Seeing the two tasting notes side by side makes comparison easier. The Sabon is approachable now, the Perrin needs a bit more time; the Sabon leans more towards cinnamon and figs while the Perrin tends towards toasty brioche and spices. Both good wines…..
Domaine Roger Sabon, Chateauneuf du Pape les Olivets, 2005: Deep royal purple, medium- to full-bodied, showing fine balance between spicy and cinnamon-rich wood, soft well-integrating tannins and fruit. On first attack raspberries and red plums, those yielding to notes of figs and finally to notes of vanilla. Long and generous. Drink now-2015. Score 90.
Perrin et Fils, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Les Sinards, 2006: Made from the younger vines of the estate, it might be fair to call this one the baby brother of the Beaucastel Chateauneuf. Dark garnet in color, medium- to full-bodied, with soft, gently mouth-coating tannins parting to reveal a tempting array of blackberries, cassis and citrus peel, those supported nicely by hints of spices and a light note of sugared toasted brioche that comes in comfortably on the finish. Approachable now but best 2010-2016. Score 93.
As other Chateauneuf wines available in Israel at about the same level of quality and pricing, what comes to mind are the following. Keep in mind that the prices might be just a bit dated as those quoted were release prices.
Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes, Chateauneuf du Pape, Rhone, 2005: Medium-ruby towards garnet in color and giving the visual illusion of a light wine that awaits us. An illusion indeed, for this blend of 80% Grenache blended with Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvedre is a monster. But what a beautiful monster this is waiting for our pleasure. Full-bodied, intensely concentrated but superbly well balanced. On opening attack currants, figs and tar, those yielding in the glass to smoked meat and tobacco. Tannins rise on the finish, so drink this one now only if you feel up to tackling the beast. Best 2009-2015, perhaps longer. NIS 180. Score 95.
Domaine de la Mordoree, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, La Reine des Bois, Rhone, 2005:A superb wine from a superb vintage year for the Southern Rhone. Still youthfully dark purple in color, full-bodied and concentrated but showing soft elegance. Opens with blackberry fruits and spices, those opening to reveal blackcurrants and Oriental spices and finally, on the long finish blackberry jam. Approachable and enjoyable now but best from 2010-2016. NIS 300. Score 93.
Chapoutier, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, La Bernadine, 2005: Dark cherry towards garnet red, medium- to full-bodied, with firm tannins integrating nicely but needing more time. Intense and concentrated, showing a generous array of cassis, blackberry, cherry and chocolate aromas and flavors, those supported by hints of smoky herbs and oak. Long and complex. Approachable now but best 2009-2014. NIS 180. Score 91.