This wine must be decanted, if you don’t have the tools, you can aerate the wine after opening for 10’ each vintage. After one hour aeration in the bottle, I decanted in the glass for another 15’. This practice allows the wine to release its full aromatic potential.
Light red, brick-like in colour, defined by its noble bouquet of tomato leaf & tobacco well infused in a handful of cooked strawberries and cherries, reminiscent of a Pinot Noir from Burgundy. Ravishing finish, supported by velvety tannins and great vivacious acidity for an enormous ageing potential. Marvelous.
Producer: Domaine Jean Royer.
Brand: Les Sables de la Crau.
Variety: 100% Grenache.
Quality category: Appellation d’Origine Contrôlé.
Vineyard: In year 2013 the vineyard has expanded to 10ha./ Sandy soils with rolled pebbles in the plateau of Crau and well protected from the Mistral.
Winemaking: Manually harvested, partially destemmed and aged in demi-muids for around 18 months. (muid=latin modius, barrel, recommended for some grape varieties around the Mediterranean, this allows prolonged ageing with long reduction phases).This Brand is the most prestigious line from the Domaine.
Story: It took Jean-Marie Royer a while to bring its grandfather vineyard into his own branding. His father passed when he was 2 years old. Until he took charge of the estate, a farmer took care of the viticulture. After getting a degree as viticulturist & winemaker in Orange, he and his wife recreated their estate’s philosophy.
Label: Traditional dark bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. On its neck, there is the Pope Tiara with the keys of St. Peter. The label is light black, only the brand in copper gold and the vintage in white silver are shown, not a traditional Châteauneuf indeed, but certainly the best of the estate brands.
Accolade: 93 RP 2015.
Translated from french to english @Patrick Maclart wineblog and the Domaine website.
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