A brilliant effort - Lowest Price: 2012 Sabon Chateauneuf-du-Pape Secret des Sabon Mags

Posted by Ian McFadden

"A brilliant effort" - Lowest Price
2012 Sabon Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Le Secret des Sabon Magnums

We're choosy about our Châteauneuf, especially in the warm months. But this was just too good to pass up.

Sabon's Secret des Sabon is one of the great wines of Châteauneuf. Across the board, quality at Sabon is very high. We've offered their wines many times in the past. Secret des Sabon represents the magnum opus.

With all that said, the headliner here is the pricing.

2012 is a vintage that Southern Rhône fans should be very excited about. It's all there - depth, substance and verve.

When it comes to the 2012 Secret des Sabon, intensity is the key word. It's explosively complex. There's a gripping mélange of Provençal herbs, cassis and smoke all wrapped around a firm and vibrant structure. The finish is thunderingly complicated.

The Sabons are one of the grand families of the Southern Rhône - father Seraphin Sabon was already domaine-bottling his wines in the 1920s! Roger Sabon founded his eponymous domaine in the 1950s and while the stable has always been very strong, the wines have become especially impressive in the past 10-15 years. Their Secret des Sabon has catapulted to the top echelon of Châteauneuf.

This is an outrageous deal. The parcel that I have is pretty small. I highly doubt that I'll find another priced this well.

To order, reply to offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

Jeb Dunnuk, The Wine Advocate: "The top wine of the estate is the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape le Secret de Sabon, and the inky-colored 2012 is a brilliant effort. I don’t think it hits the heights of the 2010, 2007 or 2001, but it’s still a singular expression of Grenache that could come from nowhere else, and is distinctly different from the three prior Châteauneufs. Possessing a sweet nose of ripe raspberries, kirsch, garrigue and licorice, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness, tons of glycerol and texture, sweet tannin and moderate acidity. It’s already approachable, yet I suspect will improve with another handful of years in the cellar and drink well through 2027 at a minimum."