CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE

2019 Tradition Domaine Jean Royer

Grapes Grenache, Syrah
Colour Red
Origin France, Rhône
District Southern Rhône
Village Châteauneuf du Pape
ABV 16%

Sleek and fresh, with cassis and plum puree notes that shimmer prettily as they race through, lined with light lavender, dried anise and singed alder hints along the way. Showing nice range, this is approachable already, though there's no rush. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. Drinking range: 2021 - 2034 Rating: 93 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator (Nov 2021)


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I love the classic 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape from Jean-Marie and this Grenache dominated cuvée comes from the Le Bois de la Ville and la Crau lieux-dits and was only partially destemmed and brought up in 90% stainless steel and 10% demi-muids. Rocking notes of black raspberries, toasted spices, pepper, and loads of garrigue goodness all flow to a full-bodied, seamless, elegant Grenache that has silky tannins and tons of upfront charm. It’s going to put a smile on your face anytime over the coming decade or so. Drinking range: 2020 - 2030 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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