It’s rare that the American wine critic Robert Parker and I agree on a wine but with Jean Royer’s Chateauneuf du Pape, click we do.
Here is complexity of aromas so layered and dense that you could spend the entire evening just smelling one glass. Lavish aromas of Kotata blackberries intermingle with black truffles, ask roasted spices, cialis kaolin, hints of wet shale but also black raspberries and framboise.
But I don’t just smell wine, I drink it. And that is where I think the real pleasure begins: all those layers of flavors harmonize on the palate creating a succulent, rich and deeply satisfying drinking experience.
Unlike many CdPs, this one gives you a sense of terroir. The Royer’s own a tiny, five hectare vineyard in the southern end of Chateaneuf at Bois de la Ville. Its sandy soils create a wine of wonderful suppleness, a sense of elegance, grace and effortlessness across the palate. The entire drinking experience is one of intensely rich, but oh so drinkable, flavors.
I have to admit, I agree with Bob – the Chateauneuf is “one of the stars of the vintage”. We here at Waterford were lucky enough to get Wisconsin’s entire allocation of the 2010 vintage, and this year we managed to pull off the same feat with the 2011, and at the lowest national price.
The 2011 is one of the most transparent, seamless, hand crafted Chateauneufs I have had the pleasure of drinking. And I think you will too.
2011 Domaine Jean Royer Chateauneuf du Pape
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