Slide background

Notes de dégustation

Vous êtes nombreux à nous demander quand boire nos Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
Voici des notes de dégustation réalisées par nos prescripteurs ou par nous-mêmes, classées par cuvée et par millésime.
Alors, à votre tour, bonnes dégustations !

2014

Tradition Blanc

• Checking in as a blend of 40% Grenache, 30% Clairette and the rest Roussanne, the Sabons’ 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc is one of the whites of the vintage. Raised 60% in tank and 40% in barrel, it offers killer notes of salted melon, ripe peach, pineapple and hints of salty minerality to go with a medium to full-bodied, layered and seamlessly textured style on the palate. While 2014 yielded mostly mid-weight, fresh and simple whites, this has real depth and length. If you love southern Rhône whites (and I do), don’t miss this! It will have two decades of longevity if you’re so inclined (bottles wouldn’t last long at my house).
These latest 2013 and 2014s from the brother/sister pair of Christophe and Isabelle Sabon are easily some of the finest wines in the vintages, with both vintages possessing impressive levels of fruit and texture. In addition to their stunning Châteauneuf du Papes (both red and white), their lineup of Côtes du Rhônes continues to knock it out of the park and represents superb value. Looking at the 2014s, these were harvest from September 15 to October 2. Even though this was a large crop, yields here were down over 20% due to dropped crop. As to the 2013s, these were harvested almost all in October and…
Jeb Dunnuck (October, 2015)

Prestige Blanc

• Unfortunately, there’s just four barrels of the 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Prestige Blanc. Made from 60% Roussanne and the rest Grenache Blanc and Clairette, it goes completely through malolactic fermentation and is raised all in barrel before bottling without filtration (same for the traditional white as well). A profound effort that rivals Beaucastel’s old vine Roussanne cuvée for the top white in the appellation, it reveals a medium gold color to go with lots of citrus oil, buttered peach, pineapple and mint. Full-bodied, layered, incredibly pure and clean, with a chiseled feel on the palate, it will be better this time next year and can be kept for as long as you’d like.
These latest 2013 and 2014s from the brother/sister pair of Christophe and Isabelle Sabon are easily some of the finest wines in the vintages, with both vintages possessing impressive levels of fruit and texture. In addition to their stunning Châteauneuf du Papes (both red and white), their lineup of Côtes du Rhônes continues to knock it out of the park and represents superb value. Looking at the 2014s, these were harvest from September 15 to October 2. Even though this was a large crop, yields here were down over 20% due to dropped crop…
Jeb Dunnuck (October, 2015)

Tradition

• Made from 60% Grenache and 15% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre, the 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape is another polished, elegant and impeccably made wine from this top estate. Loaded with fruit, medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated and with fine tannin, it will certainly be approachable on release, yet I suspect it will evolve for a decade or more on its balance and purity.
These latest 2013 and 2014s from the brother/sister pair of Christophe and Isabelle Sabon are easily some of the finest wines in the vintages, with both vintages possessing impressive levels of fruit and texture. In addition to their stunning Châteauneuf du Papes (both red and white), their lineup of Côtes du Rhônes continues to knock it out of the park and represents superb value. Looking at the 2014s, these were harvest from September 15 to October 2. Even though this was a large crop, yields here were down over 20% due to dropped crop. As to the 2013s, these were harvested almost all in October and wrapped up over two weeks later than the 2014s, finishing on October 18. When asked which vintage he preferred, 2013 or 2014, Christophe couldn’t pick a favorite, but compared 2014 to 2004 and 2013 to 1999.
Jeb Dunnuck (October, 2015)

Chaupin

• One of the more charming, sexy and approachable versions of this cuvée, the 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Chaupin has beautiful ripeness and density to go with the classic perfumed, floral and sweetly fruited profile that this cuvée almost always shows. I always find an almost essence of Grenache character with this cuvée, and the 2014 is no exception. Drink it anytime over the coming decade or so.
These latest 2013 and 2014s from the brother/sister pair of Christophe and Isabelle Sabon are easily some of the finest wines in the vintages, with both vintages possessing impressive levels of fruit and texture. In addition to their stunning Châteauneuf du Papes (both red and white), their lineup of Côtes du Rhônes continues to knock it out of the park and represents superb value. Looking at the 2014s, these were harvest from September 15 to October 2. Even though this was a large crop, yields here were down over 20% due to dropped crop. As to the 2013s, these were harvested almost all in October and wrapped up over two weeks later than the 2014s, finishing on October 18. When asked which vintage he preferred, 2013 or 2014, Christophe couldn’t pick a favorite, but compared 2014 to 2004 and 2013 to 1999.
Jeb Dunnuck (October, 2015)

Vieilles vignes

• One of the more elegant and streamlined examples of this cuvée I’ve tasted, the 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Vieilles Vignes has terrific purity as well as classic notes of black raspberries, Provençal spice, licorice and leather. Medium to full-bodied and nicely concentrated, it offers tons of charm and I suspect it will drink nicely right on release (which isn’t the norm for this cuvée).
These latest 2013 and 2014s from the brother/sister pair of Christophe and Isabelle Sabon are easily some of the finest wines in the vintages, with both vintages possessing impressive levels of fruit and texture. In addition to their stunning Châteauneuf du Papes (both red and white), their lineup of Côtes du Rhônes continues to knock it out of the park and represents superb value. Looking at the 2014s, these were harvest from September 15 to October 2. Even though this was a large crop, yields here were down over 20% due to dropped crop. As to the 2013s, these were harvested almost all in October and wrapped up over two weeks later than the 2014s, finishing on October 18. When asked which vintage he preferred, 2013 or 2014, Christophe couldn’t pick a favorite, but compared 2014 to 2004 and 2013 to 1999.
Jeb Dunnuck (October, 2015)

2013

Tradition Blanc

• One of the top whites in the appellation, the Sabon’s 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc is jaw-dropping good. A blend of equal parts Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Clairette that goes through malo and is aged in 40% new oak, it boasts smoking notes of white peach, honeysuckle, brioche and salty minerality. Medium to full-bodied, ultra-pure and with building richness, it’s a spectacular white that I’d recommend drinking over the coming 3-4 years, but it will certainly evolve for decades (I’ve had them back to the ‘80s and they always show beautifully).
Jeb Dunnuck, octobre 2014.

Prestige Blanc

• Even more rich and textured, yet still every bit as fresh, pure and precise, the 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvee Prestige Blanc is a 70/30 mix of Roussanne and Grenache Blanc. Seeing no new oak, it’s a medium to full-bodied, rich, layered and decadent beauty that boasts phenomenal notes of golden fruits, brioche, white flowers and a subtle saltiness that comes out more on the palate. It’s one of the top 2-3 wines in the appellation and should not be missed.
Jeb Dunnuck, octobre 2014.

Tradition

• Should be outstanding. Possessing a rocking purple color, it has classic black raspberry, toasted bread, licorice and spice aromatics, medium to full-bodied richness and a supple, elegant style. There’s good concentration here and it makes the most of the vintage.
Jeb Dunnuck, octobre 2014.

Chaupin

• What could be one of the wines of the vintage, the 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvee Chaupin, which was harvested October 6-7, has beautiful depth and concentration to go with notes of blackberry, spring flowers, licorice and peppery herbs. Due to the horrible yields for Grenache, production here is down 35%. It should drink nicely on release and have 10-15 years of longevity.
Jeb Dunnuck, octobre 2014.

Vieilles vignes

• Incorporating 20% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and 6% Clairette, the Grenache-dominated 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes is gorgeous. Slightly more rich and textured than the Cuvee Chaupin, it boasts tons of blackberry, cassis, ground herbs, crushed flowers and creamy licorice in its full-bodied, layered and ripe personality. The tannin quality here is first-rate, and this will benefit from short-term cellaring and evolve for over a decade.
Jeb Dunnuck, octobre 2014.

2012

Tradition Blanc

Vineyard soil: clay-limestone. 50% Grenache Blanc, 25% Clairette, 25% Roussanne. Not much nose but very rich on the palate. Broad and almost fat but certainly with lots to offer.

Par Jancis Robinson, 2013-11-17
(The Financial Times, www.jancisrobinson.com)

Tradition

• Beautiful, with medium to full-bodied richness, lots of sweet black raspberry fruit, graphite, bouquet garni and licorice aromatics, and sweet, building tannin that comes through on the finish. It shows the purity and balance of the vintage, and will dish out loads of pleasure over the coming decade or more.
Jeb Dunnuck, octobre 2014.

• Vineyard soil: galets, clay-limestone. Grape varieties: 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre. Lustrous, burnished crimson with layers of interest. Firm and refreshing with lots of fruit and no overdone tannins. Very confident and impressive. Grabs the attention and is impressively persistent.
Very clean, neat finish.
Par Jancis Robinson, 2013-11-17.
(The Financial Times,
www.jancisrobinson.com)

Chaupin

• A full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, rich and layered Châteauneuf that doesn’t put a foot wrong. Made from 85% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre and the rest Syrah, it offers blockbuster notes of blackberry, liquid-violets, spice and serious minerality to go with awesome mid-palate depth and layers of sweet tannin. Like the Cuvee Chaupin, it will be better in another handful of years and thrill through 2027.
Jeb Dunnuck, octobre 2014.

• Vineyard soil: galets, sand, clay-limestone. 100% Grenache in one year old foudres. Mid crimson. A tad jammy on the nose, with some green undertow. For the moment a bit astringent on the finish which is at odds with the very sweet jam upfront.
Par Jancis Robinson, 2013-11-17.
(The Financial Times,
www.jancisrobinson.com)

Vieilles vignes

• A full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, rich and layered Châteauneuf that doesn’t put a foot wrong. Made from 85% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre and the rest Syrah, it offers blockbuster notes of blackberry, liquid-violets, spice and serious minerality to go with awesome mid-palate depth and layers of sweet tannin. Like the Cuvee Chaupin, it will be better in another handful of years and thrill through 2027.
Jeb Dunnuck, octobre 2014.

• Vineyard soil: galets, clay-limestone. 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre. In one year old foudres and barriques. Dark crimson. Some menthol/ cough-remedy aromas. Mid sweetness on the front palate but overall quite fresh. And a little attenuated on the finish. Not quite the concentration all the way through that one might hope for. Sudden finish.
Par Jancis Robinson, 2013-11-17.
(The Financial Times,
www.jancisrobinson.com)

2007

Tradition

• An incredible wine in every way (including value). Possessing a classic Southern Rhône style in its blackberry, cassis, licorice, roasted herb and cured meat-styled aromas and flavors, it has full-bodied richness, no hard edges and blockbuster length. Count yourself lucky if you purchased a bunch of this on release.
Jeb Dunnuck, octobre 2014.

Chaupin

• Has off-the-hook levels of richness and depth. Spring flowers, blackberry, cassis, licorice, violets and white pepper are all present here, and it’s a massive wine on the palate, with big fruit, a voluptuous texture and a great finish. After this tasting, I pulled a bottle from my cellar (purchased on release), and it was firing on all cylinders, with not a hint of VA, so this appears to be an isolated issue.
Jeb Dunnuck, octobre 2014.

Vieilles vignes

• A flawless example of what this estate is capable of in a great year. Full-bodied, decadent and layered, with incredible purity and freshness, it boasts heavenly notes of blackberry, chocolate, licorice, red wine marinade and roasted meat. It’s a monumental wine that offers a singular, yet hedonistic drinking experience that should not be missed. The finest wine I’ve ever tasted from the Sabon’s (although the 2010 gives it a run for its money).
Jeb Dunnuck, octobre 2014.

2006

Tradition

• Starting with the classic 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape, this Grenache-dominated blend (there’s 15% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre) offers a sexy, full-bodied style as well as tons of dark plummy fruits, licorice and spice aromas and flavors. It has solid freshness, sweet fruit and the
class to continue drinking nicely for 4-5 years.
Jeb Dunnuck (March, 2016)

• Drinking great today. Open, perfumed and yet still classic in style, it gives up loads of blackberry fruit, garrigue, spice and leather to go with a rich, layered and balanced palate profile. It’s another wine I wish I had a case of in the cellar as it can be consumed anytime over the coming decade or more.
Jeb Dunnuck, (October 2014)

Chaupin

• A step up on the richness scale over the classic cuvee, the 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Chaupin is as sexy a Grenache as you’ll find in the vintage. Blackberry liqueur, black cherries, olives, crushed flowers and licorice all emerge from this beauty, and it hits the palate with a full-bodied mouthfeel, sweet, resolved tannin and a great finish. This blossoms with time in the glass and will continue drinking beautifully for 4-6 years.
Jeb Dunnuck (March, 2016)

Vieignes Vignes

• A bigger, richer wine than the Chaupin (which is normal), the 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes comes
from the La Janasse and La Crau lieux-dits, and is 80% Grenache and the balance Syrah and Mourvèdre; the Grenache is raised in foudres and demi-muids, and the Syrah and Mourvèdre are raised in small barrels. Full-bodied, rich, decadent and unctuous on the palate, this beauty gives up fabulous notes of dark fruits, dusty soil, licorice, roasted herbs and toasted spice. It needs a short decant if drinking anytime soon, and will continue drinking nicely through 2026.
Jeb Dunnuck (March, 2016)

2005

Tradition

• Superb and shows that you don’t have to chase these top cuvées to get spectacular wines. Still structured and concentrated, it gives up ample roasted herbs, scorched earth, black licorice, chocolate and black fruits to go with a full-bodied, decadent style on the palate. Give it another year or so and drink bottles through 2025.
Jeb Dunnuck, octobre 2014.

Chaupin

• The voluptuousness of the estate (and Grenache), yet stays gorgeously pure, lively and fresh. Blackberry, ground herbs, pepper, spring flowers and exotic spice all emerge from this beauty, and it has full-bodied richness, high, but sweet tannin, and a blockbuster finish. Drink it anytime over the coming decade or so.
Jeb Dunnuck, octobre 2014.

Vieilles Vignes

• Slightly off at the tasting, but I was able to taste it stateside, from a magnum no less. Stunning on all accounts, with awesome elegance and purity that’s backed up by serious richness and depth, it gives up loads of roasted herbs, black licorice, charred meats and black fruits to go with a full-bodied, layered and silky profile on the palate. I’ve been lucky enough to have been through numerous bottles of this over the past few years, and it’s just now starting to shed some of its baby fat, integrate its tannin (which are still present) and open up. Give it another year in the cellar and enjoy it over the following decade.
Jeb Dunnuck, octobre 2014.

2004

Chaupin

• A classic, textbook style, with its garrigue, white pepper, kirsch and spring flowers flowing to a medium to full-bodied, layered and sweetly fruited palate. It’s drinking at point now, and there’s no reason to delay gratification.
Jeb Dunnuck, octobre 2014.

Vieilles Vignes

• About as rich and textured as they come in the vintage. Blackberry, licorice-laced cherries, sugared garrigue and crushed flowers all emerge from this full-bodied, supple and yet beautifully balanced wine. It’s entering its prime drink window, and will continue to evolve gracefully. I’ll say again though, it’s drinking beautifully now.
Jeb Dunnuck, octobre 2014.

2003

Tradition

• Showed fabulously well, giving up plenty of sweet kirsch, blackberry, dried garrigue and spice in its sexy, forward, voluptuous and textured personality. It should be consumed over the coming couple of years.
Jeb Dunnuck, octobre 2014.

Chaupin

• Smoking good, with awesome herbes de Provence, pepper, garrigue and sweet Grenache-driven fruit. Full-bodied and rich, with sweet tannin, I loved it, and would plan on drinking bottles over the coming couple of years as well.
Jeb Dunnuck, octobre 2014.

Vieilles Vignes

• As usual, it’s made in a deeper, richer style than the Chaupin and offers thrilling texture, a smoking mid-palate and nothing but gorgeous Grenache fruit on the finish. Loaded with notions of blackberry liqueur, kirsch, fruit cake and spice, enjoy this knockout effort over the coming 2-4 years or so.
Jeb Dunnuck, octobre 2014.

2001

Tradition

• A dark ruby/purple/semi-opaque color to go with a seamless, supple and classical feel. Possessing notes of kirsch, ground pepper, garrigue and new leather, it’s drinking at point, yet still has plenty of grip and focus on the palate.
Jeb Dunnuck, octobre 2014.

Chaupin

• Classic in style, yet still structured and lively, started out tight and reserved, yet opened up beautifully in the glass to show complex crushed flowers, white pepper, garrigue and kirsch. It has plenty of grip and structure, and will have another 3-5 years of solid drinking.
Jeb Dunnuck, octobre 2014.

Vieilles Vignes

• Still opaque and deeply colored, with killer blackcurrants, smoked meats, orange-tinged chocolate, roasted herbs and serious minerality all soaring from the glass. Just at the early stages of full maturity, this full-bodied, deep, rich and concentrated effort should be consumed over the coming 4-6 years.
Jeb Dunnuck, octobre 2014.

2000

Tradition

• Knockout stuff that’s still youthful in color and with plenty of life. Loaded with kirsch, sassafras, garrigue and sweet spice, it’s full-bodied, textured, rich and long. My notes finish with « wish I had a case. »
Jeb Dunnuck, octobre 2014.

Chaupin

• Still deep ruby/purple, it has classic kirsch liqueur, sappy herbs, white pepper and licorice to go with a full-bodied, beautifully textured profile on the palate that carries awesome fruit, notable freshness and plenty of length. Drink it through 2020.
Jeb Dunnuck, octobre 2014.

Vieilles Vignes

• Chocolate-laced fruits, cured meats, spice, crushed rock and sweet spice all show from this perfumed, up-front, sweetly fruited Châteauneuf, and it still has a core of concentrated fruit and solid tannin structure. I see no reason to hold off, but it too will thrill over the coming 3-5 years.
Jeb Dunnuck, octobre 2014.

1999

Chaupin

• Has a fresh, lively feel with plenty of violets, mint and floral qualities to go with exotic spices, fruit cake and mature fruit. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, it’s drinking spectacularly, but will continue to evolve gracefully going forward.
Jeb Dunnuck, octobre 2014.

Vieilles Vignes

• Full-bodied and concentrated, yet shows the focused, fresh style of the vintage. Smoked earth, tobacco, spice and kirsch and blackberry-styled fruits are present in spades, and it opens up in the glass, showing some maturity, yet enough depth and richness to continue to hold for another 4-5 years.
Jeb Dunnuck, octobre 2014.

1998

Chaupin

• A smoking effort that’s still drinking beautifully (I still remember tasting this wine shortly after release and it has never failed to impress) ! Full-bodied, voluptuously-styled, layered and decadent, it possesses mature Châteauneuf aromas and flavors of garrigue, fruit cake, soy, licorice and spice to go with a core ripe fruit. This beauty is at full maturity, but will continue to evolve gracefully. Nevertheless, I don’t see any upside here and would drink up.
Jeb Dunnuck, octobre 2014.

Vieilles Vignes

• Boasts loads of spiced fruit, truffle, spice and hints of garrigue to go with a full-bodied, hedonistic style. I love it, would plan on drinking bottles over the coming couple of years while it still possess its core of sweet fruit.
Jeb Dunnuck, octobre 2014.

1995

Tradition

• No doubt an outstanding wine, yet I suspect it was better a few years ago. Exhibiting plenty of sweet kirsch, licorice, olive tapenade and Asian spice, it is medium-bodied, elegant, and balanced, with a mature, evolved feel. Drink it over the coming couple of years.
Jeb Dunnuck, octobre 2014.

Chaupin

• Gives up ripe aromas and flavors of chocolate, fruit cake, spice and assorted darker-styled fruit to go with a full-bodied, supple, layered, yet completely resolved feel on the palate. There’s a rocking core of sweet fruit here, but it needs to be consumed over the coming couple of years.
Jeb Dunnuck, octobre 2014.

Vieilles Vignes

• A complete, full-bodied, layered and balanced wine that’s drinking beautifully. Giving up loads of chocolate-laced dark fruit, cured meats, spice and sweet garrigue, it’s fully mature, yet has the concentration and depth to continue drinking nicely for 3-5 years.
Jeb Dunnuck, octobre 2014.

1990

Tradition

• Fully mature and evolved, with plenty of truffle, tobacco leaf and cigar to go with a medium-bodied, beautifully textured profile on the palate. Downright sexy, I’d drink bottles ASAP, but I suspect it will continue to evolve gracefully.
Jeb Dunnuck, octobre 2014.

Chaupin

• Sports a ruby/amber color to go with mature cherry, currants, licorice and olive-like aromas and flavors. Rich, full-bodied and layered, it opens up nicely in the glass and is a beautifully mature effort to drink over the coming couple of years.
Jeb Dunnuck, octobre 2014.

Vieilles Vignes

• Full-bodied and still layered and concentrated, gives up plenty of sweet fruit, olive, mint, tobacco and cured meats in its textured, ripe and fully mature profile. As with all three of these 1990s, it offers plenty of pleasure, but is evolved and should be consumed.
Jeb Dunnuck, octobre 2014.