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Community Tasting Notes (average 12 notes) - and median of 94 pts. in hiding notes with no text
| ||Tasted by Richard Jennings on 6/18/2015 & rated 92 points: Black-tinged very dark red violet color; reduction, roasted red fruit, tobacco, light brett, licorice nose; tight, complex, tobacco, roasted berry, anise, tart black fruit palate with near medium acidity; needs 3-plus years; medium-plus finish (80% Grenache, 6% Syrah, 4% Mourvedre, 10% blend of other grapes) 92+ points (1793 views)|
| ||Tasted by Sftx21 on 5/31/2015 & rated 92 points: Notes of tobacco, dark fruit (2788 views)|
| ||Tasted by Philippe_C on 2/13/2015 & rated 96 points: Very nice nose of ripe red cherries, animal, leather, herbes de Provence, bacon fat, meaty… powerful fruit and ripe cherries, very soft, totally integrated tannins, very nice length (4457 views)|
| ||Tasted by dpolivy on 2/6/2015 & rated 94 points: Tasting in Châteauneuf-du-Pape; 2/5/2015-2/7/2015 (Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhône, France): White pepper, spice, and dark fruit fill the nose. This is dark and dense, with good amounts of fruit (blackberry). Very well structured, still, with present, fine tannins and lots of acidity. Tight, but quite promising. (2852 views)|
| ||Tasted by Eric on 2/6/2015: A mid-winter visit to Châteauneuf-du-Pape; 2/5/2015-2/7/2015 (Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhône, France): Laurence compares this to the brilliant 2010. Big, chewy and powerful, another great vintage. Bloody, chewy, spicy and meaty with great density. Soy, pepper and licorice. A really structured wine. This will need some time to unwind. (4636 views)|
| ||Tasted by paul195 on 1/29/2015 & rated 93 points: Northern vs Southern Rhones (Brooklyn Wine Exchange (BWe)): Decanted for 6 hours. Dark deep color, nose of sweet dark cherries with hints leather and spice. The fruit is still very primary with sufficient density to balance fine tannins of this full bodied CnP. A lovely texture and long finish make this wine remarkably approachable for so a young a CnP. (3632 views)|
| ||Tasted by Philippe_C on 7/29/2014 & rated 97 points: Powerful nose of very ripe black cherries, sandalwood, leather, very warm feeling, roasted meat... taste of sweet strawberries, very envelopping wine, sexy wine, silky tannins, very long aftertaste... in the vein of the 2009 and 2010... but more fruity like the 2003!! (6003 views)|
| ||Tasted by rossi.wine on 3/5/2014 & rated 94 points: En primeur tasting. Fine and delicate fruit on the nose with herbs, flowers, and spices. Mineral, slightly drying, very pure and quite delicate, great length. Needs time. 93-95+ (4875 views)|
| ||Tasted by Wine Canuck on 6/11/2013: Visit to Domaine Pegau (Domain Pegau, Châteauneuf-du-Pape): (Barrel Sample). This is not for me. I'm wondering; is it a bad year for Pegau, a non-repersentative sample, or just not ready maturing yet? Nose is very confected, clean, and candied. Super ripe strawberries dominate. No funk at all. Palate comes across as sweet. I would be curious to retry one day. (4855 views)|
| ||Tasted by Philippe_C on 2/3/2013 & rated 96 points: Beautiful nose of ripe strawberries, bacon fat, black cherries.... in the mouth, very very nice strawberries and licorice, sweet tannins... Beautiful Pegau in the make, a bit below 2009 in concentration, but a bit more sweet and ripe fuit (95-97/100) (4505 views)|
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|By Josh Raynolds|
Vinous, January/February 2014, IWC Issue #172
(Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Reservee) Subscribe to see review text.
|By Jancis Robinson, MW|
(Dom du Pegau, Cuvée Reservée Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red) Subscribe to see review text.
|By Richard Jennings|
(Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée) Black-tinged very dark red violet color; reduction, roasted red fruit, tobacco, light brett, licorice nose; tight, complex, tobacco, roasted berry, anise, tart black fruit palate with near medium acidity; needs 3-plus years; medium-plus finish (80% Grenache, 6% Syrah, 4% Mourvedre, 10% blend of other grapes) 92+ points 92 points
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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.)
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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 )