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Professional Ratings: 92 Wine Spectator, 91 The Wine Advocate, 91 International Wine Cellar
Region: Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
Varietal: Rhone Red Blends
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Style: Earthy & Spicy
Alcohol By Volume: 14%
Item no. 110122
The 2003 vintage of this wine was ranked #5 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2006
Domaine du Pegau was created in 1987, when Laurence Féraud, after her wine studies, joined her father Paul Féraud at the estate. Pégau is an old Provençal word for a wine jug found in the excavations of the 14th century Popes Palace in Avignon. Paul always talks about Laurence as "le chef," but he is an experienced winemaker himself. The property has belonged to the family for several generations. Together, father and daughter have made Pegau into one of the best wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. They have 18.5 ha. planted with red varieties and 1 ha. with white grapes. Their 11 parcels are spread around the appellation and each gives a different wine which, after the blending, results in a very distinct wine… a true, classic Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Only organic methods are used in the vineyards.
80% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 4% Mourvèdre, 1% other varieties. 100% hand picked. Whole cluster. Grapes are sorted, pressed and fermented for 10 to 15 days. Pump overs twice daily (am & pm) for aeration. Aged 18 months in old (up to 70 years!) oak foudres. Bottled in Nov 2010 without filtration.
A dark, lightly chewy style, with roasted mesquite and dark licorice notes leading the way for a powerful core of black Mission fig, blackberry preserve, Turkish coffee and bittersweet cocoa notes. There’s a flash of truffle on the finish. Drink now through 2022.
The 2008 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reservee was about to be bottled at the time of my visit, and it will certainly be one of the better wines of the vintage. By the standards of Pegau, it is not a massive wine nor will it be terribly long-lived. However, this estate has an incredible track record in off years, so I would not be surprised to see this wine exceeding readers’ expectations in 10-12 years. Tasting through the three remaining lots that will be blended together, I rated them between 89 and 92. That makes it one of the better wines of the vintage. Medium to full-bodied, chewy and very evolved, the wine exhibits lots of earth, lavender and foresty/mossy notes intermixed with kirsch, peppery black currants and Christmas fruitcake spices. It should drink nicely for 10-12+ years. Laurence calls it a very “traditional” style that she believes will be as good as their 2006. Range 89-91
Saturated ruby. A wild, highly expressive bouquet displays red and dark berries, Asian spice and musky garrigue, accented by smoke and game notes in the background. Juicy and precise, with sweet raspberry and cherry flavors that take a bitter turn with air. Tannins come on late and add grip to a long, sappy finish.