Delicious Chateauneuf du Pape for Thanksgiving and Beyond!

Here’s my take on the just-arrived 2015 Chateauneuf du Papes of Dom Jean Royer:  This is the best vintage I’ve ever tasted from what has become my hands-down favorite line-up of sub-$100 Chateauneuf du Papes.  Every one of these wines is just so damn delicious that I can’t imagine who isn’t going to love them – especially at what are simply silly low prices. 

Hard-core Southern Rhone fans will be thrilled by the richness, intensity, power and complexity you’ll find here.  And even if you’re normally more of a big, rich, Pinot fan, give these wines a look.  Great for Thanksgiving and years to come!

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Dom Jean Royer Chateauneuf Du Pape Prestige 2015 Product #32230 (In Stock)
Dom Jean Royer Chateauneuf Du Pape Prestige 2015 Dom Jean Royer Chateauneuf Du Pape Prestige 2015

Jean-Marie’s old-vines cuvee is mainly (80%) Grenache from 100 year-old vines with a bold slug of Mourvedre for meaty complexity.  This is the best release of Prestige yet and one of the finest wines Jean-Marie Royer has ever made.  Imagine a thoroughbred racehorse, quivering to explode, being held back by a tight grip on the reins and you’ll get a sense for what’s going on here.  Astonishing precision and focus and restraint married to old-vine intensity to enjoy now with a decant or over the next 20 years.

“80% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre. Partial whole-bunch fermentation in stainless steel and concrete tanks. Aged in demi-muids and in stainless-steel vats. Tasted blind. Mid garnet. Neat, well-integrated and balanced nose. Very sweet start and very nicely balanced. Sweet but not sickly Grenache that is fully ripe and well counterbalanced by fine tannins and just enough acidity.” 17.5/20 points

"Brilliant red. Expansive, mineral-tinged red berry, floral pastille and Asian spice aromas, along with hints of succulent herbs and incense. Appealingly sweet and seamless in texture, offering energetic raspberry, boysenberry and lavender pastille flavors that show outstanding clarity and lift. Fine-grained tannins provide frame and grip to the nervy, focused finish, which lingers with wonderful persistence and repeating florality. This remarkable wine should drink well through a long, steady aging curve thanks to its harmonious blend of fruit, acidity and tannins."  Vinous (Raynolds) 94-96 points

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Dom Jean Royer Chateauneuf Du Pape Tradition 2015 Product #32231 (In Stock)
Dom Jean Royer Chateauneuf Du Pape Tradition 2015 Dom Jean Royer Chateauneuf Du Pape Tradition 2015

We love, love, LOVE, this wine – the rare Grenache-based blend that will satisfy the biggest Chateauneuf fan and folks who love fine Pinot Noir, too.  It’s hard to believe how much freshness and precision Jean-Marie captured here in a wine that still screams “Chateauneuf” in terms of heft and ripeness.  How did he get so much power AND silkiness in one wine?  Perhaps it’s the 5% Cinsault.  Jean-Marie think’s it’s the secret ingredient to this stunning wine, adding suppleness and freshness to the final blend.  I’m sure you can cellar this through 2025, but I’ve never had a case of this wine last more than 18 months in my cellar.  Sexy, pure, and pretty much irresistible.

"Deep red. A perfumed bouquet evokes fresh red berries, peppery spices and smoky minerals, plus a hint of lavender that builds in the glass. Vibrant raspberry and floral pastille flavors deepen and expand with air while maintaining vivacity. Silky tannins meld smoothly with the juicy fruit on the long, penetrating, racy finish, which repeats the floral note."  Vinous (Raynolds) 91-93 points

"Starting with the barrel sample and mostly Grenache, blended with 5% each of Cinsault and Syrah, the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape should be a smoking value. Full-bodied, hedonistic and even voluptuous, this beauty gives up terrific notes of strawberries, kirsch, Provençal herbs and lots of sandy/loamy soils aromas and flavors. It should drink nicely right out of the gate, yet also evolve nicely."Wine Advocate 90-93 points

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