LE PETIT ROY
2017 Domaine Jean Royer
|Grapes||Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah|
|Origin||France, Vin de France|
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 - 2023 L&S (Jul 2018)
*Case price: Mix any 12 bottles of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.
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.
Isn't everybody drinking Malbec these days? Everyone likes a nice Malbec, it seems. But, isn't it getting just a shade repetitive? So, what do you do? You want all the deep, dark fruit of the Malbec, all the instant appeal of the Malbec, all the oomph of the Malbec, all the...well...Malbec-iness of the Malbec, what happens if you want all that without it actually being a Malbec? Help is at hand, folks, tuck into this case of not-Malbecs and get all Malbecky without getting all Malbecky. If you see what I mean.
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