Cotes du Rhone Roger Sabon 2019

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Wine writer Robert Parker, and others have been praising the wines from Roger Sabon for many years now, as have we.

The Sabon family have been making wine in the southern Rhone for many years, hundreds of years in fact. Domaine Roger Sabon, the present incarnation of the family business was established in 1952, Roger's sons and son in law now run the business. Depending on who you read, they have about 30 hectares of vines, in various parcels around the Chateauneuf du Pape area, which includes some Lirac and Cotes du Rhone.

This part of the Rhone is dominated by the juicy Grenache grape, which Sabon focuses on, alongside Syrah and Cinsault. This triumvirate of grapes feature in all their wines. They farm their vines sustainably and favour fruit driven, elegant wines, not dominated by high alcohol and oak, which can sometimes be prominent in this region. They have moved away from using french barriques in favour of the more gentle concrete tanks and large old oak barrels.

This Cotes du Rhone is one of the more affordable wines from their range, and ready to drink when it is first released. It is made from approximately fifty year old vines, which give a lovely supple depth of flavour, for an everyday drinking red wine. It has a silky combination of red and black fruit flavours, with hints of spice and earthy notes. Perfect for mid week night in.