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| ||Tasted by KenK on 7/16/2015 & rated 94 points: In a great place. Rich sweet black cherry fruit with black spices dominate the nose. Ripe, yet balanced well endowed fruit forward palate is truly both dense and vibrant. Full of spice, black berry, and classic hints of animal that creates complexly and depth. This was a real crowd please tonight! (724 views)|
| ||Tasted by paul195 on 6/21/2015 & rated 93 points: Continues to drink very well. That being said this bottle reflects that as this wine moves down the maturity curve its abundant fruit is being replaced by some additional complexity, it will be interesting to see this wine rebalances at the next point on the curve. (1132 views)|
| ||Tasted by Cote d'Or on 6/1/2015: PopnPour, tasted over 3 hrs|
-nearly opaque dark red, minimal bricking
-somewhat restrained with plum garrigue mature earthy elements
-med acidity, med/med- weight still some dark fruits mixed in with mature elements, texturally pretty, some chalky tannins (amplified by a bit of sediment) appear on long finish
-lovely CdP in early maturity with easily another 5 good years ahead of it (1638 views)
| ||Tasted by theonlylittledog on 5/4/2015 & rated 93 points: Great again. Great balance. (1980 views)|
| ||Tasted by thelostverse on 4/28/2015 & rated 89 points: Opened by Scotty at Simo. Second time I've had this wine in the last two years, and this was much worse than the prior bottle. Still a good wine, but not enough cherry, game and pepper I discerned in the previous bottle, and too much stewed tomatoes for my tastes. (1972 views)|
| ||Tasted by AllRed on 4/28/2015 & rated 94 points: Courtesy of Scott McDonald. Notes of red currant, dusty red fruit, garrigue, leather and earth. Fully-integrated and balanced, with red fruit, herbs, lavender, earth and white pepper. Long finish. This is drinking at peak in my opinion. Thank you, Scott! (1804 views)|
| ||Tasted by Jack on 4/24/2015 & rated 92 points: Nice again. (1730 views)|
| ||Tasted by Gregg G on 4/18/2015: This wine is like an old pair of jeans. Comfortable, reassuring and relaxed. Just a beautiful wine showing all the classic elements of CdP. The fruit has matured and this wine is in it's glory days (though it really never shut down since its release). The Pegau funk is there yet not nearly as funky as other vintages (again something I enjoy rather than criticize). Structurally, this wine retains acidity with resolved tannins and a velvety mouth feel. Served blind, guesses were Italian and Rhone. In a flight with 00 Janasse Chaupin. Paired with wild boar shoulder, hoisin, mushroom foam. (1637 views)|
| ||Tasted by rnellans on 3/26/2015 & rated 92 points: Big structure with some barnyard on the nose. Good fruit. It could use a few more years in the cellar. (1899 views)|
| ||Tasted by danstrings on 3/24/2015 & rated 92 points: Showing great almost a decade after my last one. Still youthful and bursting with brambly raspberry cassis fruit. Touch o' brett. Silky. Nice. (1959 views)|
| ||Tasted by Tomasio-1 on 2/27/2015 & rated 95 points: Garrigue and other spices, leather, meat, sweet fruit. Very elegant and harmonious. Ripe but not overripe. great balance, very drinkanimating. Perfect now. (1723 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 2/1/2015: From magnum with French labels. Decanted 30 minutes. Great showing, All the great elements of my last note, with maybe just a little more dark fruit and no dryness at all. Holding up better in this format and still drinking the best of all the Pegaus right now in my opinion. A (2235 views)|
| ||Tasted by paul195 on 1/29/2015 & rated 94 points: Northern vs Southern Rhones (Brooklyn Wine Exchange (BWe)): Decanted for 1 hour. Beautiful ruby color, initial nose showed a spicy red fruit core with hints of pepper. The palate shows beautifully, fresh spicy fruit core, integrated tannins, balanced, with a lively texture and persistant finish, just delicious. (2127 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 1/26/2015: From Vineyard Road lot (purchased on release and cellared since). Popped and decanted at room temperature. We got right into this and, like all the Vineyard Road bottles, this is in great shape and drinking really well. Wonderful wine with all the expected elements, and just great balance, that always scores a tad lower when I drink bottles I purchased from other sources - including from some very good cellars - but the Vineyard Road bottles are great, and I wish I had more of them. A (1996 views)|
| ||Tasted by whitmanlholt on 1/11/2015 & rated 92 points: Popped and poured. This is a solid ruby wine with some mild sediment at the end. On the nose, this is a bit stinky at first, but that blows off to leave some good herbs underneath. In the mouth, this is smooth and lush, with some modest fruit, structured acid, and mild tannin. The finish is somewhat plummy. Overall, this is nice aged CdP. It is delicious but a bit lacking in intensity. Ready now. 92 points. (2336 views)|
| ||Tasted by Munch on 1/6/2015 & rated 92 points: Opened 4 bottles for our dinner (22 people). There was very minor bottle variation in 3 that were all excellent. The 4th bottle concerned me at first with not much in the nose other than a metallic note but there was a bit of Pegau funk and red berry fruit. That funk/garrigue, and dark berry was more evident in the other bottles along with leather, and nice spicy note .. after a 2 hour decant the 4th bottle had closed the gap and all showed very nicely with a beautiful complexity of flavors typical of Pegau- red berries, herbs and a touch of garrigue. Great mouthcoating texture and moderate weight and finish. The fruit seems to have faded since my last sampling of this vintage so thinking it would be wise to enjoy the rest sooner rather than later. (2294 views)|
| ||Tasted by este on 12/31/2014 & rated 93 points: Decanted 1hour. Fine color with only a little garnet at the edge. Very perfumed upon openng with quite a bit of brett (which blew off after about 40 minutes), leather, raw beef, bacon grease, forest duff, mushrooms, cigar smoke and anise. Medium bodied, elegant and expressive with fruit and acid in good harmony. This is not as big, meaty and dense as some other vintages e.g. 1989, which is perhaps my favorite, but beauifully crafted with black raspberry, interesting minerality, kirsch and white pepper. I think it comes up a tad short mid-palate—fruit may be on its way out?—but the finish is very, very long. Drunk over 2 hours with Thomas Keller's Slow Cooker Cassoulet (recommended BTW as an “easy, rustic” cassoulet), the wine was a perfect match. Pegau continues to be one of my favorite wines. (1666 views)|
| ||Tasted by Nanda on 11/29/2014 & rated 93 points: Yumm - terrific rich nose with dark fruit, funk and smoked herbs. Palate has medium-to-full body with great texture and layers. Complex. Love this - so much going on. Long, herb-filled finish. (2356 views)|
| ||Tasted by William Kelley on 11/15/2014 & rated 93 points: The 2000 Pégau Réservée is at a beautiful stage of its evolution, bursting from the glass with ripe and sauvage aromas of plum, ethereal red cherry, herbs, woodsmoke and game. On the palate the wine is wide open, and quite open-knit in style, but with exceptional depth and intensity to the very complex flavors. This is just what I'm looking for in a bottle of Pégau, and a beautiful exemplar of this relatively forward vintage. (2759 views)|
| ||Tasted by paul195 on 11/12/2014 & rated 94 points: Really in a great place, see prior notes (2329 views)|
| ||Tasted by rocknroller on 11/7/2014 & rated 94 points: CDP and Spain, Plus Whites (Rincon 38, Mpls, MN): Very dark red color. PNP, drank 1 glass over an hour plus. Gorgeous, deep and earthy on the nose and palate, very floral on the nose, violets, ripe berry, cherry bon bon, earthy, blueberry, herb de Provence. The tannins are still moderate but rounded and this has a great deep earthiness to blend with the deep red and blue fruits, Bub's Daddy cherry palate, herbs, and a savory finish. Still youthful. (2481 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 11/1/2014: From the most recent auction purchase, from a good cellar, this was as previous bottles from this lot showed - good, well made wine, that is still showing its dark fruit and game, but just a bit short of great and time to drink up. A- (2262 views)|
| ||Tasted by swyang on 10/26/2014 & rated 92 points: Just entering its 3rd phase. Upon opening the funk is still there and quite strongly. Some like it and think that it adds another dimension to the wine, but for me quite the opposite, I do not appreciate it that much. About an hour later in the decanter it is all gone, thank goodness! The color is starting to be a bit more transparent than a few years ago, and approaching red brick color and the nose is of a beautiful pot pourri of flowers, wet earth and fruits, mingling with smoked bacon as well as a faint bit of soy sauce. On the palate, surprisingly tart texture, and not at all heavy headed, in fact the texture has gained in transparency/lightness that I definitely welcome and the flavors are of lavender, mix of red flowers, leather, wet earth and definitely smoky leaves and lavender leaves predominantly. This really has gained in finesse but the after a generous sip goes down a good gripping tanin from the wood leaves the palate quite dry and which did appear in the mid palate. Over all a beautiful example of this winery which for strange reasons is not that much appreciated in France... Cheers, (1922 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 10/18/2014 & rated 90 points: A nice CdP, with bright strawberry, cherry and raspberry fruit. A hint of lavendar, and garrigue. Well balanced, satisfying and correct, but not especially deep or complex. (2009 views)|
| ||Tasted by DSimmons on 10/9/2014 & rated 89 points: This was a nice CdP but far below my hopes for this bottling. In fast it was my last of a 6 pack and I would say the least enjoyable of the lot. Seemed that the acidity was overshadowing the fruit and the wine was a bit out of balance. Based on my notes my best bottle was about 18 months ago. Not sure if the wine is in a bit of a dumb phase or if it is fading? (2130 views)|
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|By Jeb Dunnuck|
The Rhone Report, Bonus Reviews (6/15/2008)
(Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée) Login and sign up and see review text.
|By Jeb Dunnuck|
The Rhone Report, Bonus Reviews (9/30/2007)
(Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée) Login and sign up and see review text. 96 points
|By Jeb Dunnuck|
The Rhone Report, Bonus Reviews (11/13/2006)
(Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée) Login and sign up and see review text. 95 points
|By Stephen Tanzer|
Vinous, January/February 2003, IWC Issue #106
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Vinous, January/February 2002, IWC Issue #100
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|By Richard Jennings|
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|By Richard Jennings|
(Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée) Bright red violet color; ripe cherry and sweet beef jus nose; tasty, young, tight, concentrated tart red fruit and garrigue, with a borscht note; medium-plus finish 94 points
|By Richard Jennings|
(Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée) Group's #2 (my #1) – 43 pts; 4, 1, 2, 0 – savory pepper nose, with beef extract; rich, peppery, tart cherry, sous bois, herbes de provence; medium-plus finish 93+ pts. 93 points
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 )