Clos du Mont Olivet 2012, Chateauneuf du Pape, France
Deep red. Complex, blackberry and bitter cherry flavours are lifted by tangy acidity and show a suave floral nuance. Juicy and long finish, with very good clarity and lingering spiciness. £26.50
Blend - 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 6% Mourvedre.
Producer - While the Sabon family can trace their roots in the Rhone Valley all the way back to 1547, the formation of Clos du Mont Olivet dates back to 1932. At the time, like many producers in Chateauneuf du Pape, the Sabon’s sold their harvest in bulk to negociants. The vineyard took its name from the pronunciation of a lieux-dit, where many of their vines are planted in, Montalivet. Clos du Mont Olivet remains another family affair in the Rhone Valley. Today, the estate is managed by 4 siblings, Thierry Sabon, David Sabon, Celine Sabon and Mylene Sabon. They took over from Pierre Sabon, Jean Claude Sabon and Bernard Sabon. They are the children and grandchildren of Joseph Sabon.
Alcohol Percentage - 15%