CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE
2014 Les Sables de la Crau Domaine Jean Royer
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Brilliant ruby-red. Deep-pitched aromas of red fruit preserves, cola, incense and Asian spices gain vivacity from a smoky mineral element. Stains the palate with intense raspberry and cherry compote flavors that spread out slowly with air while picking up a sweet floral pastille nuance. Sappy and pliant on the finish, which hangs on with noteworthy tenacity and building spiciness. Rating: 92-94 Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Apr 2016)
*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles (or 9l equivalent) of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.
Similar to the Prestige cuvée, with more depth and richness, the 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape les Sables de la Crau knocks it out of the park with its gorgeous aromas of cassis, wild strawberries, kirsch, licorice and crushed flowers. Medium-bodied, elegant and seamless with fine tannin, it has solid Provençal charm and is all about purity and elegance. Rating: 90-92 Jeb Dunnuck - www.robertparker.com(Oct 2015)
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 Châteauneuf 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 by 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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