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2009 Jean Royer - Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Prestige

FRANCE / RHONE / CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE
  • 91 WA
  • 90 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • 17 JR
  • Variety
    Rhone Blend

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SKU: 120342-2009
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    Bright ruby. Red berries, cherry and rhubarb on the expressive, spice-accented nose. Spicy and tightly wound on entry, then fleshier and deeper in the middle, offering sappy but seamless red fruit and bitter cherry flavors. Gains power with air and finishes with very good breadth, energy and lingering spiciness. This elegant Chateauneuf will age well on its balance.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: January/February 2012
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Fairly light colour and very sweet, almost jammy Grenache notes on the nose, then lots of tannin on the finish. This is not an exaggerated wine; it seems pretty comfortable and confident, merely expressing what the vintage yielded. Which is a lot of tannin and alcohol.
    Drink Dates: 2015-2022
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

    The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Prestige, which comes from 80- to 100-year-old vines (in contrast to the 45-year-old vines of the Tradition), is essentially an identical blend, and again aged primarily in tank. This is a slightly darker color, with massive amounts of black cherry and strawberry jam notes, and hints of Provencal herbs as well as loamy, sandy soil. A savory, broad, full-bodied wine without a hard edge to be found, it should drink well for 7-8 years and is already irresistible.
    Drink Dates: 2011-2019
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    This takes the very light, perfumy approach, with lots of tea and sandalwood leading the way for floral, cherry and shiso leaf notes. The very stylish, high-toned finish has persistent bitter cherry and iron hints. This goes against the prevailing style in Chƒteauneuf, like an old Rayas.
    Drink Dates: 2012-2025
    Author: James Molesworth
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Where the Serene Evenstad Pinot was about red fruits, this was about dark black fruits, this was laden with kir and frankly the alcohol was showing through that the analogy to kir royale wouldn't be far off - this would have gone well with a chocolate cake as it showed lots of dark chocolate ganache. This might have been a tad less hefty than the pinot noir but was every bit as fun to drink - really showed the qualities of Grenache and the 2009 vineyard which was higher alcohol and tannin, but oh such fun it was to drink.
    Drink Dates: 2011-2021
    Author: Rossboss

While the Northern Rhône is known mostly for single-varietal wines from Syrah or Viognier, the Southern Rhône is known for complex blends. Châteauneuf-du-Pape, for example, allows up to 13 different varieties in a blend leaving winemakers ample room to experiment. This variation makes it almost impossible to describe a typical Rhône blend. Regardless of style, the common goal of these winemakers is to manage high tannin and alcohol levels in order to produce a balanced wine.

The most widely planted variety, Grenache, dominates most Rhône blends and adds concentrated spiced red fruit flavors with cinnamon, raspberry, and tobacco characteristics. Syrah and Mourvèdre add color and tannin, with Syrah contributing aromas of blueberry, pepper, and bacon while Mourvèdre adds dense black fruit flavors and gamey and meaty aromas. Cinsault provides red fruit flavor. For the best expression of this complex blend turn to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and classic producers like Château de Beaucastel, Clos des Papes, or Domaine du Pegau.

Many New-World wine regions, particularly in California and Australia, have adopted this winemaking method. The best examples come from San Luis Obispo producers Saxum, Sine Qua Non, and Alban.

The complexity and spice-forward flavor profile of Rhône blends pair best with herb-roasted turkey, pork chops, a range of cheeses, or spiced vegetables. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 42 bottles owned
  • 10 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 10 collectors)