|Grapes||Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah|
|Origin||France, Vin de France|
This rather lovely label hides a wine which combines unclassified fruit from Jean Royer’s own Côtes du Rhône vineyards as well as a small percentage of grapes hailing from the young vines in his Châteauneuf du Pape properties, too. I am sure that you can imagine the muscle and gait of this vinous thoroughbred and it rewards the palate with sleek blueberry freshness and juicy plum fruit. Insanely well-priced, this is not a wine to rush into; while it looks superb already, it will hold well for a few years, too. Matthew Jukes, Moneyweek (Jan 2019)
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Unclassified fruit from Jean Royer's Côtes du Rhône Vineyards and a percentage of fruit from the young vines in his Châteauneuf du Pape vineyards. All in all, a breathtakingly good wine for the money, plenty of grunt and power, with rich wood-land fruit and spice, mouth-filling and satisfying in equal measure. Drinking range: 2018 - 2023L&S(Jul 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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