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| ||Tasted by Erik12903 on 6/15/2015 & rated 93 points: grilled lamb chops and good wines on a Sunday afternoon (Stockholm): Such a serious wine. At first there is a whiff of something rustic, unclean, but it blows off after some time in the decanter. Has that full bodied, powerful sweet enticing grenache feel, but also much more serious structure and dry spicy licorice side. And the freshness to last a long time. This will only become better with time. (3258 views)|
| ||Tasted by Collector1855 on 5/21/2015 & rated 96 points: Served blind to a few vinous friends over a business dinner. Medium-dark ruby. Expressive nose of dark and red fruit with a note of black tea and an animalic touch, which is the house style. Medium+ bodied palate with the famous freshness of the 2010 vintage, very long and complex finish. This is a wine of character, like Appenzell cheese. Decant for 1+h or wait another 2 years before serving. Great CDP, can't wait to open my Da Capos. (3738 views)|
| ||Tasted by Sennma on 5/16/2015 & rated 94 points: Drank from 500ml (which should be a more common format). While this wine needs a least another five years in the bottle, it is jam packed with potential. Classic nose with a deep rich palate. Right now it's all fruit but other tasty stuff will emerge with time. (4412 views)|
| ||Tasted by Claret & CdP Gang on 5/10/2015 & rated 92 points: Color: dark red|
Nose: ripe red & black fruits, shy
Palate: tannic still but good balance, dark fruits, this Pegau is built for the long haul, an excellent Pegau that will be better in few years time when all the components come together
Rating:92 now easily 94/95 with few more years (4270 views)
| ||Tasted by isaacjamesbaker on 5/2/2015 & rated 93 points: Mayweather Pacquiao: Surprised by how well this is showing. Bright acid, dusty-manageable tannins. Tart red and a bit of black fruit, earthy, green olives, cowhide, pepper. Yeah, I like. (4974 views)|
| ||Tasted by S1 on 4/12/2015: Blindly watching The Masters (Chez S1): Love it!|
Decanted for about two and half hours. It just smells like the village with lots of wild herb, a great mix of bright red and dark dusty fruit with a nice barnyard funk. This wine is already drinking well; I can just imagine what another ten years will do to it. (5428 views)
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 4/11/2015: Bought one of these because the ecstatic reviews made me strongly suspect some kind of mass hypnosis phenomenon that thrive in the wine world, and I had to satisfy my intellectual curiosity. |
The experiment failed because I still don't know what it was I drank. If the bottle was flawed, then that doesn't tell me much. If it was not flawed, then this truly is the pinnacle of wine hype. From memory, though it was a while ago, the wine had weird scents of Guinness beer and maybe barbecue sauce, among others, yet despite that was very restrained and classy, giving an impression of depth. However it was shockingly weak on the palate and left behind what looked like sugar crystals in the glass, which I have only seen with one other wine, a Flowers Chardonnay.
Here is the conundrum: The nose was too fine and elegant for me to have suspected a flaw, while the palate was so abominably weak and bad, that there is no way the bottle can be sound or the other CT reviews could have been so wrong-- can they? Most likely, it was lightly corked but I'm putting this out there and maybe it will make some timid souls come out of the woodwork and say what they really thought of this wine, if this indeed was a sound bottle.
So this bottle remains a mystery for me, one thing is for sure, I'm not going to spend the money on another bottle to solve it, because no matter how good it is, I am certain it is not that good. How people have become convinced to pay Burg prices for humble S. Rhone wines is beyond me, especially with the wacked-out bottle variation, but Parker the mayor probably has something to do with it. (4661 views)
| ||Tasted by Nicholas81 on 3/30/2015 & rated 94 points: Did not take detailed notes. Very nice an approachable nose with some of the classic Pegau funk. The palate is still quite tannic but fruity and somewhat drinkable. A very nice CDP now but will certainly reward extended ageing. Can only imagine what this would taste like in 10 years time. (5331 views)|
| ||Tasted by Francois Le Mouel on 2/15/2015 & rated 94 points: Amazing wine. Intense barnyard aromas, cedar, on the nose. Extremely balanced and long. Will certainly age quite well. (6353 views)|
| ||Tasted by Tom Myers on 2/12/2015 & rated 95 points: Superb! (5281 views)|
| ||Tasted by Rezy13 on 1/16/2015: Friday Night Double Blind Tasting $40+ (Bin 75): Dark core with maroon rim; Band-Aid, bright purple fruit, sulfur, perfumed, almost garrigue; prickly with young tannin and sulfur, leather, deep dense purple fruit; good; called '10 St. Cosme CdP; really hard to decipher with the sulfur and Brett, very pent up at this stage, score now 90-92 range. (5337 views)|
| ||Tasted by Number51 on 1/1/2015 & rated 96 points: Richness and weight exist without a trace of heaviness. Dark berries, cedar wood, herbs, fresh raw meat, and gentle spices come through. Acidity is low making it drinkable on its own. Flavor profile is incredibly complex. (6497 views)|
| ||Tasted by haltersweb on 12/31/2014 & rated 95 points: Excellent even at its young age. Tobacco, plum and red cherry on the nose. Wonderful balance of acid, fruit and tannin. Very drinkable now but look forward to what it will do in 10 or 20 years. Surprisingly drinkable even without food but fantastic with our 2014 New Years Eve dish of beef tenderloin sauteed with shiitake mushrooms and tarragon potatoes. (5525 views)|
| ||Tasted by kbcadeponei on 12/8/2014 & rated 96 points: Exuberant expression from Châteauneuf, The 2010 Pegau Réservée is under serious aromatic evolution. When it's finally there, must achieve something around perfection, if there is such thing. Rich, highly concentrated dark violet red. At first contact, the purest and deepest bouquet of dry flowers emerge. Raspberries, cherries, violets and cocoa notes over a profound woodlike base, along with olives, minerals and leather. It's all here, animal scents and distinct herbal tones, such as basil. Though this is still very unstable and quite muted, the richness and purity of palate is undeniable. The gentlest touch of espresso, cocoa and discreet spices, sustained by a lively and robust structure, projects greatness and potential. Long and serene on the buttery, spicy finish. With a sealed fate, this CDP is a reward for the patient ones . 96-98 (6683 views)|
| ||Tasted by La Cave d'Argent on 10/17/2014 & rated 96 points: New York Wine Experience Trip; 10/14/2014-10/21/2014 (New York City, NY): This deep ruby Châteauneuf is a blend of 80% Grenache, 6% Syrah and 4% Mourvèdre, with the remaining 10% being made up by the multitude of other grapes allowed in the appellation. The nose and palate deliver a magical combination of dark bramble fruits, fig, garrigue, cocoa, earth and pipe tobacco. Full-bodied, freshly acidic, seamlessly alcoholic and with medium fine-grained tannins, it stays lively throughout the middle and closes with a lengthy finish. Classic quality here! This Pégau is already drinking beautifully and I doubt that it will shut down. Enjoy it over the next 15 years. Drink now-2029. (9324 views)|
| ||Tasted by skifree on 10/9/2014 & rated 92 points: Agree with KPB, drinking very well for such a young wine. Lots of blackberry, cassis, garrigue, as he said, but I had a white pepper note on the finish. (7713 views)|
| ||Tasted by Le Monty on 9/29/2014: Ahh Pegau. One of the few producers in the Rhone that makes wine that I still enjoy drinking. Too many are making wines that taste like port with huge fruit and alcohol. The '10 Pegau is textbook with cherry and raspberry fruit, leather, spice and just a touch of barnyard. No kirsch here and only 14% alcohol. Once I finish my '04 Pegau's, which have been drinking wonderfully for years and years, I will move on to the '07's and then '10's. This is a multi-case purchase if you are a Pegau drinker. (7818 views)|
| ||Tasted by KPB on 9/5/2014 & rated 95 points: Very dark, fragrant wine showing extremely well for such a young a Pegau. Aromatic ally complex: ripe blackberry fruit, toffee, garrigue, licorice, leather. Long finish,balanced, clean. A great wine! (8170 views)|
| ||Tasted by dcwino on 8/10/2014 & rated 95 points: Drank over three nights at home. Very primary, although quite ripe fruit expression via fruitcake also quite traditional a la garrigue, tobacco, leather and animal. Very good concentration, quite silky, good acidity and nicely integrated tannins. Very nice but need another five to ten years. (9431 views)|
| ||Tasted by Purple Tooth on 7/19/2014 & rated 94 points: Sweet barnyard, residing deep within in a tobacco filed, tucked into a new silk purse that delivers a very long and bright finish. Brilliant, and more structure than the 2009, but the 2009 is much better NOW.|
* Slight chill this down to 45 and enjoy the texture changes on its way to room temp. The wine is powerful enough to still deliver softly while being cold and when it blooms, it adds yet another dimension...Just be careful, its easy to guzzle it when its cold :-) (8057 views)
| ||Tasted by Oh Dae-su on 7/1/2014 & rated 91 points: What a lovely rustic and wild bitch. Great amount of countryside impressions, cigaretts, musk and tons of typical herbs (rather complex impression). Not fat or alcoholc driven at all. Not too dense either. |
Finish seemed fine. Not amazing. Starting to get interessting. I am sure this one will have abright future in the coming years. (7285 views)
| ||Tasted by admid on 6/3/2014 & rated 97 points: Couldn't resist trying one bottle.|
Ap: Black ruby
Ar: Suprisingly intensive nose with black cherries, strawberries and pepper. Could not identify any brett as other has reported.
Full bodied, concentrated and good balance.
Suprisingly good length at this age
Too young now, and I guess a point or two extra might be within reach if the development goes as it should.
Satisfied with having a case in my cellar. Great potential. (9139 views)
| ||Tasted by dpolivy on 5/21/2014 & rated 96 points: Wines of Pegau with Laurence Feraud (Canlis): Knockout nose. Fresh and aromatic, with a hint of brett and spice. Elegant, dense, and delicious body filled with darker fruit including black cherry. There's a nice spine of super fine tannins, and the finish has exceptional length and balance. (8260 views)|
| ||Tasted by CWang on 5/8/2014 & rated 93 points: Creamy and enticing nose full of caramel, cherries, strawberries, mints, roses, and violets; juicy yet tight palate packed with stewed berries and cherries, green peppers, licorice, and green plums; long finish showing ripe berries and cherries, dark chocolate, soft spices, precious wood, and quite some tannins; overall, 93-94 points at this stage; should be cellared for a few more years at least if not a decade; compared to the 2007 vintage, this one was a notch up for sure but also needed more time to evolve prior to maturity. (17765 views)|
| ||Tasted by Wine Fool on 4/12/2014 & rated 97 points: (Decanted for three hours.) I had this wine about six months ago and could not resist opening another bottle. Once again I found that it has everything I could want in a wine. It is dark and rich in color. It possesses a very expressive yet classic nose of ripe fruits, minerals, herbs, flowers, underbrush and a suggestion of cheese rind. The flavor profile is also classic (ripe berries and plums, chocolate, coffee, fennel and minerals) but with breathtaking concentration and persistence. Ample acidity supports the flavors and a spine of ripe tannins fortifies the whole affair. And its balance simply makes you smile. In this vintage the Pégaü Réservée gives all the other guys a real run for the money and I cannot wait the decade or so until it begins to really strut its stuff. (8428 views)|
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|By Josh Raynolds|
Vinous, January/February 2013, IWC Issue #166
(Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Reservee) Subscribe to see review text.
|By Jeb Dunnuck|
The Rhone Report, Issue #13 (10/1/2012)
(Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red) Login and sign up and see review text. 96-99 points
|By Josh Raynolds|
Vinous, January/February 2012, IWC Issue #160
(Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reservee) Subscribe to see review text.
|By Jancis Robinson, MW|
(Ch Pegau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red) Subscribe to see review text.
Domaine du Pégaü Producer website - Read more about Domaine du Pegau
Source: VinConnect (VinConnect.com)
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 )