(2009 Vintage) Incredible density & richness, with notes of soy, blackberry, & blueberry liqueur, incense, acacia flowers & licorice. The layered, full-bodied mouthfeel displays no heat, but the wine has massive concentration & a silky, smooth finish.
Wine Advocate(2004 Vintage) Rating: 93+ - As reviewed by Wine Advocate.
Robert Parker(2008 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 10/21/2010
Wine & Spirits(2006 Vintage) The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is one of the vintage's most compelling wines. Most of the fruit for this offering comes from the estate vineyards in La Crau, and it is usually a blend of 80% Grenache (aged in tank and foudre) and the rest equal parts Syrah and Mourvedre that are kept in small barrels. Approxmiately 5,000-6,000 bottles are produced. It is hard to say whether this is the finest wine Christophe Sabon has made since taking over for his father, but what a profoundly great effort! It is an elixir of Chateauneuf du Pape with an inky/blue/purple color and an extraordinary read more...nose of kirsch liqueur, black raspberries, licorice, truffles, graphite, and spice. The wine boasts enormous richness, incredible harmony, and a finish that lasts more than a minute. It is one of the most outrageously rich, concentrated, and perfect Chateauneuf du Papes I have ever tasted at this stage of development. It should last for 30+ years. (hide)
Wine Spectator(2006 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 08/20/2008