CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE
2017 Tradition Domaine Jean Royer
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All three of the 2017s showed well. The 2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape has classic sweet red fruits, spice, and floral notes, and it’s medium to full-bodied, silky and elegant. The blend is 90% Grenache and 5% each of Cinsault and Syrah. Rating: 90-92 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com (Aug 2019)
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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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