24 Nov Jean Royer Chateauneufs
Jeb Dunnuck on Domaine Jean Royer:
“Vigneron Jean-Marie Royer pulls from a number of prime terroirs, most consisting of sandy soils. While 2015 was challenging for the sandier parts of the appellation, he’s turned out a bevy of beautiful wines.”
2015 Domaine Jean Royer Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Tradition
On Sale $35.99
Leading off the 2015s from bottle and based on 90% Grenache and 5% each of Syrah and Cinsault, the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a beauty. Kirsch liqueur, toasted spice, dried garrigue and pepper nuances all flow to a ripe, sexy 2015 that’s already drinking beautifully. With fine, supple tannin, solid balance and a great finish, it will keep for a decade.
91 points, Jeb Dunnuck
Also 91-93 Points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous
2015 Domaine Jean Royer Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Sables de La Crau
On Sale $79.99
The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Sables de La Crau is 100% Grenache from the sandy part of the famed La Crau lieu-dit. It offers terrific notes of wild strawberries, currants, dried flowers and spice, full-bodied richness, sweet, polished tannin and a great finish. While this vintage was difficult for the sandy terroirs, this cuvée is impressive!
94 points, Jeb Dunnuck
also 92-94 Points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous
2015 Domaine Jean Royer Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Prestige
On Sale $45.99
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.
94-96 Points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous
Also 95 Points, The Wine Advocate