Clos Du Mont Olivet

The wines of this estate, which traces its history back to 1547, are among the finest of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Run by the esteemed Sabon family, Clos du Mont-Olivet is made in a traditional style: partial destemming of grapes, crushing and fermenting in concrete vats, and aging in large foudres.

Making wine is a family affair at Clos du Mont Olivet, and the three Sabon brothers -- Jean-Claude, Pierre and Bernard have run the domaine for the last 30 years, with Bernard's son Thierry gradually assuming winemaking duties, starting gradually in 2001. The wines are composed predominantly of Grenache (usually around 80%), with Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault completing the blend. The vines of this estate average over 60 years old.

The 29-hectares of Chateauneuf du Pape that the domaine holds (they also have 17ha of Cotes du Rhone vineyards) is made up of many small parcels, spread throughout the appellation, that vary in size between 21 ares and 3 hectares. Montalivet is a walled vineyard to the east that surrounds the domaine and features the Sabons' oldest vines. Since 1990, these grapes have formed the basis for the deluxe "Cuvée Papet" – an amazingly concentrated and complex Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Further north, Le Pied-de-Baud contains "galets roulés," the large oval rocks for which Châteauneuf-du-Pape is well-known. Although the vines here are younger, the spherical stones reflect the intense southern-Rhone sun, thereby ripening the grapes to full maturity. The third primary section of vines, located to the south, is known as Les Gallimades, a plot of smaller stones and gravel with excellent drainage.

Blending wines sourced from these three areas, the Sabons fashion complex Châteauneuf-du-Pape that combines the fruit intensity and alcoholic strength of Grenache with a slight and appealing hint of rusticity. It only makes sense that such a renowned Châteauneuf producer would also make fabulous Cotes-du-Rhone, which indeed they do; year after year, these are among the best Cotes-du-Rhone values to be found.

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Clos du Mont Olivet Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016
93  Vinous Media 
Wine Spectator 93 "Solid, with a ripe core of raspberry and plum pâte de fruit flavors that sparkles with detailed anise, apple wood and sweet tobacco notes. Has weight and depth, but the acidity is fresh, allowing this to stretch out through the finish. Best from 2019 through 2030. 900 cases made.

Clos Mont Olivet 'Cuvee Papet' Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016
100  Jeb Dunnuck 
Jeb Dunnuck 100 "Another best to date, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Cuvée du Papet from Thierry Sabon is pure perfection in a glass. More powerful than the classic cuvée, with killer black raspberries, crushed rocks, garrigue, salty minerality, and iodine, it's deep, full-bodied, concentrated,

Clos du Mont Olivet Blanc Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016
Tasting Notes Lovely from the get-go, with bright quinine, honeysuckle and white peach flavors that give way to fuller salted butter, yellow apple and green fig notes. A stony underlay on the finish adds length and contrast. Drink now through 2020  The Wine Clairette (40%), Bourboulenc (17%),

Clos du Mont Olivet Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2015
94  James Suckling 
James Suckling 94 "A beautifully crafted wine that has a deeply fragrant rose and red berry nose. The purity of grenache sings brightly. In the mouth it offers a fluid, even-paced and smoothly structured impression. Deceptive power, too. Best from 2020."  Vinous Media 91-93 "Vivid ruby. Heady,

Clos du Mont Olivet Le Petit Mont 2015
92  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 90-92 "Brilliant ruby. Musky cherry pit and ripe red berries on the fragrant nose. Sappy and energetic in the mouth, offering juicy, spice-tinged raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of bitter rhubarb that comes in slowly. Finishes incisive, gently tannic and quite long,

Clos Mont Olivet 'Cuvee Papet' Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2015
96  James Suckling 
James Suckling 96 "This is 70% grenache with the remainder equal parts syrah and mourvèdre. Aromas of ripe raspberry, red plum and cherry, with herbs, pepper and a whole bunch of sappiness, too. The palate has radiant, regal tannins in fine proportion. Super fresh. Best from 2020. Publish Date:

Clos du Mont Olivet Le Petit Mont 2014
92  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 90-92 "Vivid ruby. Spice-accented red berry and cherry aromas are complicated by suggestions of candied flowers, garrigue and smoky minerals. Juicy raspberry and bitter cherry flavors show very good clarity and become sweeter and more lively with air. Offers an appealing blend of power

Clos du Mont Olivet Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2014
93  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 91-93 "Dark ruby. Ripe blackberry, cherry and potpourri aromas are sharpened by a peppery nuance. Fleshy, broad and seamless in texture, offering juicy dark fruit flavors and a hint of candied flowers. Shows impressive depth, breadth and power on the finish, which carries floral tinges

Clos du Mont Olivet Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2013
93  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 91-93 "Dark ruby. Ripe blackberry, cherry and potpourri aromas are sharpened by a peppery nuance. Fleshy, broad and seamless in texture, offering juicy dark fruit flavors and a hint of candied flowers. Shows impressive depth, breadth and power on the finish, which carries floral tinges

Clos du Mont Olivet 'VV' Cotes Du Rhone 2014
91  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 91 "Brilliant ruby. Ripe cherry and dark berries on the powerfully scented nose and in the mouth. Appealingly sweet black raspberry, cherry compote and lavender pastille flavors pick up a hint of succulent herbs with air. Broad and spicy on the gently tannic finish; the floral and

Clos du Mont Olivet Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2013
93  Vinous Media 
Wine Spectator 91 "Features a solid core of kirsch and crushed plum fruit, augmented by red licorice, shiso leaf and singed sandalwood notes. Offers a fine-grained structure, with a light, lingering echo of iron. Best from 2016 through 2022. 4,500 cases made. –JM"  Vinous Media 91-93 "Brilliant

Clos du Mont Olivet Le Petit Mont 2013
89  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 89 "A pure, graceful style, with cherry, blood orange and damson plum fruit gliding along, accented by light, silky tannins. An iron hint gives the finish spine. Drink now through 2019. 1,500 cases made. –JM"  Wine Information: 95% Grenache, 5% Syrah. From mostly younger vines,

Clos du Mont Olivet Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2012
93  Stephen Tanzer 
Stephen Tanzer 91-93 "Deep ruby. Lively aromas of fresh red berries, potpourri and Asian spices, with a hint of blood orange adding an exotic flourish. Smooth, seamless and focused on the palate, offering vibrant, mineral-tinged raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a touch of anise. Supple

Clos Mont Olivet Font Blanche Cotes du Rhone 2012
Stephen Tanzer 90 "(57% grenache and 43% syrah): Bright ruby. Intense black and blue fruit aromas are complicated by olive and black pepper; really showing its syrah component today. Sappy boysenberry and bitter cherry flavors gain sweetness with air and pick up an exotic lavender pastille

Clos Mont Olivet 'Cuvee Papet' Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2012
96  Stephen Tanzer 
Stephen Tanzer 94-96 "Brilliant ruby. Spice- and mineral-accented red fruits and lavender on the intensely perfumed nose. Juicy, focused and pure, with excellent depth to its raspberry and cherry compote flavors. Puts on weight with air without any loss of vibrancy. The mineral element carries

Clos du Mont Olivet Le Petit Mont 2011
90  Stephen Tanzer 
Stephen Tanzer 90 "Bright red. Lively red berry and spice aromas and flavors, with a subtle smoky nuance gaining strength with air. Sappy and precise, with good finishing clarity and lingering tanginess. This wine's light touch reminded me of pinot noir."  Wine Information: 95% Grenache, 5%

Clos du Mont Olivet Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2011
92  Stephen Tanzer 
Wine Advocate 90 "More structured, rich and layered, the 2011 Chateauneuf-du-Pape is a beauty. Loaded with dark cherry, leather, mineral, licorice and roasted herbs, this medium-bodied, seamless and nicely concentrated 2011 has a great texture, solid mid-palate depth and sweet tannin. It can be

Clos du Mont Olivet Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2010
93  Stephen Tanzer 
Robert Parker 90-92 "The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition exhibits a deep ruby/purple color, silky tannins, good acidity, impressive precision as well as aromatic uplift. Similar to, but less evolved than the 2009, with deeper, more concentrated fruit, it should drink well for 10-15 years." 

Clos du Mont Olivet 'Cuvee Papet' Grenache 2010
99  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 99 "Possibly the finest example of the Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee du Papet since Mont Olivet’s unreal 1990, the 2010 is a blend of 75% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah, all aged in foudre. The grapes come from the estate’s oldest vines (50- to 105-years-old), which were planted in

Clos du Mont Olivet Le Petit Mont 2010
91  Stephen Tanzer 
Stephen Tanzer 91 "Bright ruby. Spice-accented red fruits on the nose and palate, with notes of smoky herbs and minerals adding complexity. Juicy and focused, with excellent back-end thrust and supple, harmonious tannins adding shape to a long, sweet finish. Quite suave and surprisingly

Clos du Mont Olivet 'Le Petit Mont' Grenache 2009
92  Stephen Tanzer 
Stephen Tanzer 92 "Vivid ruby-red. Expressive aromas of strawberry, raspberry, pungent herbs and spicecake. Seamless red fruit preserve and rose flavors show a smoky quality and gain weight with air, picking up a note of bitter cherry. Rich but not at all heavy, finishing spicy, focused and

Clos du Mont Olivet 'Cuvee Papet' Grenache 2009
95  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 95 "Needing more patience, the 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee du Papet (75% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre and the balance Syrah aged in foudre) comes from the estates oldest vines planted in such famous sites as Mont Olivet and Bois Dauphin. Usually about 1,000 cases are produced and the

Clos du Mont Olivet Chateauneu Grenache 2009
90  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 90 "The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape kicks up the intensity ever so slightly. It has a darker ruby hue and an elegant nose of black raspberries, sandy, loamy soil notes, roasted Provencal herbs, and hints of pepper and spice in a medium to full-bodied finish. A blend of 80% Grenache and

Clos du Mont Olivet Cuvee Pape Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2007
96  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 96 "The explosive, pedal-to-the-metal, super-duper 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape La Cuvee du Papet has an even darker ruby/purple color, with a glorious intense nose of roast meat and Provencal herbs interwoven with kirsch, black currant, loamy, earthy scents, and some pepper and spice.

Clos du Mont Olivet La Cuvee du Papet CDP 2006
95  International Wine Cellar 
Wine Spectator 93 "Plush and forward, with a dusting of mocha leading the way for plum sauce, blackberry and currant fruit, all followed by coffee and spice notes on the fleshy finish. Starts slowly but puts on weight and depth in the glass, with lovely purity. Drink now through 2023. 875 cases