- Dom Jean Royer Chateauneuf Du Pape Tradition 2014 Product #31413 (In Stock)
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
- Dom Jean Royer Chateauneuf Du Pape Sables De La Crau 2013 Product #30205 (In Stock)
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. There must be a typo at Wine Advocate (91 points? Really?), as this is already absolutely compelling and will gain explosiveness over the next couple of years. Just 3 cases available.
"Sexy, mineral-tinged raspberry and floral pastille aromas show outstanding clarity and pick up a pungent suggestion of garrigue with air. Spicy, penetrating and energetic on the palate, offering juicy red berry, cherry liqueur and lavender flavors that deepen and spread out on the back half. The mineral and floral notes resonate emphatically on the persistent finish, which is firmed by sneaky, fine-grained tannins." Vinous (Reynolds) 92-94 points
"The 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape les Sables de la Crau is a stunner in the vintage. Ultra-pure, elegant, sweetly fruited and a sexy as they come, it delivers loads of strawberry, rose petal, framboise and spice on the nose. My only complaint is that it’s slightly straightforward, but it delivers more pleasure than most in this vintage and just begs to be drunk! Enjoy this beauty anytime over the coming 7-8 years."Wine Advocate 91 points