Jean Royer Le Petit Roy 2010
Jean Royer remains under the radar in Chateauneuf, despite making superb wines at very reasonable prices. A close friend of Philippe Cambie (who consults here), Royer makes wines of a fresher ilk than many in CdP.
In 2010, conditions were perfect for producing highly aromatic, pert wines of tension and food friendliness, which is something that many Chateauneufs lack these days. This wine is the vin de table sold only in France and made with young vines from estate fruit in Royer’s Chateauneuf vineyards.
Fresh, Direct, Delicious
This is not made to be a prestige wine or something to ooh and ah over. It is, rather, true table wine, made for food, made to be simple, direct and delicious. There is no need to overthink. Yet, the quality of the fruit belies a wine of more than twice the price and the wine is astonishingly open and ready to drink at such a young age.
Raised in concrete with mostly Grenache leading the way over the Syrah and Mourvedre that round out this blend, this is a wine with a classic Grenache driven noise of fresh cherries and spices. This wine is lifted rather than heavy and dark. The palate is filled with spice, pepper and comes off as very fresh and aromatic. The wine has excellent balance, and shows the impressive qualities of 2010 as a vintage in the Southern Rhone: aromatic complexity, acid, and slightly lighter alcohols than the norm.
Ultimately, the Petit Roy drinks like a much more expensive wine and is not dissimilar from the Rayas estate Tournon. It is pure, classic southern Rhone Grenache that is now rarely being made in the region. And you have to love its outrageous value.
Very Good+ and Highly Recommended Value
$15 at Garagiste