2018 Domaine Jean Royer “Le Petit Roy” “Baby Chateauneuf du Pape”

Last year the wine that I sold the most of was the Jean Royer “Petit Roy”, and I still had people asking for more long after it was gone. Thankfully, a new vintage has just landed and is ready for your glass! As you can see above, I am getting 15 cases of this wine and when it’s gone it’ll be gone.

Grenache, Syrah, & Mouvedre are the holy trinity of grape varieties in the Southern Rhone Valley. That combination isn’t put together better anywhere in the world than in the Southern Rhone region of Chateauneuf du Pape.

Jean Royer’s Chateauneufs are considered to be among the most elegant that the region has to offer. It’s sometimes called “Chateauneuf du Pape for Burgundy Lovers.” Their “Le Petit Roy” is labeled as “Vin de France” because one of the sources of grapes is a small vineyard outside of any delineated appellation. However, MOST of the grapes in this wine come from Royer’s own vineyards in Chateauneuf du Pape from younger vines or grapes that don’t quite make it into their main Chateauneuf du Pape.

This new vintage is outstanding… fresh & flavorful. Stock up on them now before they’re all gone.

MySomm Tasting Notes: “This is a terrific example of the harmony that can be created when blending Grenache, Syrah, & Mouvedre. The nose really exhibits the Syrah as aromas of pepper, black olive, & roasting savory herbs surround the core of blackberry & kirsch. The entry and mid-palate display the Grenache’s elegance and power. There’s nothing ‘petit’ about this wine with a full-body and significantly robust mouthfeel. The bright fruit is succulent and vibrant on the palate. Lastly, the Mouvedre is spotted on the finish, where the earthy & mineral tones can be experienced. A long, clean, dry finish leaves a lasting impression from this incredible value. Drink Now-2024”

MySomm Price: $17/btl