CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE
2011 Les Sables de la Crau Domaine Jean Royer
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Big and powerful, but not overpoweringly so, there's an elegance to the spicy fragrance of this Grenache-based blend along with intensely flavoured spiced plum and red fruits flavours, subtly rounding oak and the necessary checks and balances of textured tannins and savoury freshness. Rating: 93-93 www.thewinegang.com (Oct 2014)
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Domaine Jean Royer
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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