The Sabon family have roots in the Southern Rhone Valley which predate even those of Beaucastel, although the Domaine, as it is known today, was created in 1952. Over the last 20 years, under the expert guidance of Didier Negron, this tremendous estate has become a benchmark name in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

 

Around 16 hectares of the Sabon’s parcels are scattered across the appellation, with the most prestigious terroir located on the rocky sandy soils of the La Crau plateau. Most of the vineyards are planted with the red varieties, predominantly Grenache, and the average age of the vines is almost 100 years old. Considering this impressive number, it is not surprising that sometimes the yields here can be as low as 10 hectolitres per hectare.

 

The Domaine is currently run by Roger Sabon’s sons, Denis and Gilbert, and stepson, Didier Negron who has been the chief winemaker since 2001. The family makes four types of red wines which are known for their elegance, charm, and style which is often characterised as delicate and refined. Les Olivets, first made in 1955, is their entry-level wine, coming from younger (65-year-old) vines. The Reserve, Prestige, and Le Secret are all produced from an average of 100-year-old vines, with Les Secrets containing a notable 10% of unknown indigenous varieties in its blend. With just around 100 cases produced annually, Les Secrets is undisputedly one of the most sought-after wines of the whole Rhone valley.