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 Vintage2008 Label 1 of 72 
ProducerDomaine du Pégaü (web)
VarietyRed Rhone Blend
DesignationCuvée Réservée
SubRegionSouthern Rhône
UPC Code(s)097871001571

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2020 (based on 37 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 90.9 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 362 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by @VisserMartijn on 7/29/2015 flawed bottle: Probably just a bad bottle, but not 100% sure. (556 views)
 Tasted by soyhead on 7/15/2015: Nose - blackberry, plum, hints of soy sauce
Mouth - in 07/15 drinking much more open than the '09. Here I can appreciate the fruit much more and get less coffee and funk. Juicy big and balanced. More acidic than the '09. Excellent (1233 views)
 Tasted by rsbeck on 7/14/2015 & rated 93 points: Popped, poured, consumed over next hour, performed beautifully from first sip to last. (1290 views)
 Tasted by daniel.jay on 7/7/2015 & rated 90 points: Brett and fruit, smooth, tasty. I like this wine, but the brett is strong enough that it only works with certain food pairings e.g. works great with stinky cheese, overwhelmed chicken w/ pan sauce. (1211 views)
 Tasted by GalvezGuy on 6/30/2015 & rated 92 points: Nose of black raspberry, leather, hints of bret, sage, and anise. On the palate, raspberry, leather, smoked meat, melted licorice and herbs. Nice finish. This one showed a hint of bret but not enough to overwhelm. Drink over the next few years. I don't think it gets better than this for this wine. (1463 views)
 Tasted by french16 on 6/28/2015: Great bottle. Textbook CdP, earthy, ripe but not over done. Drinks well right now and not for long term ageing. (1229 views)
 Tasted by GK449 on 6/13/2015: Not a good bottle. Imbalanced and muted flavors. (1281 views)
 Tasted by galewskj on 5/31/2015 & rated 92 points: Having drank all 6 bottles I bought from Premier Cru, I was given 3 more bottles by a generous fellow wineberserker who strongly disliked it. I was curious to try it, as I've wondered if there was bottle/lot variation at Pegau. Getting some confirmed "bad" bottles from someone may help me understand.

Slow o'd for a couple hours and served to a group of 6. This wine was consistent with my previous experiences. There is funk here, and quite a bit. It is of the barnyard variety, not clean funk, but I've had dirtier funk than this. This bottle also seems more advanced, with some nice secondary components showing up - forest floor, olive, smoke, tar, earth. The fruit is mostly red, dark cherry and plum. I swear there is a cola flavor mixed in with the fruit. Tannins are surprisingly mild as well. This improved throughout the evening. But the next day, the funk had increased to a significant level while a lot of the secondary characteristics have disappeared. I’m drinking the last sips of it now, and I still enjoy it, but it was considerably better yesterday.

As for the rest of the tasters, 3 people declared it completely undrinkable, 1 other person liked it quite a bit, and 1 person was indifferent. Several disparanging comments were issued toward Pegau and this wine particularly. One gentleman was extremely vocal about his disdain for the wine, how he couldn't drink it because it was so poopy. This gentlemen does like CDP in general, and I do not dismiss his opinion. However, I personally think he affected some of the other drinkers present with his adamant discontent. I saw this behavior in reverse at a CDP tasting I organized a while back, where a “leader” in the group of 12 people extolled the virtues of the 2008 Pegau. At that tasting, everyone seemed to like the wine as a convincing expert explained its goodness. This time, with the loudest voice in the room being very very critical, most people disliked it.

Overall, I’m grateful for being given the wine, grateful to confirm that I like Pegau in all it’s funky goodness, and very grateful to see the polarizing opinions towards the same bottle of it. (1659 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 5/23/2015 flawed bottle: Overly bretty and heavy spritz from secondary fermentation that didn't improve after 24 hrs. Worst bottle so far. With the cost of averaging-out the bad bottles this ended up being a pretty poor value. (1566 views)
 Tasted by dchoo077 on 5/11/2015 & rated 90 points: PnP. Similar to the bottle I had 6mths ago. Spritzy, bretty, gamey, earthy and a bit of spicy. This wine runs the gamut of flavours and keeps things interesting. Still enough fruit to keep going for a couple more years but really no reason to wait. Tannins are well integrated. Medium minus finish. (1810 views)
 Tasted by SpoochMan on 5/5/2015 & rated 92 points: Coravin taste. Brett on the nose initially but blew off after 15 min, leaving red fruit and lovely florals on the nose. On the palate, this is fresh and lively with bright red fruits, nice balancing acidity, and just a touch of gaminess for nuance. Mid-weight, but really nice for its balance and freshness. Like this much better than the 07 Donjon tasted alongside. This was a great bargain at $28. (1816 views)
 Tasted by Derek Darth Taster on 4/24/2015 & rated 93 points: Free-flow Wagyu Beef Dinner and drinks (EN Dining Bar + Pine Close): Pop and poured.
Appearance is clear, deep intensity, ruby colour. Legs.
Nose medium+ intensity, with aromas of damp earth, smoky grilled meat, barnyard/horse stable/furry wild animal, spiced herbs and black pepper, licorice, dark black fruit, olive tapenade. Very complex nose. No doubt there is a Brett element here. Developing.
On the palate, dry, medium acidity, medium+ alcohol, medum+ tannins, full body. Medium+ flavour intensity, with flavours of grilled smoky meat, dark damp earth, leather, pepper, olive tapenade, dark redcurrant, black cherry, and a deep sweet core of licorice. Long finish.
Very good quality. Nice early drinking from the difficult 2008 vintage. Can still develop a bit more over the next 3-4 years.
The kind of wine for lovers of Brett and open-minded individuals. (1977 views)
 Tasted by sleepyhaus on 4/16/2015: My first Pegau, and I thought it was stellar. Normally I despise CdP for being overripe, bitter, and laden with cough medicine qualities, or, if not, then it tends towards simple and boring. This was none of that. I will be honest, there was a ton of brett. A lot. But it added interest for me, not the opposite. The fruit was sweet, pure and vibrant. I liked it a lot and will be a buyer in the future. (1944 views)
 Tasted by Trorer on 4/13/2015 & rated 87 points: a little old and flat (1764 views)
 Tasted by jerhardt on 4/5/2015 & rated 91 points: A nice Pegau. Riper and denser than I was expecting. Yes, there is some Brett, but no more than in other years. I find this very attractive and a steal,at the closeout price. (1531 views)
 Tasted by arthrovine on 4/5/2015 flawed bottle: Absolutely undrinkable brett bomb. Way more than anything I've ever experienced outside of a micro lab. (1658 views)
 Tasted by arthrovine on 4/5/2015: the 2 and 3rd bottles of this wine opened in a fist of fury for a party.

These 2 mirrored my May 2013 experience. Fantastic wine; olive briny savagery in a bottle.

So much damn bottle variation in 1 case sourced from same place at same time.... (1890 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 4/3/2015: Rubinröd m tegelkant
Ganska stor doft av körsbär o blå plommon, garrigue, fat och en aning plåster
Drygt medelfyllig ännu ganska outvecklad, kärbär, plommon, sval syra, markerade tanniner, grillkol, ett stänk brett, örter i eftersmaken,
8,5p+ (1597 views)
 Tasted by dke on 3/10/2015 & rated 91 points: Cherries, strawberries, meat and earth. Very pretty nose, tasty and full bodied palate. Nice bitter earth notes and hints of stems complement the fruit. Medium tannins, nice acidity. This bottle was very tasty, not much barnyard on this one. Equally good on first and second night. (2163 views)
 Tasted by pilot360 on 3/8/2015: Olive tampenade , charred smoking ember, dill, a good bit of funkiness.
Fantastic palate, lush, integrated, full finish.
I could drink this every day.
Outstanding . (1964 views)
 Tasted by king-bing on 2/25/2015 & rated 90 points: Lovely on opening. Real sense of place; baked earth, black olive notes tell you where you are. Light on it's feet. After about 2 hours, this had faded a little: a touch watery and a shortish finish. Maybe a little closed too. Drink sooner I'd say. (2247 views)
 Tasted by Gregg G on 2/15/2015: Another very good bottle. I have trouble detecting any over powering brett so far in 5 of 6 btls I've drank of this stuff. I am somewhat tolerant of brett but not if it overpowers. What I do notice is lovely bright red fruit with garrigue. Not as horsey or animal as older vintages of Pegau (95-99). Lively acid keeps this fresh and helps carry the finish. As I said in my first TN in 2013, wish I bought a case. (2293 views)
 Tasted by Outplaying on 2/8/2015: My last of four bottles. I wish I had bought more when I had the chance at $30 each as they have helped me keep my hands of the other vintages. This bottle showed much like the first few. Smells nice with soy, mineral, bloody meat juices and dark fruit. Leaner than most vintages, the fruit is dark in tone. More black than red. Lighter bodied and very dry. Shows better after being open for a few hours so give it a some air. Not a blockbuster, but very solid. (2189 views)
 Tasted by mmcdds on 1/31/2015 & rated 89 points: Big, bold cdp tonight. (2001 views)
 Tasted by Nutty08 on 1/24/2015 & rated 89 points: Quite spritzy upon opening, needed a good shake to get out the fizz. This left the bottle a little flabby, but nice red fruits, barnyard funk, and tons of spice cake. Typical Pegau in a lighter, accessible style. Tons of bottle variation here, which in my experience may be due to importer. (2217 views)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (11/19/2012)
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By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, Issue #9 (9/25/2011)
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By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, Delving into the Languedoc Roussillon, Issue #7 (3/28/2011)
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By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, March/April 2011, IWC Issue #155
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By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, A focus on Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Issue #5 (8/31/2010)
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By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, January/February 2010, IWC Issue #148
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (4/27/2012)
(Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée) Medium dark red violet color; brett, tart roasted plum nose; bretty, tart black fruit, roasted fruit, tart berry palate; medium-plus finish  90 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

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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