In the early 20th century, Seraphin Sabon married Marie Jausset,
daughter of Romain and Marie-Angelie Brunel. Born in Serignan of
Comtat, north of Orange in the Vaucluse, Seraphin took on and
expanded his wife’s family business – which dated back to 1560.
Marie had three sons, Roger being one of them.
In 1952, Roger went on to found a Domaine in the Châteauneuf-duPape appellation. By 1973, Roger expanded the business by investing
with his sons, Jean-Jacques, Denis & Gilbert.
Today it is, still, very much a family-run operation. Since 2001, Jean
Jacques’s son-in-law, Didier Négron, has been in charge of vinification
at the Domaine. Denis and his son, Julien, tend the fields. Delphine,
Denis’s daughter, can often be found at the reception desk.
The wines of the Domaine are the fruit of an intimate dialogue between
the winemaker and each portion of the land. Didier and Jean-Jacques
maintain the old traditions and alchemy of the wine cellar revealing the
secrets and subtle potentialities of the vines. Their winemaking involves
a century-old savoir-faire that preserves and expresses the different
aromatic nuances of each variety of grape.
"An absolutely profound offering, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Prestige requires 5-6 years of cellaring given its massive concentration and tannic structure. The wine was relatively closed the day I tasted it, but it did display an inky/purple color along with hints of camphor, graphite, creme de cassis, kirsch, licorice and espresso beans. Full-bodied and moderately tannic with gorgeous freshness, glycerin and a skyscraper-like texture, this superb cuvee should be at its finest between 2018-2030+." -Rated 96, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate