Heady, concentrated, sweet and long, the Châteauneuf-du-Pape from the Sabon family is remarkably intricate and refined. "La Cuvee du Papet," named for Joseph Sabon, Sr., (papet means "Grandpa") is a selection of the finest lots in the cellar, and is acknowledged by many to be one of the most age-worthy, fascinating wines produced in the appellation.
"Ruby-red. Intensely perfumed, floral-dominated bouquet of red and dark berries, kirsch, rose and incense; if the '05 smells like Chambolle, this one is more Vosne-Romanee. Velvety flavors of raspberry and blackberry betray no rough edges, and offer a deep, sweet personality. Leaves a wake of floral pastille and dark berry liqueur on the extremely long finish. This seems to have more oomph than the '05, if not the same element of finesse today."
International Wine Cellar