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 Vintage2012 Label 1 of 183 
ProducerDomaine du Pégaü (web)
VarietyRed Rhone Blend
DesignationCuvée Réservée
SubRegionSouthern Rhône
UPC Code(s)091882451486, 097871001571, 873922007439

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2017 and 2028 (based on 18 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reservee on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 93.8 pts. and median of 94 pts. in 24 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by ryestraw on 2/5/2016: Stunning. (748 views)
 Tasted by the godfather on 1/2/2016: Very surprised by how delicious this was (2394 views)
 Tasted by mikeharris on 1/2/2016 & rated 94 points: This is very young but I couldn't resist testing a bottle form my recently arrived case.

I found 30 minutes of air to be just about right. Deep crimson in the glass with long legs. Some Pegau brett followed by dark strawberry, blueberry and blackberry on the nose. Wonderful fat, ripe fruit on the palate along with pepper and spice and just a subtle hint of crushed flowers. Full bodied, well balanced and surprisingly well integrated. The finish is long, fat, sexy and brings you back to the glass.

This is just stellar for the vintage. Damn I love Pegau. In about 5 years this is going to be really incredible I suspect. (2730 views)
 Tasted by WorldTraveler on 11/29/2015 & rated 95 points: Amazing wine from an amazing house. Younger than the Laurence (obviously), and a bit young in general still, but still amazing when you compare it to all the wines you've had in your life. Gamey like a sweaty animal, Kalamata olives, licorice, and heaven. You're not committing the century's biggest crime by drinking it now (and nobody would blame you for your lack of patience), but I'd give it a couple of years to catch up to the Laurence (who I am absolutely in love with, by the way. I'd marry her if I could...the person, not the wine...okay, the wine too). As you probably know, the Laurence is the Reservee that's kept in the back room a year or two longer. Same grapes, barrels, process, everything-- the Laurence is just older. (3763 views)
 Tasted by mtolerico on 11/28/2015 & rated 93 points: Very young, as expected, rich red fruits, candied fruits, gritty tannins, very nice balance with some cow poop mixed in and a bit of the metallic taste you get with many CdP's. I thought it was quite good with a decant but needs a lot more time to develop. I'd lay off for 5 years. (3220 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 10/27/2015: Barnyard and lavender all the way through. But full on rich fat fruit. (4459 views)
 Tasted by Francois Le Mouel on 10/18/2015 & rated 92 points: Appears a lot younger than the 2010, with more focus on the fruity aromas. No trace of animal/leather notes. Perfectly balanced, great quality and length. Needs to be decanted for 2-3 hours. I wouldn't touch it until at least 2020. (3601 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 9/17/2015 & rated 94 points: Deep ruby in color, the wine pops with peppery, black raspberries, garrigue and kirsch. On the palate, the wine is full bodied, rich and deep, with a sweet, spicy, fresh, peppery character that adds to the plush textured, kirsch enriched finish. (4862 views)
 Tasted by alanr on 8/24/2015 & rated 92 points: Medium ripe and slightly smoky nose; fairly dark, deep, rich, lush ripe plum, but not at all overripe or sweet; slightly roasted note, plenty of acidity, very well balanced. Seems fairly clean (brett-wise) though there is a hint of metallic bitterness on the finish. Not really in my wheelhouse, but I would think fans of Pegau would find this very attractive. (4315 views)
 Tasted by danielbleier on 8/19/2015 & rated 92 points: Blackberry and dark cherry notes - nicely balanced with leather and earth tones (3722 views)
 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 (2975 views)
 Tasted by Sftx21 on 5/31/2015 & rated 92 points: Notes of tobacco, dark fruit (4713 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 (5895 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. (4212 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. (5878 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. (4540 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!! (6661 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+ (5482 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. (5507 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) (5114 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, Châteauneuf du Pape: The Lively 2013s and Lush 2012s (Apr 2015) (2/1/2015)
(Domaine Du Pegau Châteauneuf-du-pape Cuvée Réservée) Subscribe to see review text.
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
JancisRobinson.com (11/19/2013)
(Dom du Pegau, Cuvée Reservée Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (6/18/2015)
(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 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.


Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)


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

The southern Rhône is famous for the number of different grape varieties officially allowed there, up to 18 in its most famous appellation Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but Grenache has always been by far the most planted, making usually up a good 80% of the blend in a typical vintage.

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
Rhône Valley
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
Jan/Feb 2013
"...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…"

By vitabella.fr
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
Southern Rhone
Vintage: 2011
Score: 89-92
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 Appellation - Read more about Chateauneuf du Pape

Another site on this appellation
Vineyards on weinlagen-info

"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 )

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