The 2017 ‘Prestige’ is an absolutely sensational showing from Roger Sabon in this vintage and looks to be notch ahead of the ‘Reserve’ bottling in terms of quality. This instantly grabs your attention with its dark inly presence, followed by seductive and remarkably complex aromatics of ripe black raspberries, black cherries, exotic spices, scorched earth, herbs, violets, dark chocolate, pepper and mineral characteristics that all emerge from the glass. On the palate this is just as impressive, boasting a gorgeous full-body that is beautifully polished, with incredible depth and concentration. It goes on to deliver layer upon layer of delicious ripe fruit flavors while it remains impeccably balanced through the long, supple finish. Composed of 70% Grenache 20% Syrah, and 10% Mourvèdre this outstanding Châteauneuf-du-Pape delivers on all levels and is already simply stunning today. This is another spectacular wine from Roger Sabon and readers will certainly be hard pressed to find a better value in 2017.