LE PETIT ROY

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2014 Domaine Jean Royer

Grapes Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre
Colour Red
Origin France, Vin de France
ABV 14.5%

Made by a Châteaneuf-du-Pape producer from a mix of young CNDP vines, and others in Côtes du Rhone or just unclassified, it is sold sold as a 'Vin de France'. Bright and juicy, it has enough weight to be properly satisfying - a brilliant drink cool in the summer if the weather is hot or at 'top of the cellar steps' temperature with mild game in the autumn and winter.

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Jean-Marie Royer inherited his vines in 1985, and set about improving the grape varietal mix and the vinification from then. Since more than half of the domaine is in unclassified ('Vin de Table') or 'Côtes du Rhône, he has developed a marque 'Le Petit Roy' sold as Vin de Table' for everything that does not make it into the Châteaneuf cuvées. The Petit Roy has been a big hit in the shops. His Châteauneufs are just gorgeous, and in the context of some of the Parkerised dottiness going on, offer refreshingly fantastic value for money. He has undoubtedly been much helped his close friend the star oenologist Philippe Cambié, who he went to school with and also played rugby with for many years. Cambié is more famous for a full-on rather extracted style, but Jean-Marie has imposed his own, fresher, brighter style on all his wines which are crunchy and well-defined.

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