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 Vintage2001 Label 1 of 60 
ProducerDomaine du Pégaü (web)
VarietyRed Rhone Blend
DesignationCuvée Réservée
SubRegionSouthern Rhône

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2007 and 2019 (based on 101 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 92.7 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 463 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by walkerjfw on 6/26/2015 & rated 95 points: Brought 2 bottles of this to Agricola to share with the MIT Peer group. Drank after the Peter Michael Ma Belle Fille. I had decanted these ans re-bottled prior to going to the restaurant, they had about 90 minutes of air time before we drank them. Fair amount of sediment in this wine.

Medium brick red, some cloudiness fading color. Some bricking at the edges. Barnyard/brett when first opened that fades as it opens. Nose was red fruits, herbs, garrigue, floral, tree bark. As it opened we picked up some honey caramel in the bouquet. Palate of red fruits, dried cherry, savory meats, pepper, smoke. Classic Grenache driven CdP...

Still a rich and powerful wine, now getting all the secondary characteristics that make Rhones both rustic and complex. A healthy decant is a must with this wine to allow it to show. Its in a great spot right now, the crowd loved this one. WOTN for about half (446 views)
 Tasted by EirikM on 6/24/2015 & rated 93 points: This is really singing. Complex and powerful, but fresh and wonderfully balanced for a CdP. Not at all tired, but hard to resist now. (611 views)
 Tasted by Harry Cantrell on 6/14/2015 & rated 92 points: Garnet. Nose much less Strawberry, more herbal. Taste was good, a touch hotness on the end. (772 views)
 Tasted by humagne on 6/8/2015 & rated 95 points: Very spicy nose, lots of herbs, some barnyard. Powerful and long on the palate. Tannins well resolved. In excellent shape! (1012 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 6/6/2015: Medium red with tawny edge, not complete clarity. A whiff of brett on the nose. Savory mix of bark, spices, and herbs in a medium bodied package. Some mature, faded red fruit. Gentle finish due to largely resolved tannins. This wine is at its full stage of maturity and just lovely to drink now. (1066 views)
 Tasted by ben f on 5/9/2015 & rated 91 points: A wine of sweetness and power. The vintage gives this wine greater balance than more extreme years. But it is still a bruiser even at 14 y.o. A big, Grenache driven heavy weight. Went well with the spicy pasta. A well made and interesting wine if you're into that style (1332 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 5/6/2015: Bottle from the lot with the smaller Premier Cru import label. Decanted an hour. Some bricking on the edges. Previous bottles had been a little sharp and tannic on the finish, but this bottle showed more mature and balanced. Drank well on its own and with food - a big wine but ready to drink now based on this bottle. A- (1435 views)
 Tasted by Le Monty on 4/26/2015: Some bricking, pepper, smoke, soy, touch of funk on nose. Sweet, sappy palate, but with good acidity and white pepper spice. Great match with grilled lamb chops. (1281 views)
 Tasted by hkm520240 on 4/1/2015 & rated 95 points: Blind tasting, red wine flight 2 wine #4. Medium ruby red with brick red hue.
Elegant and classic Rhone red nose with earth, subtle barnyard, red cherry fruits and warm leather.
It has a nice warm entry, with kirsch, dried cherry, earth, sweet leather. Nice suppleness with seamless mid-palate and solid structure. Long persistent finish with subtle spiciness and soft chewy tannins.
Showing beautifully tonight and my WOTN. (1204 views)
 Tasted by danielbleier on 3/30/2015 & rated 96 points: Fig, blackberry, smoke, grilled herb, and mushroom. Drank from a mag, this was still lively, with energy and a long finish (1795 views)
 Tasted by drhuangdk on 3/22/2015: My last bottle, sadly. This was seriously good. Beautiful vibrant color. A lot of white pepper on the nose, plus great herbs, wet leather etc. On the palate quite some tannins left, nice. The sweet grenache fruit was surprisingly intact. Quite some body to it as well. The earthy notes resembled a Burgundy wine, not uncommon for Pegau. Absolutely fantastic wine at this point. (1564 views)
 Tasted by EirikM on 3/15/2015 & rated 92 points: In a really nice place, this comes across as mature but still has proper grip in the long finish. I like the way it makes the gritty meaty and earthy aromas play so elegantly together with the kirsch liqueur, while also retaining a certain freshness. Rich but not over the top. There was a bit of stables, but not very bretty. Happy to have another two bottles left. (1489 views)
 Tasted by SteelerFan on 3/1/2015 & rated 95 points: Outstanding. Medium ruby color with great body. Little brett. Drinking beautifully with a lot of life. (1769 views)
 Tasted by Tomasio-1 on 2/27/2015 & rated 91 points: Drank at the same time with a 2000 vintage bottle. Surprisingly it was much more ripe, already lighter in the colour with brownish rim. also nose and palate with less primary notes. Some nice and smoth secondary notes, but not as great than the 2000. Guess it was a bottle variance... (1335 views)
 Tasted by winemaker on 2/18/2015 & rated 93 points: This bottle is a bit bretty, but still very good. Lovely garrigue and Provençal herbs. (1628 views)
 Tasted by cubswinws on 2/7/2015 & rated 92 points: Lovely wine with great almost delicate fruit and nice earthy finish. Drinking well at present. (1764 views)
 Tasted by swyang on 2/4/2015: Something clearly wrong with this bottle. Very angular, not withholding the fruit, as if it were going to nose dive into an early collapse... ah well, I guess this is one of the part of wine world... (1625 views)
 Tasted by beatles on 2/3/2015 & rated 95 points: Hitting on all cylinders tonight and certainly a cut above the Vieux Donjon 2001 tasted some days ago (albeit in a tough setting); this is rich with chocolate, sweet Grenache, game, garrigue, it shows wonderful broadness and length, a real old school neuf, just entering maturity. The score is conservative. (1762 views)
 Tasted by La Cave d'Argent on 2/1/2015 & rated 97 points: From a bottle purchased upon release and cellared in pristine fashion, this medium garnet wine was decanted from its sediment and allowed three hours in decanter prior to tasting. Black raspberries, garrigue, clove, cocoa and lavender jump from the glass and are followed by comparable flavors on the palate. Medium-bodied and with medium acidity, it has well-integrated alcohol (13.5%) and melted tannins. The flavors stay beautifully proportioned in the middle and the supple finish is very long. Fully mature and very complex, this Châteauneuf is nothing short of spectacular! Drink now-2017. (1655 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 1/27/2015: Decanted 90 minutes. This showed a slight bit of age in the color. This is one big, powerful CDP that has a lot of fruit, tobacco, barnyard but is also firm on the finishing tannins. Seems like it will be around a while, and may improve a bit with some age. You need to be in the mood for a big one, and right now I prefer the 98, 99 and '00 for their balance and finish. A-/? (1699 views)
 Tasted by Mtpisgah on 1/25/2015: Popped and poured. A brownish tint around the edges when in the glass. Lots of sediment but not the gritty kind, just cloudy so it did not affect the enjoyment of the bottle.
Tobacco, a little barnyard, but not brety. Very enjoyable. (1453 views)
 Tasted by cnichelson on 1/18/2015 & rated 93 points: Lots of sediment. Spice and richness. Dried fruit and earthiness. Had it Christmas Day and wish I wasn't sharing it with so many people . . . (1615 views)
 Tasted by jmoon on 1/14/2015 & rated 90 points: kinda good but kinda flabby
Looked a bit ox brown rim
Came and went but a bit over the hill (1731 views)
 Tasted by davergny on 1/2/2015 & rated 95 points: Outstanding bottle! A little restrained compared with other vintages, but a harmonious and well balanced CdP with some typical Pegau character, a little funk but no brett here. (1676 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 12/31/2014: Four French Wines To Ring It Out (Home): Slightly muddled ruby. A brief whiff of funk and then bark and tobacco. Medium weight but good glyceral, mouth coating feel. Ripe but not sweet, and nice background mix of herbs and leather. My sense is that this could still improve and resolve some of its tannin, with fruit that is deep and strong enough to last at least 2 or 3 more years while this happens. (1694 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, Delving into the Languedoc Roussillon, Issue #7 (3/28/2011)
(Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée) Login and sign up and see review text.   95+ points
By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, Bonus Reviews (1/3/2009)
(Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée) Login and sign up and see review text.   94 points
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, January/Febuary 2004, IWC Issue #112
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, January/February 2003, IWC Issue #106
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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

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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