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| ||Tasted by dcwino on 6/18/2015 & rated 92 points: TN: Rhone dinner (The Grill Room at Capella Hotel Georgetown): Slightly leaner style for Pegau. Mostly black fruits, black cherry, fruit cake, tobacco, licorice, dill, tar and ash. Good concentration, slightly dry black fruit driven palate impression, slightly metallic, good acidity, slightly rustic tannins and medium finish that ends slightly coarse. At least one person thought it was tired. My guess is that it was slightly angular from the get go. It will work well with a steak or lamb chop. (475 views)|
| ||Tasted by mouton45 on 6/16/2015 & rated 92 points: wine group dinner at Two Chefs (398 views)|
| ||Tasted by wynnewood500 on 3/8/2015: Drinking wonderfully! Medium bodied. Some of the Rhone smokiness but not enough to scare off some guests who were new to CdP. (1211 views)|
| ||Tasted by MedocMad on 2/9/2015 & rated 94 points: What a Beauty, real class great balance very Yum (1390 views)|
| ||Tasted by french16 on 1/2/2015: Very nice and quite interesting. Seems quite evolved, at least more than I though it would be. Based on this bottle, I would say, drink up.|
A touch of oxidation, celery salt, garrigue with dark fruits and nice earthiness. A little 'dirty' (in a good way). Very balanced with no heat.
Another winner from Pegau. (1702 views)
| ||Tasted by Sennma on 12/21/2014 & rated 93 points: Super clean bottle with a 1 hour decant. All the things you could want from an older Pegau...power and elegance all wrapped together. Will need to back load on these. (1772 views)|
| ||Tasted by Xavier Auerbach on 11/4/2014 & rated 92 points: Pristine bottle. A transparent and elegant style of CdP, fresh and relatively slender but without lack of warmth, with ripe tannins and bright fruit, hints of garrigue and thyme and an attractive touch of the barnyard, gains weight with oxygen; finishes with cool minerality and a slightly drying note. I love this almost Burgundian style of CdP. Completely ready. (2260 views)|
| ||Tasted by winemaker on 11/1/2014 & rated 93 points: Delicious. Garrigue, balsam. A delight. (1541 views)|
| ||Tasted by jsebiri on 10/21/2014: Had this again last night , super wine . Secondary nose and taste had this in a great place , really a special wine (1524 views)|
| ||Tasted by grapist on 6/22/2014 & rated 94 points: Consistent with previous. This is fabulous juice. So sorry this one is my last (2417 views)|
| ||Tasted by presterjohn on 6/14/2014: Wild feral scent, very nice but all on the surface (2172 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 6/12/2014 & rated 92 points: Garnet red brown rim. Beautiful bouquet with garrigue and barnyard. On the palate still very juicy with beautiful fresh acidity, sweet spices, garrigue, sweetness and soft tannin. Beautiful balance and completely ready now. Probably wise to drink it now or within two years. (1557 views)|
| ||Tasted by jsebiri on 3/2/2014: excellent wine , nose was very secondary but the wine had a core of solid nectar , was driving so had to leave some in the decanter , someone in the kitchen was lucky (2666 views)|
| ||Tasted by danielk168 on 2/1/2014 & rated 91 points: In a good place now, little decanting time needed but based on how long it lasted, probably should give this more time. Very aromatic with complexity, nice floral tones weaving in and out after about 2 hours. (2767 views)|
| ||Tasted by EMichels on 11/25/2013 & rated 88 points: Dark and heavy; Relatively ripe (2922 views)|
| ||Tasted by JOsgood on 11/19/2013: Similar in style to the 2004 that I enjoy so much. Lighter expression with elegance and balance. Really good stuff. (2684 views)|
| ||Tasted by L'enfant sauvage on 10/10/2013: A lovely bottle. Zero seepage on the cork. Nice red fruit, animal, earth, some prune and a touch of black olive. Some garrigue eventually, but these things aren't exactly packed with terroir. Much more structured that the 2000 we had recently (which isn't saying much), and less over the top in the fruit department, but also frankly, a bit less fun. A properly stored bottle should drink well for a while yet, but this is in a pretty good spot right now. (2958 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 10/4/2013: Similar to my last note - with a little air, this is big and lush, but with structure to hold up for a while. A- (2359 views)|
| ||Tasted by Zingrrl on 8/1/2013 flawed bottle: This was pure crap. Iodine. What a waste. (2623 views)|
| ||Tasted by Robertito on 6/7/2013: From the first release, my last of six purchased in 2005— the first note is slight mold under the capsule, and staining 2/3 of the way up the cork. Opened, and being very TCA sensitive, sniff the cork, and what a delightful experience that was— everything A-OK+++. Bottle number 5 had been horribly stripped of fruit and quite metallic, so I had been a bit fearful with this one.|
The wine possesses beautiful color, with slight bricking throughout, glorious nose (my non-drinking wife was wowed), fine acidity with a hint of sweetness, wonderful mouthfeel and a panoply of flavors with excellent length. And needless to say, just grand with a broiled rack of lamb. I do not know how much longer it has, but it is in a beautiful place at this time. (2657 views)
| ||Tasted by dbkitc on 3/18/2013 & rated 93 points: So much fun to drink this from a 6L bottle. In addition to the celebratory aspect, the wine was just delicious. All of the old style Pegau complexity and profile, in a well-balanced and perfectly mature package. Will continue to drink well for a while but why wait? Fun, interesting and crowd pleasing – nice combo. (93) (3471 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 1/25/2013: With a 30 minute splash decant, this was the most lush of the Pegau Reserves I have had. Ripe, red fruit, with plenty of leather, game, and earth, this may not be the most complete Pegau - but was a real pleasure to drink. It won't get better, but should hold for a bit. A- (3518 views)|
| ||Tasted by Jimbod on 1/20/2013 & rated 90 points: Deep dark fruit and gentle brett and garrigue. Starting to go a bit bricky. (3494 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 12/7/2012 & rated 90 points: I have had this wine twice in the last couple of years. Big, fruity, ripe and just the right structure of earth and tannin. Decant 1 hour. (3627 views)|
| ||Tasted by Rezy13 on 11/11/2012 & rated 86 points: Extremely exaggerated example of Pegau. Everyone called producer blind. Reminds me of the 2008. With all of the animal and soil there was still some sweet fruit in there. Nose was powerful and pungeant, but the palate had sweetness and red fruit. The acidity was a little out of whack. I like Pegau, but this was a bit much and almost devoid of pleasure as the brett may have taken hold of this bottle. (3608 views)|
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|By Jeb Dunnuck|
The Rhone Report, Bonus Reviews (4/18/2009)
(Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée) Login and sign up and see review text. 93 points
|By Stephen Tanzer|
Vinous, January/February 2002, IWC Issue #100
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|By Stephen Tanzer|
Vinous, January/February 2001, IWC Issue #94
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|By Richard Jennings|
(Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée) Almost opaque red violet color; lovely cherry, rich, kirsch, garrigue, sage nose; tasty, poised, garrigue, tart berry palate with firm sweet tannins but ready to drink now; medium-plus finish 93+ pts. 93 points
|By Richard Jennings|
(Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée) Group's #1 (my #1) – 52 pts; 5, 1, 2, 1 – strong barnyard nose; tasty earthy red fruit and sous bois, with a rose note, and great acidity; long finish 92+ pts. 92 points
Domaine du Pégaü Producer website - Read more about Domaine du Pegau
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Domaine du Pégau is a beloved icon of traditionalism in Châteauneuf du Pape, crafting wines that dually epitomize the Châteauneuf style of the Southern Rhône while being unmistakably Pégau. Long owned by the Féraud family, the estate is run by the charming Laurence, a Parker Wine Advocate Wine Personality of the Year who was exceptionally well-schooled by her father Paul. Despite receiving six 100-point scores in less than 10 years, Domaine du Pégau is a down to earth specimen of Southern France hospitality.
Pégau produces three high-end Châteauneuf-du-Pape cuvées: the traditional Cuvée Reservée, the special Cuvée Laurence, and the incredible Cuvée da Capo (made from the best grapes in only the best years). These wines are aged in large old oak foudres for at least 18 months in the case of the Reservée, and much longer for Laurence and Capo.
Robert Parker of The Wine Advocate summarizes the house style as follows: “This superb estate fashions an old style, massive, unbelievably rich, rustic Châteauneuf du Pape. If you want to taste what the old style Châteauneuf du Pape of the forties, fifties, and early sixties tasted like, buy a bottle of Domaine du Pégau. They are rich, rustic, sometimes massive Châteauneuf du Papes made with no concession to modern-day tastes.” Furthermore, he continues “I have long been a huge fan of this estate, and have put my money where my mouth is, having purchased all of Pégau’s vintages since 1979.” Heady praise indeed from the world’s leading wine critic.
Domaine du Pégau’s wine have developed a cult-like following among savvy consumers, who adore their expressive style, unique personality and still-affordable prices for the quality and experience they deliver.
“There is a secret in the knowledge transmitted over generations.” — Laurence Féraud
Domaine du Pegau is run by Laurence Feraud and her father Paul.
Red Rhone Blend Read about the different grapes used to produce red and white Rhone wines
On CellarTracker, Red Rhone Blend is the term for a wine consisting of two or more of the traditional 13 Southern Rhone grape varieties. Typically it's the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre or Cinsault grapes, but can also contain the Muscardin, Counoise, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Picpoul, Roussanne, Terret Noir, Picardan or Vaccarese grapes.
A 'food' wine. Lacking pretension and intended for local consumption with local cuisine. Lacks the 'high' notes on a Bordeaux, more earthy and sharper so often a better partner to meat dishes with a sauce.
France Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)
Rhône Guide to the wines, wineries and appellations in the Rhone Valley The Rhône Valley/Le Vins de la Vallée du Rhône (Comité Interprofession des vins AOC Côtes et vallée du Rhône)
Southern Rhône Guide to the wines, wineries and appellations in the Southern Rhone Valley
RP APPRAISAL OF SOUTHERN RHONE VINTAGES:
WA: 2011 88R / 2010 98T / 2009 93E/ 2008 86R / 2007 98E / 2006 92R / 2005 95T / 2004 88R / 2003 90I / 2002 58C / 2001 96T / 2000 98E
### 2005 ###
In southern Rhone, 2005 was a below average sized crop, because of continuing drought and the fact that there are so many old vineyards where low yields are the rule of thumb even in an abundant year. While 2005 is truly an excellent vintage in the south, I do not believe it is a compellingly great vintage, because it has more in common with beefed up, improved version of 1995 than with what I consider an irrefutably great vintage like 1998, 2001 or even 2000. Certainly the wines have plenty of structure and possess fresher, more vibrant acidities than most years provide. The top wines also display impressive levels of concentration. However all the 2005s tend to reveal a certain firmness, and if the grapes were picked too soon, or the vinification/upbringing were not carefully handled, there is a toughness and austerity to the tannins that ultimately will prove to be problematic. Nevertheless, there is an ocean of top wines.
### 2007 ###
The 2007 vintage in Southern France was wonderful. Here is what controversial Robert M. Parker (Wine Advocate Issue 179) said about it, “Throughout the southern Rhône, 2007 is the greatest vintage I have tasted in my thirty years working in that region. I think of 2007 as a hypothetical blend of an opulent, powerful, sumptuous year such as 1990, and a cooler draught vintage such as 2001. The cool weather and the remarkable three weeks of Mistral in September that concentrated the grapes without any spikes of high heat appears to have given the 2007s an aromatic dimension and freshness that I have rarely witnessed. Combine that with wines that are substantial, powerful, and relatively high in alcohol, with super depth of fruit! These are very aromatic wines of great concentration, freshness, laser-like focus, and amazing purity as well as depth. It is the vintage of my lifetime for this region, and I don’t say that lightly.”
### 2010 ###
Robert Parker, on the 2010 vintage:
"Some producers think 2010 eclipses 2007 because of the wines' vivid freshness and focus. Throughout the southern Rhône, the hallmarks of the vintage are very dense purple, sometimes even blue/black colors as well as higher acid levels that have not been seen since 2004 and 2001. In fact, 2010's paradox is that I can't remember a vintage so concentrated, powerful and rich that also has such zesty acidity. The 2010s will have significant aging potential, which is obvious in the level of tannins, but the tannins are sweet with exceptional elegance and finesse. The ratio of high extractive and phenolic skins to the juice has produced wines of extraordinary intensity, freshness, aromatic potential and obvious longevity. This is another great vintage that offers an embarrassment of riches for this region that has enjoyed a succession of extraordinary years."
### 2011 ###
- "has most Rhône vintners exceedingly optimistic for a third straight outstanding year…" -Wine Spectator
- "fans of fruit-forward, accessible wines will find plenty to like from '11, which looks to be an ideal candidate for restaurants as well as for wine lovers…" -Stephen Tanzer
- “we have got 2011 which is a combination of these two great vintages." -Michel Chapoutier on how 2011 is a combination of the 2009 and 2010 vintage
- The 2011 Southern Rhone Region was Rated 89-92 by Wine Spectator's Vintage Chart!
(By Wine Spectator
2011 Vintage Report: France
A first look at vintage quality in French wine regions, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers
Posted: November 14, 2011
The 2011 harvest has most Rhône vintners exceedingly optimistic for a third straight outstanding year, though a handful rued some late rains and heat that blemished what could have been a perfect growing season.
By Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2011 and 2010 Southern Rhone Wines
By Josh Raynolds
"...fans of fruit-forward, accessible wines will find plenty to like from '11, which looks to be an ideal candidate for restaurants as well as for wine lovers who lack the facilities or patience for long-term storage.
Fans of graceful, fruit-driven Rhone wines will find plenty to like from 2011 and, as was the case in 2008, 2006 and 2004…"
Michel Chapoutier on 2011 in Rhone Valley: A detailed Early Report
26 Octobre 2011
The tastings of the 2011 vintage have recently given an opportunity for Michel Chapoutier to give his first impressions of the quality of this vintage for the appellations of the Rhone Valley. Prior to the presentation of each appellation, he noted that "after a warm and sunny 2009 vintage that resulted in the exuberance of grape varieties, 2010 was a fresher year with slow maturities which generally gave tense wines - to those who were able to wait for the phenolic maturity - some mineral wines, elegant with an outward expression of the soil, we have got 2011 which is a combination of these two great vintages. "
"This 2011 harvest in Rhone Valley was both early and late: a real paradox!"
By Wine Spectator’s Vintage Chart
Drink Rec: NYR
Description: Warm spring, but cool, wet weather in July and August led to uneven ripening; Indian summer saved the vintage. Grenache is light, but Syrah and Mourvèdre strong, so blending key; there will be some excellent wines, but heterogenous from domaine to domaine.)
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Châteauneuf-du-Pape Appellation - Read more about Chateauneuf du Pape
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"As I have written many times in the past, the sweet spot for drinking Châteauneuf du Papes is usually the first 5-6 years after the vintage. Then they seem to go through an adolescent, awkward, and sometimes dormant stage, only to re-emerge around year 10-12, where the majority of wines are often fully mature. The best of them will continue to hold on to life (but rarely improving) beyond 15-20 years. It is only the exceptional Châteauneuf du Papes that will evolve for 20-25+ years, and those are indeed a rarity. However, things may be improving dramatically in terms of the longevity of Châteauneuf du Pape, although Grenache-dominated wines, the vast majority of wines produced in the appellation, are wines that do not have the polyphenol (extract and tannin) content of top Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlots, or Syrah-based wines. Nevertheless, the younger generation in Châteauneuf du Pape has taken seriously the farming in the vineyards. There are more organic and biodynamically run vineyards here than in any other appellation of France. The yields, which were already low, are even lower today (20-35 hectoliters per hectare), and of course, the proliferation of top luxury and/or old-vine cuvées gives a significant boost to the number of wines that will evolve past 25 or 30 years. The advantage of these wines is their broad window of drinkability." ( Robert Parker )