Reviews & Scores
Moving to the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Réserve, this cuvée is a blend of 80% Grenache as well but has 10% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre. Slightly deeper ruby/purple, it has a more serious bouquet of ripe red and black fruits, ground pepper, gamy meats, and plenty of Provençal garrigue. Also medium to full-bodied, it has slightly more depth and richness, building yet soft tannins, solid mid-palate depth, and a great finish. It’s drinking well already, but certainly will evolve nicely for 10-12 years, if not longer.
The floral and garrigue nuances in the 2018 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve are off-the-charts gorgeous, backed by concentrated black cherries and hints of dark chocolate. Full-bodied and intense, concentrated yet elegant, this is a terrific effort that should drink well for a decade. Soft, silky tannins wash over the tongue on the long-lasting finish, lending a certain gravitas to the overall experience and reinforcing that impression of longevity. This benchmark estate continues to tick right along under the stewardship of winemaker Didier Négron, producing Grenache-based cuvées that manage to combine opulence and ripeness with a surprising degree of elegance. The 2018 Le Secret de Sabon is one of the wines of the vintage.
A little touch of black cherry and blackberry jam to the fresh fruits here. This has a good sense of intensity and concentration with good tannic structure and freshness and gently warming alcohol. It needs some time to come together, but it's a very well-crafted wine. It has that Châteauneuf class. Drinking Window 2022 - 2028.