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Bulletin Detail
Date January 21, 2018 
Title Domaine Roger Sabon Update 
Bulletin Arthur Sellers

Dear Arthur’s Cellar Wine Club Member:

The 2016 Rhône and Lirac By Roger Sabon and the white 2016 Châteauneuf du Pape ‘Renaissance’ sold out very quickly but there are still some intriguing red Châteauneuf du Pape available via ‘’ including some scarce magnums (If you would like me to order for you, I’ll be pleased to do so):

2015 Châteauneuf du Pape ‘Les Olivets’ – 14.5% Alc./Vol.
750 ml  $48.75/$292.50 for 6 
LCBO Product No.: 750 ml - 466267
Magnums $107.60/$322.80 for 3
LCBO Product No.: Magnums - 466275

750 ml :
Magnum :
Les Olivets’ comes from an 8.5 hectare plot of vines averaging 45 to 65 years of age. It is made from 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Cinsault and is aged in oak foudres for six to eight months.

“The 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Les Olivets is made from 80% Grenache and 10% each of Syrah and Cinsault (vines averaging 45 to 65 years of age), aged in foudre, concrete tanks and tronconique tanks, its deep ruby/purple color is followed by a medium to full-bodied, textured red that has lots of red black fruits, roasted garrigue and hints of meatiness, sweet tannin and outstanding length. This is a great vintage for this cuvée that should drink well through 2025.” (90 – 92/100) Jeb Dunnuck, ‘The Wine Advocate’ October, 2017

2015 Châteauneuf du Pape ‘Réserve’ – 14.5% Alc./Vol. 
750 ml $57.95/$347.70 for 6
LCBO Product No.: 750 ml - 466283
Magnums $127.90/$383.70 for 3
LCBO Product No.: Magnums - 466291

750 ml :

Magnum :
Made from 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre (with vines averaging sixty-five to eighty years of age), the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Réserve comes from two terroirs: la Crau and la Grenade. It’s aged 60% in foudre and the rest in larger oak tanks. Elegant, medium to full-bodied, with ripe tannic structure, it has lots of scorched earth, darker berry fruits, smoked herbs and licorice aromas and flavors. It’s not a massive wine, but it shines for its purity and length.” (93 – 95/100) Jeb Dunnuck, ‘The Wine Advocate’ October, 2016

I would give this marvellous Châteauneuf a couple of years before broaching and expect it to evolve wonderfully for the next fifteen years or so.

2015 Châteauneuf du Pape ‘Prestige’ – 14.5% Alc./Vol.   1500 ml magnums     LCBO Product No. 466317           $179.05/$537.15 for 3

“The 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Prestige is 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre (all from vines averaging one hundred years of age) and the rest a mix of permitted varieties. It’s easily the largest, richest and most full-bodied of the (Sabon) lineup and has lots of blackberry, plum, peppery herbs and roasted herb characteristics.  Like all of the 2015s here (Sabon), it has serious purity, as well as ripe tannin.” (93 – 95/100) Jeb Dunnuck, ‘The Wine Advocate’ October, 2016

This is a truly magnificent wine that will last for at least a couple of decades.

If you know any fanciers of superb Châteauneuf du Pape from great vintages, we would really appreciate it if you would pass this note on to them.

Many thanks and cheers!

Jim, Hélène and Kate