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Dom Jean Royer Le Petit Roy 15eme Product #31415 (In Stock)
Dom Jean Royer Le Petit Roy 15eme Dom Jean Royer Le Petit Roy 15eme

Our second shot at Jean-Marie Royer’s everyday wine shows why waiting a bit can be a virtue even for “little” wines!  Because as impressive as this was last Fall, the 2015 edition of Petit Roy is simply stunning right now.  For this wine, Jean-Marie blends fruit from a small plot just outside the Chateauneuf boundaries and a family vineyard inside the boundaries that doesn’t qualify for the CdP AOC because it has too much clay.  Then – the secret sauce – he adds a bit of “real” Chateauneuf du Pape juice that didn’t get into the main wines.  Because the rules forbid declassifying CdP to Cotes du Rhone, this is legally just “table wine” and cannot carry any indication of area of origin or vintage (although, as you can see, he cheats a bit there).

In 2015, La Petit Roy isn’t very “Petit.”  In fact, it’s a pretty big and burly thing with deep base notes of black raspberry and roasted strawberry plus lively accents of crushed herb, lavender, black pepper and spice.  The grapes are mainly Grenache with seasoning splashes of Syrah (for depth) and Alicante (for herbal complexity and color).  Very Provençal and pretty enough to serve at a party but with more than enough heft to pair with leftover leg of lamb.  It’s wide open and ready to love today but will still be pumping out joy in 2020. Fantastic value for a “baby CdP.”

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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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Dom Jean Royer Chateauneuf Du Pape Tradition 2014 Product #31413 (In Stock)
Dom Jean Royer Chateauneuf Du Pape Tradition 2014 Dom Jean Royer Chateauneuf Du Pape Tradition 2014

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.  I’m sure you can cellar this through 2024, but I’ve never had a case of this wine last more than 18 months in my cellar (and needed 2cs of the ’13).  Sexy, pure, and pretty much irresistible.

"Vibrant, spice- and mineral-tinged red fruits and potpourri on the seductively perfumed nose. Silky and seamless in texture, showing impressive lift and clarity to the raspberry, spicecake and lavender pastille flavors. Gentle tannins build slowly on the finish, which lingers with persistent notes of candied flowers and Asian spices. This elegant, distinctly pure Châteauneuf should drink very nicely soon after release."  Vinous (Raynolds) 91-93 points

"The classic 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape is straight up outstanding, possessing medium-bodied richness, and a core of sweet fruit and classic notes of strawberries, dusty spice, dried herbs and licorice. It’s not going to make old bones, but it will dish out ample pleasure over the coming 7-8 years."Wine Advocate 90 points

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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.”  JancisRobinson.com 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 Sables De La Crau 2015 Product #32232 (In Stock)
Dom Jean Royer Chateauneuf Du Pape Sables De La Crau 2015 Dom Jean Royer Chateauneuf Du Pape Sables De La Crau 2015

From one of Chateauneuf’s greatest vineyards, La Crau (think Vieux Telegraphe) and a plot abutting Rayas.  All Grenache that showcases how sandy soils helps that heady varietal gain grace, focus, and precision.  In 2015 this is especially pretty, with layers of sweet Grenache fruit, crushed flowers, and spice.  Unusually open and ready to drink, this year’s Sables de la Crau will still improve substantially over the next 2-3 years and sing through 2030 easily.

"Vivid ruby-red. Intense, sharply focused red fruit liqueur, spicecake and floral scents are complicated by suggestions of smoky minerals and Asian spices. Sappy, penetrating and appealingly sweet, offering silky raspberry and lavender pastille flavors that put on weight and spread out steadily with air. Closes smooth, sweet and impressively long, displaying suave, fine-grained tannins and resonating florality."  Vinous (Raynolds) 92-94 points

"Floral and finesse-driven, the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Les Sables de La Crau is 100% Grenache from the sandy parts of the la Crau lieu-dit. It too is full-bodied, silky and polished, with terrific notes of strawberries, licorice, cherry jam and mint."Wine Advocate 91-93 points

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