CHÂTEAUNEUF DU PAPE
2020 Prestige Domaine Jean Royer
|Châteauneuf du Pape
The 2020 Châteauneuf Du Pape Prestige is an 80/20 split of Grenache and Mourvedre. It has a rocking bouquet of ripe black raspberry and cherry liqueur fruit as well as ground pepper, sappy flowers, sandalwood, and loamy earth. Medium to full-bodied, ripe, and textured, with beautiful overall balance, it's another finesse-driven beauty from this estate that's going to put a smile on your face any time over the coming 10-12 years or more. Drinking range: 2022 - 2034 Rating: 94 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com (Nov 2022)
*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles of wine (or 9 litre equivalent) or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified (4.5 litres) to get the discounted 'case price' for each bottle.
More kirsch, blackberries, ground pepper, new leather, and assorted spicy notes all emerge from the 2020 Châteauneuf Du Pape Prestige, which is, as always, all Grenache. It's a touch richer and sexier than the classic cuvée, with perhaps a touch more mid-palate. Both wines are beautiful. Rating: 92-94 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com (Nov 2021)
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 always been a big hit in the shops ever since first joining our list.
His Châteauneufs are just gorgeous and offer refreshingly fantastic value for money. He has undoubtedly been much helped his close friend, the late star oenologist Philippe Cambié, who he went to school with and also played rugby with for many years. Cambié was more famous for a full-on rather extracted style, but Jean-Marie imposed his own, fresher, brighter style on all his wines which are crunchy and well-defined, helping cement these elegant expressions of Grenache as some of the finest from Châteauneuf.
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