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Domaine Jean Royer History, Overview
While Domaine Jean Royer is a fairly new estate in the Southern Rhone Valley that only dates back to 1985, the Royer has roots in Chateauneuf du Pape that go all the way back to the 1700’s. Before becoming a family of vignerons, they practiced several trades, including bricklayers and construction. In fact, members of the Royer family helped build Chateau Fines Roches.
Like many vineyards, Domaine Jean Royer either sold their harvests to negociants or rented out their vines to other producers. That changed in 1985, when the young Jean Royer changed things up and began producing, bottling and selling their own wine. However, there was one obstacle in their path.
Until 1985, the property went under the name of Clos des Marquis. That name was considered to be too close to the famous wine, Clos du Marquis produced by Leoville Las Cases in St. Julien, Bordeaux. To avoid confusion in the market and to make sure they had no problems with the Delon family of Leoville Las Cases, the name of the property was quickly changed to Domaine Jean Royer. One of the next important decisions made by Jean Royer was to bring in Philippe Cambie as their consultant in 1988, when Cambie was just starting his career.
Domaine jean Royer Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking
Domaine Jean Royer owns 5 hectares of vines in the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation. Their vines are located in two main lieux-dits. Until recently, 80% of their grapes are planted in Bois de la Ville and 20% of their vines are located in Les Grandes Serres. That changed with the 2010 vintage when they were able to purchase a small parcel of vines in the La Crau vineyard
Domaine Jean Royer produces 5 red Chateauneuf du Pape wines and 1 white Chateauneuf du Pape wine.
Domaine Jean Royer Tradition is a blend of 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault. But that blend can vary as in some vintages, no Cinsault is used in the wine. The vines are planted in the La Crau and les Grandes Serres lieux-dits. Their terroir is mostly rocks and stones, with some sand. 50% to 90% of the grapes are destemmed. The wine is aged in a combination of used, French oak barrels and demi-muids. On average, 350 cases are produced of this wine each year.
Domaine Jean Royer Cuvee Prestige is made from mostly old vine Grenache from vines that are between 80 to 100 years of age while the remainder comes from up to 20% Mourvedre. Some of the Grenache vines are even older than 100 years. The terroir is pure galets. All of the fruit comes from the Bois de la Ville and les Grandes Serres lieux-dits. 50% to 90% of the grapes are destemmed. For the aging, 50^% of the wine is aged in demi-muid, while the remainder is aged in tank. About 350 cases are produced in an average vintage.
Domaine Jean Royer Cuvee Hommage a Mon Pere is made from 100% old vine Grenache from the Grandes Serres lieu-dit. The youngest vines are at least 80 years of age and the oldest vines were planted back in 1890. About 350 cases of this wine are produced each year.
Domaine Jean Royer Cuvee les Sables de Crau is produced using 100% old vine Grenache from sandy terroir in the La Crau vineyard, as the name suggests. The wine is aged in used demi-muids for 12 months before bottling.
Domaine Jean Royer Sola Syrah Regalis is one of the few wines from Chateauneuf du Pape made using 100% Syrah. 50% to 90% of the grapes are destemmed. The wine is aged in 100% new, French oak barrels for 12 months before bottling. The wine is only produced in select vintages and when it is produced not much is made as the production hovers between 100 and 125 cases.
Serving and Decanting Domaine Jean Royer with Wine, Food Pairing Tips
Domaine Jean Royer is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be popped and poured, or decanted for an hour so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Domaine Jean Royer is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, sausage and cassoulet. Domaine Jean Royer is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms pasta, eggplant and tomatoes.
The white wine of Domaine Jean Royer is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.
Domaine Jean Royer also owns vines in the Cotes du Rhone appellation where they produce Le Petit Domaine, a red Vin de Table.
Domaine Jean Royer Wine Tasting Notes
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2014 Domaine Jean Royer Cuvée Les Sables de la Crau ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Silky, supple and polished, there is a sexy style here, with the polished, opulent textures, sweet red fruits and floral accents. The finish is long, clean and fresh,
Jun 23, 2016points - Tasted 1214 Views
2014 Domaine Jean Royer Cuvée Prestige ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Freshness, minerality, sweet, wild strawberries and juicy, ripe kirsch notes create the profile. The wine is supple and sensuous in texture and will offer nice drinking pleasure on release.
Jun 23, 2016points - Tasted 1198 Views
2014 Domaine Jean Royer ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Medium bodied, sweet, fresh, vibrant, peppery, spicy cherries, wild strawberries and black raspberries are easy to find on the nose, and on the palate. The soft, sweet, fruit filled quality carries through to the finish.
Jun 23, 2016points - Tasted 855 Views
2012 Domaine Jean Royer Cuvée Les Sables de la Crau ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Any Chateauneuf du Pape made from 100% Grenache planted in one of the best vineyards on La Crau should have it all going on, and this does for sure. Pure, liquid kirsch, garrigue, black pepper and wild raspberries are in full force. The lusciously textured, fruit filled finish hit the spot too!
Nov 9, 2016points - Tasted 1406 Views
2010 Domaine Jean Royer Cuvée Prestige ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Rich, luscious, ripe, dark red fruits, thyme and a blast of sweet kirsch hit the spot. The wine offers freshness, ripe fruits and it's in a forward, approachable style, so you can drink it young, for its primary appeal, or age it, for more earthy, secondary characteristics.
Sep 13, 2016points - Tasted 1219 Views
2007 Domaine Jean Royer Sola Syrah Regalis ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Concentrated, with depth of flavor, along with tannins and acidity, the wine, while well made, and showing a lot of dark, red fruits, does not quite rock my boat. This is my first time tasting a Chateauneuf made from 100% Syrah. While the wine is certainly interesting, it does make it obvious as to why Grenache is King in the region.
Feb 13, 2017points - Tasted 1336 Views