CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE
2016 Tradition Domaine Jean Royer
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85% Grenache, 5% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre, with 5% Cinsault from La Crau. Deep colour. Both rich and restrained, a subtle dry fruit with a truffly, garrigue element. Wild berries and summer hedgerow. Fresh and amazingly long. As Jean-Marie says, he is always looking for a drinkable balance, and that is here in spades. Drinking range: 2018 - 2035 L&S (Jan 2018)
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Deep ruby/purple-colored, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape checks in as a mix of 90% Grenache and 5% each of Syrah and Cinsault, aged in a mix of barrels, demi-muids and stainless steel. Kirsch, blackberries, ground pepper, and some loamy, earthy notes all emerge from this powerful yet elegant Grenache that has tons of exuberance and personality. It might be too much for some, but it’s a beautiful expression of Grenache. Rating: 93 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com(Aug 2018)
Brilliant red. Vibrant, mineral-accented cherry and raspberry aromas are complemented by suggestions of candied lavender and allspice. Juicy, focused and appealingly sweet, offering intense red and dark berry and spicecake flavors that deepen slowly on the back half. In a fairly rich style for this bottling, but there's no lack of energy here. Fine-grained tannins lend shape to the finish, which hangs on with strong, red-fruit-driven tenacity. Rating: 91-93 Josh Raynolds, www.vinousmedia.com(Jul 2018)
Notes of pepper, garrigue, and black and blue fruits emerge from the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape and it has a classic, yet undeniably sexy style. This impressive barrel sample has solid concentration, beautiful purity and sweet, yet present tannin, all suggesting it's going to age gracefully. Rating: 90-92 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com(Oct 2017)
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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