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Saturday, March 30, 2013 - It might be a bit blasphemous to follow up listening to John Sainters Crucifixion with a bottle of Pègaü on Good Friday, but a sinner's gotta do what a sinner's gotta do...
Let's get out of the way that this is young. Let's get out of the way that it's going to get better. But let's remember that this is one lovely wine already. There is something about Pègaü that teleports me to southern France. The lavender, the juicy herbs, the meatiness, the frivolous fruit (raspberries, cassis, sloes ...), the power that comes in a very slender and balanced body. The only thing that's not particularly southern French is the oriental spice. Acidity is perfect, tannins are there but so ripe, so sweet and they make the taste go back and forth in waves for ages. It works wonders with our lamb and potato gratin and it's a beauty on it's own as well. I don't care much for points, but I understand the thought of 97-99 RP - especially in a few years.

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  • Comment posted by robw:

    3/31/2013 12:09:00 AM - Really nice notes from you again, Billy:). It seems that the 010 vintage in Southern Rhone will be one for the record books. A good vintage to have in one's cellar.

  • Comment posted by Billy Swan:

    3/31/2013 2:50:00 AM - Thanks robw! Yeah, 2010 is right up my alley. As expected, the fruit is there, but there's so much backbone in many wines with minerality, acidity and perfectly ripe tannins. I love 2007 in the region, but I'm beginning to think that in general, 2010 has the better future.

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