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A ripe and juicy version, backed with good energy, this delivers a core of plum, blackberry and fig compote flavors that are accessible already, though the tarry spine and mulling spice–, black tea– and licorice-filled finish is packed enough, so there's no rush. Offers gorgeous mouthfeel. Grenache and Mourvèdre. Drinking range: 2021 - 2038 Rating: 95 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator (Nov 2021)
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The 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Prestige (80% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre) offers a more savory, spicy, Mourvèdre-dominated style in its savory red and darker fruits as well as spiced meat, leather, and loamy earth-like aromas and flavors. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and structured, it's going to benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and cruise for 10-15 years. Drinking range: 2023 - 2039 Rating: 93 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com (Nov 2021)
An 80/20 split of Grenache and Mourvèdre brought up in demi-muids and older barrels, the 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Prestige offers more ripe red and black fruits, peppery garrigue, orange peel, and loamy soil notes. It’s another ripe, sexy wine from this estate that has beautiful purity, full-bodied richness, ripe tannins, and a great finish. Rating: 92-94 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com (Jun 2020)
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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