CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE
2015 Prestige Domaine Jean Royer
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Far and away Royer's best wine this year is the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Prestige, which seems to finally pull together all of the ideas he's been playing with (or maybe it discards them?). The blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre spent time in demi-muids and stainless steel and found harmony, developing lots of wonderfully silky, supple tannins that linger easily on the fruit-and-spice-laden finish. Terrific. Drinking range: 2017 - 2030 Rating: 95 Joe Czerwinski, www.robertparker.com (Oct 2017)
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Brilliant red. Expansive, mineral-tinged red berry, floral pastille and Asian spice aromas, along with hints of succulent herbs and incense. Appealingly sweet and seamless in texture, offering energetic raspberry, boysenberry and lavender pastille flavors that show outstanding clarity and lift. Fine-grained tannins provide frame and grip to the nervy, focused finish, which lingers with wonderful persistence and repeating florality. This remarkable wine should drink well through a long, steady aging curve thanks to its harmonious blend of fruit, acidity and tannins. Rating: 94-96 Josh Raynolds, www.vinousmedia.com(Mar 2017)
Incorporating 20% Mourvèdre, the Grenache-dominated 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Prestige is the most concentrated in the line-up, showing lots of black raspberries, cassis, ground herb and melted licorice-like aromas and flavors. It has beautiful mid-palate depth, fine tannin and a big, heady finish. It’s another terrific-looking barrel sample from Jean Marie. Rating: 91-93 Jeb Dunnuck - www.robertparker.com(Oct 2016)
Le Bois de la Ville, Les Grandes Serres. 80% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre. Partial whole-bunch fermentation in stainless steel and concrete tanks. Aged in demi-muids and in stainless-steel vats. pH 3.5, TA 3.5 g/l. Tasted blind. Mid garnet. Neat, well-integrated and balanced nose. Very sweet start and very nicely balanced. Sweet but not sickly Grenache that is fully ripe and well counterbalanced by fine tannins and just enough acidity. Drinking range: 2024 - 2033 Rating: 17.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Oct 2016)
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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