|Village||Châteauneuf du Pape|
85% Grenache and 15% Mourvèdre. Richer than the Tradition, with a suave supple feel. Denser fruit and more body. Cool and fresh despite this evident weight. Excellent again. Drinking range: 2020 - 2033 L&S (Jan 2018)
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The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Prestige is the only wine to include significant portions of Mourvèdre (85% Grenache and 15% Mourvèdre), partially destemmed and aged in a mix of demi-muids, barrels, and concrete tanks. It has a darker, slightly more reserved bouquet of blackberries, peppery herbs, graphite, and scorched earth. It's rich, powerful, concentrated and textured, yet also beautifully balanced and pure, with fine tannin. Give bottles a year or three, and it's going to cruise for a decade. Rating: 93+ Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com(Aug 2018)
Deep vivid red. A complex and expansive bouquet evokes ripe red fruits, exotic spices, candied flowers and garrigue, and a smoky mineral topnote provides definition. Sappy and concentrated yet light on its feet, offering intense, appealingly sweet raspberry, spicecake and lavender flavors and a touch of sassafras, which adds earthy depth. Shows outstanding clarity and red fruit thrust on the extremely long finish, which is framed by supple, slow-building tannins. Rating: 94-96 Josh Raynolds, www.vinousmedia.com(Jul 2018)
The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Prestige is also blockbuster stuff. Made from 85% Grenache and 15% Mourvèdre, it's concentrated, ripe, full-bodied and structured, with terrific notes of black fruits, pepper, and crushed rock-like minerality. It's another ripe, yet balanced, layered and incredibly drinkable red from proprietor Jean-Marie Royer. Rating: 92-94 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com(Feb 2018)
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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