CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE
2014 Prestige Domaine Jean Royer
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Vivid ruby. Expansive, mineral-accented red berry liqueur and floral pastille scents are complicated by suggestions of potpourri and star anise. Juicy, focused and pure, displaying excellent focus and verve to the fresh raspberry and bitter cherry flavors. The mineral element adds cut and precision to a very long, subtly tannic finish that leaves behind allspice and candied red berry notes. Rating: 92-94 Josh Raynolds, www.vinousmedia.com (Apr 2016)
*Case price: Mix any 12 bottles of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.
Tasting like a top flight Pinot Noir (which is a common trait for the wines from this estate), Jean-Marie’s 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Prestige is loaded with notions of sweet kirsch, strawberries and crushed flowers. These give way to a medium to full-bodied, balanced, upfront and Grenache-dominated 2014 that will drink well on release and over the following 7-8 years. Rating: 89-92 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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