maceration make it possible to extract all the colour and aromas from the grapes. Cask-ageing of between 18 to 24 months allows the wine to gently flourish. It is then bottled and left to rest in our ageing cellars.

Full and rich on the palate with an opulent texture carrying flavours of wild strawberry, pepper, graphite and fresh liquorice through to a long, silky finish. This is full of elegance and finesse.

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