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 Vintage1997 Label 1 of 63 
ProducerDomaine du Pégaü (web)
VarietyRed Rhone Blend
DesignationCuvée Réservée
SubRegionSouthern Rhône

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2004 and 2012 (based on 4 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 88.5 pts. and median of 88 pts. in 32 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by pbaek on 6/17/2015: My last bottle and a perfectly mature bottle of Pegau from a softer vintage, however, providing lots of pleasure with its tertiary flavors in a leaner style. Good, old-school neuf. (115 views)
 Tasted by kurishin on 12/25/2013 & rated 87 points: Musty, damp nose. Forest floor. Distinctive Pegau palate, the blend's complexity coming through, though not quite like other Pegau's I've had in the past. Tannins still present and in force, which is surprising given the age. This wine should be peaking now. What to do? More age probably. Vanilla notes on the palate/finish indicate oak's influence. I have another bottle that I will now keep for several more years. (1753 views)
 Tasted by GRAPE JUICE on 1/22/2013 & rated 88 points: Alcohol :: 14%
Decanted for 5hrs. Beautiful bouquet of barnyard, earth, grilled herbs and spices intermixed with dried fig and sour cherry. Highly focus with good complexity. Medium bodied, mature and pleasing. Lean but with good flavors complexity and delineation. Still amazingly fresh and grippy at the back end of the spicy, very long lingering finish. Nice. (3059 views)
 Tasted by Bistrobro1 on 12/19/2012: really good and much underrated (2773 views)
 Tasted by Dave Dalluge on 8/7/2012 & rated 91 points: Mostly French at Tilia's: This is my second bottle of this in the last few days and both were lovely. This has an understated but extremely pleasant nose featuring red fruit, garrigue, mineral and some floral notes. Maybe a bit lean on the palate, but with a nice rush of flavor and really good balance. For drinking today, I preferred this to the '05 Pegau Cuvee Laurence served beside it. I'd recommend drinking these now, as they are likely at or past peak. (3652 views)
 Tasted by johnh1001 on 8/3/2012 & rated 88 points: Drank over 1 hour. Did not decant. Surprisingly good with pretty strawberries on the nose with some wood and other spices. Same on the palate, but a little thin and a shortish finish that was a little sour. Still, an easy to drink wine with low acidity and nice considering the vintage. (3331 views)
 Tasted by urbanfarmer on 5/29/2012 & rated 88 points: Fruit still intact. Soft tannins, moderate to low acidity. Very enjoyable. (2195 views)
 Tasted by urbanfarmer on 5/25/2012 & rated 88 points: Good fruit. Low to moderate acidity and tannin. Delicious . (1385 views)
 Tasted by french16 on 5/20/2012: What a great CdP. Very complex both on the nose/palate. Barnyard notes disappearing with air (yes, maybe a touch of brett). Floral with violets intermixed with plenty of meaty notes (somehow hanger steack jumped at me). Ripe strawberry, dark cherry and cassis with leather and licorice. Powerful but weightless on the palate, beautiful balance with a very long finish on fresh licorice. Everything you're looking for in a classic Chateauneuf.
Plenty of years left in this baby. (1250 views)
 Tasted by Dave Dalluge on 3/28/2012 & rated 87 points: Popped and poured. I had slightly higher expectations for this, but it is a nice wine for the vintage. Started out with tons of iron/mineral on the nose and a bit tart/lean on the palate, but really seemed to put on weight and develop over the course of about two hours. I'll definitely Audouze my next bottle for 2-4 hours and see if the showing can improve. (1361 views)
 Tasted by rpenn77 on 3/12/2011 & rated 83 points: Very disappointing. (2418 views)
 Tasted by IAMVLAD on 10/21/2010 & rated 92 points: wow. this one fooled me. i'd been unimpressed with prior bottles from this vintage. this bottle, however, was so much better. with a bit of breathing it opened up to exhibit an aroma of leather and spice. the taste was a tad barnyardy but so typical of the roasted fruit of the southern rhone in general, and chateuneuf in particular. it was consumed before i could get a read on whether it would evolve too quickly like past bottles.

perhaps it was the company. (2611 views)
 Tasted by pbaek on 10/17/2010: The 1997 Pegau is fully mature now and as such a good example of how traditionally made, mature Chateauneuf can taste with flavors of garrigue, leather, smoke and dried cherry fruit. It's a wine that one would enjoy in the autumn with a steak or lamb as we did at Union Square Cafe in NYC. Next to the 2001 Pierre Usseglio, however, the Pegau was less structured and the fruit not as powerful which easily could be explained by the 4-year age difference and the fact that 1997 was a less stellar year than 2001 in the Southern Rhone. Perfectly acceptable though, and enjoyable. (2693 views)
 Tasted by IAMVLAD on 8/31/2010 & rated 84 points: similar experience to last. simply a light wine from a light vintage. (2782 views)
 Tasted by IAMVLAD on 8/9/2010 & rated 85 points: i've been drinking the 98 pegaus recently and this 97 came up very short in compoarison. fairly simple wine without any real complexity. as it sat in the glass, it started fading rather quickly. drink up! (2857 views)
 Tasted by pbaek on 5/13/2010: Lot's of farmyard on the nose from the get-go and lots of garrigue, leather, tobacco and smoke but very little fruit. Also, just a tad austere, almost bitter and it got me wondering what has happened here since the last time I consumed a bottle. However after 3 hrs of aeration, the fruit firmed up considerably (dried and dusty cherry fruit) and the wine smoothed out nicely. While the 1994 Mourre du Tendre appeared much younger, fresher and more elegant, the Pegau caught up somewhat towards the end of the evening. A bit on the rustic side, but quite nice and not as overwhelming and overpowering as Pegau can be in better vintages. (3011 views)
 Tasted by Chuck Miller on 1/1/2010: Leathery, but not much barnyard on the nose. The brett shows up more on the palate. Overly concentrated on the attack, with a finish that is really not that pleasant, almost thick. Feel like cutting it with a little water! Barely falls in the 'good' category on the scale if I scored wine. (3290 views)
 Tasted by pbaek on 12/19/2009: In a pretty good spot right now and a nice contrast to the spoofy 1999 Chaupin. Here we have a lot of garrigue, farmyard, black olives and dried cherry fruit. Still a substantial wine, but not as big-scaled as in great years. I left what equates to a glass for the next day in the open bottle and there was no deterioation which suggest there's plenty of years left to enjoy this. A pleasant rather than great bottle. (3231 views)
 Tasted by Eric on 8/1/2009 & rated 89 points: Not the best Pegau but still lovely. Lots of classic iodine, horse sweat and garrigue notes. Such a nice core to this wine. Sweet Grenache. Dried herbs. Lovely. (3771 views)
 Tasted by peblin on 10/30/2008: Domaine de Pègaü vertical tasting with Munskänkarna (Stockholms Vinkällare): Varm, touch of burnt (almost South-African Pinotage) smell. Open, a bit animal taste with medium-low (for a Pegau) acidity. (4173 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 9/13/2008 & rated 86 points: This rating reflects where it is at right now for me. There is some nice stuff going on here, but it hasn't bloomed yet. (3943 views)
 Tasted by nwk on 1/9/2008: Horsey, bretty, band aid, funk and some medicinal notes- not pleasant. Spicy, funky, full and rich. Some heat, a bit shorter than others in the flight. Seems compacted and drying with flavors that are not as lengthy. (4089 views)
 Tasted by rpenn77 on 11/4/2007 & rated 87 points: Soft tannins, with barnyard nose. Smoky with a touch of sweetness on the palate. A little short on the finish. Not outstanding but great with a grilled pepper steak. (4235 views)
 Tasted by jkoenen on 8/18/2007 & rated 90 points: Exploring Chateauneuf-du-Pape @ Peter Z. (Belgium): Liked the bouquet a lot! Lovely spiciness, bright, clean and well-focussed in its fragrance. Coarse-grained structure, completely mature and ready to drink. Good combination of tertiary characteristics and youthful vivaciousness. Excellent. 17.5/20 (1615 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 7/1/2007 & rated 94 points: Barnyard in the bouquet, but sooo beautiful! Complex, spicy, juicy and in a perfect drinking stage. Not much more notes; I was too busy enjoying. (4354 views)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, January/February 2000, IWC Issue #88
(Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reservee) Subscribe to see review text.
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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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