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 Vintage2007 Label 1 of 180 
TypeRed
ProducerDomaine du Pégaü (web)
VarietyRed Rhone Blend
DesignationCuvée Réservée
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionRhône
SubRegionSouthern Rhône
AppellationChâteauneuf-du-Pape
UPC Code(s)000002716114, 097871001571, 099993005406, 873922007439

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2028 (based on 86 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 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 334 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by rhalbert on 1/23/2016 & rated 94 points: Drank with Alcorn's. A really great Pegau. (1750 views)
 Tasted by beatles on 1/15/2016 & rated 91 points: First one from the case, has me puzzled; it is very much Pegau, and it is a lovely full bodied, very local neuf to drink, especially with meats, but it loosed out to the2006 on minerality and balance, as the 2007 seems just a little bit disjointed. The domaine had a very succesful 2003, so hopefully this will come around, find it's feet, certainly the stuffing is there. (2302 views)
 Tasted by pryby on 1/11/2016 & rated 88 points: Second bottle. This one had a bit more life then the first. For a few minutes, there was some interesting red fruit, but it faded quickly over the first glass. Still found this to be a heavy-tasting wine. A bit unbalanced and hot. Dark fruit. Meh. (2665 views)
 Tasted by redted on 1/10/2016: Drunk 3 weeks ago. Liked but a tad rich and still felt it needs time. Give another 2 years before next bottle. (2473 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 1/9/2016 & rated 95 points: In the bouquet good garrigue, red berries, some menthol and eucalyptus. On the palate sweet and ripe red fruits and a lot of herbs and spices, elegant acidity and round tannin with a soft bite. Beautiful and tasty wine in its young maturity stage now and it can last until well into the 2020’s. I have a few, so there will be follow ups :-). 94 – 95 (2858 views)
 Tasted by lvjohn on 12/26/2015 & rated 94 points: No notes (2560 views)
 Tasted by Cantenac Brown on 12/25/2015 & rated 91 points: Immediate nose of blackcurrants - one of the most dominating fruit smells straight from the bottle in some time. Once poured, the secondary aromas come to the forefront though with some musty old aromas hinting at a wine that could be 30 years old rather than the decade this is. Leathers, tobacco, and vintage antique wood.

Medium to full bodied with definite kick. Still fruity with cherries and blackcurrants, but sweet currants, mushrooms and Christmas cake come through. Tannins are well integrated but still remain and stick to the teeth for some time post each mouthful.

I drank this to celebrate Christmas with my mother and wife in Malaysia.

Can be drunk now, but suspect has another 10 years at least. Drink 2015-2025+ (1780 views)
 Tasted by Robert Pavlovich on 12/22/2015: Fairly nonplussed by this wine, consumed over an hour after opening. Shows sturdy structure, though slightly dilute fruit concentration, lacking complexity for me. Wasn't bad or off, just thought there'd be more interest. (2749 views)
 Tasted by Rezy13 on 11/17/2015: Tuesday Night Double Blind $50+ (Bin 75): Dark reddish violet core, cloudy, maroon rim; funky nose, earthy, briny olive, sour plum, black pepper, dusty, obvious brett; very dense but sour fruit on the palate, horsey, very Grenache driven, old school Cdp; a bit too much for me; nailed it. (3438 views)
 Tasted by walkerjfw on 11/13/2015 & rated 94 points: In our cellar, party for Lauren G. This was a late add for the evening, J/I stayed so we opened this after the 07 Sabon Prestige...splash decanted and drank over 45 minutes.

Medium color with a dark purple core. Nose was full of dark fruits and spice, bacon fat (really evolved in the glass). Dark fruits, cherry, spice, violet, oak. Medium/long finish

Was a good time to try this as I thought it was closed in its youth. Obviously a great CdP vintage, maybe just coming into its own. This is the more modern style CdP, richer and more fruit forward, traditionalists may not like it as much. Would really benefit from a decant, our last minute opening didn't allow for this - I would go for a couple hours decant for next bottle to do this justice...I think this will continue to evolve, drinking really well now (3679 views)
 Tasted by jonanator on 10/12/2015 & rated 93 points: Best showing for this wine so far. It is ripe - but I dont find it too ripe for my palate. Tons of spice, anise, licorice, and garrigue on the palate, this was a joy to drink after an hour in the decanter. Nicely integrated at this point with plenty of complex notes on the palate and on the nose. This is a phenomenal wine that will get better. (4573 views)
 Tasted by CWang on 10/11/2015 & rated 93 points: Also took about 3 hours of breathing in the bottle first; stewed dark fruits, graphite, mints, sweet spices, and some violets in the nose; the palate, more complex and creamier than the previous bottle opened last February, dark berries and cherries, mild spices, and a touch of dry oak again; medium+ long finish too; overall, 92-93 points at this stage; still not quite there to me though. (4716 views)
 Tasted by Philippe_C on 10/10/2015 & rated 98 points: This wine was very closed in it's youth (I even had doubts about it...) but now it is fully open and singing!! Very pegau ripe and modern nose, oriental spices, bacon fat, licorice, herbes de Provence... Super delicate at start, but building up in the mouth, this is a great Pegau as I like them at their best. I can't believe how this wine improved over the last years... I still learn about Chateauneuf every day :-) (3817 views)
 Tasted by Jurgens on 10/9/2015 & rated 93 points: Outstanding and great to start drink now and next 18 month (3706 views)
 Tasted by pryby on 10/2/2015 & rated 83 points: Not very impressed. Granted Southern Rhone is not really my thing.
Decanted and waited about 90 mins. Drank over 4 hours.
Interesting nose: black cherry, a little wet earth.
Taste is a bit unbalanced for my palate. The first glass had an odd umami/soy sauce character but that dissipated quickly. Otherwise, dark fruit, dried bing cherries, plum/prune. A little hot in the mouth. Wish there was more acid or tannin to carry the finish.
Maybe a bum bottle given some of the other reviews - I have one more in cellar, so we'll see... (3631 views)
 Tasted by cpsmith33 on 9/16/2015 & rated 91 points: no formal notes (3853 views)
 Tasted by KVM on 8/16/2015 & rated 90 points: Dark. Raspberries and loam -not completely clean. Medium body, concentrated, liqueur-like intensity, savory too. Very good. (4190 views)
 Tasted by Collector1855 on 8/9/2015 & rated 94 points: Consistent to my note two years ago. Medium garnet. Expressive nose of dark fruit, meat, vegetables, barnyard intermixed with red fruit and sweet spices. Aromas are very distinctive and if you have to like the French barnyard style (which you often find in Bordeaux as well) this is your wine. On the palate full bodied but feeling light for its alcohol percentage, very good acidity and soft, dissolved tannins. Fully mature, drinks with pleasure. (4277 views)
 Tasted by Matt D on 8/8/2015 & rated 92 points: Well integrated. Slight garnet in color at the rim. Nose showing some fruit including dark cherry, blackberry and black currant. Also some oak notes along with hints of floral, black pepper and cut grass. 45 sec of nice finish with slight leather on the back of the palate. Enjoyable wine with nice balance that should have 10-15 yrs of life ahead if cellared properly. (3981 views)
 Tasted by mdonovan on 7/24/2015 & rated 87 points: Vin carafé 45mn puis bu sur 45mn.
Robe rouge moyen, nez sur la cerise, bouche fruité (cerise) mais très tannique, note de boisé (vanille) pas très bien intégré. Vin ni large, ni long.
Ne vaut pas plus que les 35€ payés et encore. (4763 views)
 Tasted by jonanator on 7/4/2015 & rated 91 points: A very ripe and forward wine. I am not sure I would have pegged this as a CdP if tasted blind. Very good wine and although ripe, it was very much in balance. Showed well from pnp, but I think there is more in store. Will try next bottle in a year or two. (4642 views)
 Tasted by wineduggery on 6/27/2015 & rated 91 points: The best 07 CdP I've had. Some prune, but it doesn't predominate. Downright tasty with steak. (4234 views)
 Tasted by Loekkeboe on 6/5/2015 & rated 93 points: Very good CdP. Nose is at first quite bordeaux-like, with lilac and currant. Eventually some more rhonelike aromas appear.

Palate is smooth and quite developed.

Will hold - but the bottle we had was quite mature. (4836 views)
 Tasted by redted on 5/23/2015: Loved it. Decanted 1 hour. (ok didn't wait a couple of years). Nose of blackberries and very CNDP. Palate had strawberry, blueberry, mocha and vanilla. Lovely weight and texture. Just starting to drink well. Must wait until 10 years before next bottle (2017). Very nice indeed. (4792 views)
 Tasted by jaumealaska on 5/17/2015 & rated 94 points: Garrigue in the nose with red and dark fruits, spice. Body is well balanced with smooth tannins and long finish. Tasted better into the evening--opened an hour before starting. Stood up well in a field of Beaucastel Autard and Vieux Telegraphe. I love this wine. will drink over the next 5 years. (5001 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, Issue #11 (3/18/2012)
(Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée) Login and sign up and see review text.   96 points
By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, A focus on Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Issue #5 (8/31/2010)
(Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée) Login and sign up and see review text.   97 points
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, January/February 2010, IWC Issue #148
(Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reservee) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, Current releases from the South of France, Issue #1 (8/1/2009)
(Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée) Login and sign up and see review text.   94-96 points
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, January/February 2009, IWC Issue #142
(Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reservee) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (12/10/2008)
(Pegau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (11/6/2010)
(Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée) Very dark red violet color; smoky, tobacco, tart black fruit nose; tobacco, tart black fruit, smoke, garrigue palate, heading toward cigar box; medium-plus finish  93 points
By Jon Rimmerman
Garagiste (5/4/2010)
(PEGAU Cuvee Reservee CdP) Pegau

Dear Friends,

Tonight's offer does not require a long diatribe or dissertation.

The more I taste this wine, the more I'm convinced it is one of the finest wines of the 2007 campaign (not surprising). While not as raw as certain vintages of Pegau, it is still produced in a singular style that has become all too difficult to find in the Southern Rhone - one of tradition and reflection. If you are looking for 2007 birth-year wine (a 21st birthday perhaps?), this would be an enticing candidate as the track record is there for spectacular ageing and it will certainly increase in value due to the aura that surrounds 2007 and the eventual rarity that will follow it into adulthood.

While tempting to drink now, I wouldn't touch a bottle for at least 10 years and preferably 15.

ONE SHIPMENT ONLY of the 2007.

This wine has arrived with impeccable provenance:

2007 Domaine de Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Reservee

Thank you,

Jon Rimmerman
Garagiste
Seattle, WA

Rhone3489
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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.

2007 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

75% Grenache
20% Syrah
5% being made up of Mourvedre, Counoise and other varieties

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

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.

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
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

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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