I am hugely excited that the great CDP house Roger Sabon is now part of the La Madelene Rhone Wine Holidays network of vignerons that we will be taking our guests to visit this year. Pictured above is principle wine maker there Didier Negron explaining the Sabon wine making philosophy in their cellars..Didier is the son in law of Jean-Jacques Sabon, one of the three sons of Roger Sabon who started the estate in 1952. He trained as an oenologist at Toulouse, and learnt his craft at Rasteau, Le Nerthe and Chateau de la Gardine. The estate is modest in size, 16ha of red, 1ha of white CDP but quality levels are consistently high. At the top end of their range they produce, in good/great vintages the exceptional Le Secret des Sabon, one of the top special cuvees of the appellation. But the estate also has 17ha of CDR and Lirac across the Rhone in the Gard…their simple “Le Plaisir” VDT white wine must be one of the great bargains ever, and supports my theory that if you want great everyday drinking look no further than the Cotes du Rhone or even humbler ranking wines of the great Chateauneuf producers…as often as not you will find a passion for excellence which extends throughout the range.