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Domaine Jean Royer Châteauneuf-du-Pape

"Lovers of pure, elegant, yet sexy Grenache owe it themselves to try these wines."
— Jeb Dunnuck

While Domaine Jean Royer is a fairly new estate in the Southern Rhone Valley that only dates back to 1985, the Royer family 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 - the famous Avignon castle built in the late 19th century which was inhabited by the Marquis de Baroncelli and frequented by many Provencal poets.

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. If the name of Jean-Marie Roye, who manages the estate today sounds familiar, it is due to his earlier career as a Rugby player. One of the next important decisions made by Jean Royer was to bring in Philippe Cambie as their consultant in 1988, when Philippe Cambie was just starting his career.

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