Son Ryan brought this from his cellar to a family celebration dinner. This was tight and a bit closed with the fruits subdued and overtaken by a layer of black tea, tobacco leaf, with hints of creosote over the black berry fruits. This needs bold zesty bar-be-que to offset the tight firm black fruits and non-fruit layer.
This wine underperformed in my opinion. I know 2003 was a very hot vintage but the wine was almost an Amarone style wine. Deep, very hot, very grape-y, chewy, brooding wine. You could almost taste the texture of the grape skins in this wine. While other 2003 Pegau's were wonderful, this one wasn't as pleasing as I'd hoped. Opened for 30 minutes before drinking then after 1 hour after tasting it started to mellow out and take it's full stride.
Totally magic in a bottle. This profound 2003 Pégaü Cuvée Réservée displays abundant classical Grenache fruit. Kirsch, raspberry, blackberry and sun warm strawberries emerges with some time in the glass. The wine is perfectly mature but still has many years to go in the cellar. The nose in this bottle is as clean as all other 2003s I have tasted. After some time in the glass cinnamon, Asian spice box and tea leaves reveal themselves. The palate is lovely. It is perfectly integrated with a lovely acidity, velvety tannins and a length on the finish which goes on forever. Without a doubt, this is a profound wine with awesome complexity, elegance and power. (score is 98+)
The above tasting note is for the first bottling of this wine.
This wine was just spot on tonight! Nose of truffles, grilled meat, spices, sweet cherries, pepper, a hint of barn and garrigue. The palate is juicy, with fine and lovely sweet red fruit, spices, not in any way heavy, and with a perfect balance with the fruit just slightly drying out in the end and with the tannins still present. This should still be good for quite some time, but i cannot imagine it being any better than it was tonight... Only regret is, that i only have 1 bottle left:-(
Took perhaps 1/4 bottle on Monday evening. Put cork back in and bottle in fridge. Remainder of bottle was as good as ever, if not better, on Friday evening. Amazing wine, apparently with many years to go.
Spring Warm Up Tasting (The Lyon's Tree House): Four hour decant. If you're not into savory wines, don't open this (I'll buy yours!). This has nice fruit (Kirsch, fig, raspberry) but the experience is all about the leather, iron, wet underbrush, licorice, and spice notes that go on and on. Drinking great, has five years easy.
Tasted alongside a 1998 Beaucastel and and 2001 Vieux Telegraphe La Crau, this won hands down. It was young, vibrant, and brimming with life. By comparison, the La Crau was very good but more austere, and the Beaucastel (sadly) seemed over the hill...
Decanted over 3.5 hrs and then consumed over the next 90 minutes. It was very tight when first opened so I definitely recommend decanting. Good fruit and some mineralogy on the mid palate and nice finish.
Un vin qui est clairement à maturité, plus fin et moins spectaculaire qu'autrefois. Doux et subtilement épicé, il semble sur son plateau voire au début de son déclin, ce qui est tout de même un peu décevant. Il n'a pas développé de complexité extraordinaire comme il annonçait en jeunesse. C'est délicieux tout de même, simplement en-dessous des attentes élevées. Ce vin a toutefois connu beaucoup de variation selon les bouteilles, alors je ne peux être certain de ce que les autres auront à nous montrer. 91 pts
Nice dark garnet. Great purity of fruit, with both red and black fruits shining through beautifully in the nose along with cola. Sweet red fruits with vanilla. Apart from that Fairly non-descript, albeit tasty.
Time to check in again. Pop and pour into a decanter, didn't last very long. In the glass, dark saturated red with the first signs of auburn. The aromatics are exceptional: raspberries, bacon fat, forest floor, currants. Very inviting nose. On the palate, smooth and complex, with equal proportions of fruit, high-toned notes of aging, and beef blood minerality. With a steak, just about perfect.
Decanted two hours. Seems fairly evolved for its relative youth. However this is not a criticism in so much as it drank wonderfully this evening. Stunning nose of raspberry, barnyard, roses, meat and earth that presented ever-shifting nuances with each new sniff, let alone glass. The palate was equally impressive with some powerful layers of fruit and savour cosetted beautifully by the soft mouthfeel that age confers. Up to now I had been fairly bewildered by the scores given here as the nose had never presented so much complexity and the barnyard aspect seemed overly prominent. Much the most enjoyable of the three bottles I bought and, need I even say it, my last.
Very enjoyable, but didn't knock me off my feet as I assumed it would based on reviews. Especially in the nose, it felt slightly muted, possibly just bottle variation. Overall, still a great wine, filled with raspberry, kirsch, loads of current, truffle, barnyard, herbs, and picked up bits of chocolate with air. Paired beautifully with a goat cheese gnocchi. Would like to try another bottle in a couple years.
Wow wine. Right out of the bottle incredible beautiful light ruby color, with terrific aromas coming at me as I decanted. Nose has spicy blackberries, currant and jam. Delicious stuff. Nice long palate. Really well balanced. I get a (very) tiny bit of heat on the finish, but altogether great. Ready to drink. So sad it's my last bottle! One of the better CDPs I remember.
Note: after another hour in the glass post the above, two thoughts: this is darn close to perfect, and there's enough tannin masking fruit that maybe this still improves after a couple of years.
"Simple" Midweek Dinner - (Imperial Treasure, Asia Square) (Imperial Treasure, Asia Square): Really good – it bore some of the marks of the hot 2003 vintage, but somehow still came across as a very enjoyable, well-balanced CDP. Decanted for 2 hours before serving, this started with a sunny nose of ripe cherries and blueberries sprinkled with bits spice and bramble and garrigue, then notes of dried earth, stone and little nutty accents. A nicely complex nose. The palate was rich, thick and very textured, with fine, powdery tannins framing gorgeous flavours of ripe red cherries and berries along with more savoury tones of meat and earth. dried herbs and garrigue. Lovely – this had tons of complexity and character in the midst of its ripe 2003 fruit. It was beautifully balanced too, with deeply integrated acidity keeping the wine nicely poised. The vintage character showed up again in the slightly drying finish, but even then, it opened up nicely on the backpalate in time to show mouthcoating notes of sweet red fruit, nicely seasoned with herbs and spices. This still has a long future ahead of it, but it was already showing quite nicely with some time in the decanter. This would be interesting to try again in 3-4 years’ time.
Decanted 2 hours, garrique, blood, meaty with white flowers and rose pedals on nose. Black & raspberry licorice, with green & black olive. Smoked, cured meats with black truffle & hint of spice box on long finish. On third day, the red fruits opened up. Silky smooth tannins with perfect acidity! Top CNDP I've ever drank!
Wow, people are raving about this wine here on CT. Fun to read. My 8th bottle of 12, and it is great now. Very complex and typical nose with thyme, horse manure, dark fruit and some forest floor. It has shed all of its fruit heaviness from 2003 and it is a very well integrated and complete wine today. Has not changed much since last year. Sweet attack and very nice mid palate with great stringent acidity and good length. Will have many years left. I could however never give a CnDP 99-100 points. But I agree that this is as good as it gets in CnDP (apart from Rayas…)
(at Petit Louis – Baltimore) I just love this wine. Essence of Chateuneuf. Classic garrague aromatics and flavor in a full, rich yet balanced package. Coates the mouth with flavor and viscosity without being the slightest bit heavy or overbearing (though it is no wallflower). Finishes well. (97)
Garnet red. Amazing nose of Kirsch, black cherries and herbal notes. Big, powerful wine but very well balanced. Structural elements still there but not needing more time. Full body, black cherry, pine, and a slightly smokey element towards the end. Long, long finish. About as good as CdP gets. http://www.advinetures.ca/hot-off-the-vine/2003-domaine-du-pegau-chateauneuf-du-pape-cuvee-reservee/
Popped and poured and not the best of stemware, this showed dark, primary fruit and maybe a hint more tannin to resolve. Very good, and I expect this will get better so will likely wait a little bit or decant further, vs. the older vintages which are drinkning well right now. A-/?
"4 months after the Coravin tasting" - checking the remaining wine (Osteria da Fiorella): 4 months after Coravin tasting - remaining half bottle as if untouched dark red-purple color. rustic nose with a pleasant mix of funk, leather, barnyard, kirsch, and a prominent garrigue note followed by a smoke palate has good intensity, powerful, full bodied, dark berries, vibrant, concentrated, fig paste, licorice, spiced, meaty, pepper. the roast meat and spice stand out on the long finish.
Chateauneuf du pape tasting (my home): double decanted to an empty bottle, sediments removal and back to original bottle. consumption an hour later. dark red-purple color. rustic nose with a pleasant mix of funk, leather, barnyard, kirsch, and a prominent garrigue note followed by a smoke palate has good intensity, powerful, full bodied, dark berries, vibrant, concentrated, fig paste, licorice, spiced, meaty, pepper. the roast meat and spice stand out on the long finish. this was a truly impressive wine and the best of the evening.
Great nose of red and black fruit, saddle leather and cured beef. Rich palate, with intense concentration of cherry liquor, macerated raspberries, red plum, bacon fat and a slightly chalky element. A powerful CR...
This wine always delivers! Loads of bacon fat, very wild, cèpes de Bordeaux, beef blood, animal, red berries... super silky tannins, very fresh, sappy wine... I love it as much as the 30 previous bottles of it!
Beautiful bouquet with good garrigue and also a lot of barnyard/rustic impressions. Same on the palate with juicy red forest fruits and cherries. Good acidity and some pleasant sweetness. The tannin was a bit drying. Really lovely, refined and complex wine. I only scored it 92 this time (blind). Possibly because the line-up was so incredible. So it could be me and 92 is too low.
Wow wow, beautiful intoxicating nose of ripe cherries, roasted meat, sandalwood, cèpes de Bordeaux... Sweet cherries, with refreshing and sappy acidity, 30 seconds finish, very ripe pepers, cedar wood, finish on silky tannins, still amazing after 11 years!!
Worth the wait. Decadent delicious after 30 min decant in restaurant. Blueberry, plum and pomegranate begins the nose and initial tastes. Dried red fruits, brambles, minerals, mushrooms and tobacco in the middle. The end is smooth as silk. Thankfully there is another bottle!
Magic in a bottle and an utterly compelling Pégaü. This 2003 Cuvée Réservée displays an array of the classical Grenache fruit with kirsch, raspberry, blackberry and sun warm strawberries. The nose is clean (quite impressing for this producer) and there is a secondary layer of cinnamon, the classical Asian spice box and tea leaves. The palate is stunning with perfect integration and subtle signs of maturity. Acidity is there as are the velvety tannins and a length on the finish which lasts for more than a minute. This is a profound wine and I wish all wines from this producer and appellation could show the same complexity, elegance and power. Yet, if all wines were this good we would get totally spoilt! (score is 98+)
Please note that the above tasting note is for the first bottling of this wine. According to my understanding, the second and third bottlings are not as good.
(Tasted in a flight with 2003 Domaine de la Mordorée Cuvée de la Reine des Bois, 2003 Domaine du Pégaü Cuvée Réservée, 2004 Malleolus Valderamiro and 2007 Château de Beaucastel Hommage à Jacques Perrin.)
Starts off with a nice rich nose of the garrigue so prominent in the region. The initial palate is also rich and delicious but then immediately takes on a stewed fruits taste and very pruney finish. I am not a fan of this vintage.
My 5th or 6th bottle of this that I have been drinking over the past 5 years, and it is really hitting its stride now. Popped and poured and even so a terrific smoky kirsch flavor, voluptuous feel, and alcohol well controlled. It is hard to do much better than this in CDP.
Served pnp, this wine is dark garnet/plum in color and showed intense aromas of garrigue, white pepper, red berries, cured meats and that wonderful, classic Pegau funk (probably slight brett). The mouth feel was voluptuous with cherry, berries and kirsch elements. The finish was 30+ seconds long with silky tannins framing the cherry, garrigue and iron notes.
Purchased for $151US ($139 + tax) at Morrell in NYC, this is in a seriously good place now. While it still has 10+ years of life to it, enjoy it now. THIS WINE IS THROWING OFF A LOT OF SEDIMENT AND DECANTING TO REMOVE IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Nez ferrugineux, avec de la garrigue La bouche est puissante et mûre mais tout de même équilibrée avec une belle définition. Il lui manque la gourmandise des meilleures bouteilles de ce vin et parait un peu sec. 90 pts
A Night of French Wine (Chez Simo Bistro - Chicago, IL): Was expecting a jammy mess, but got a really nice bottle of Pegau. Lots of meaty, exotic notes on the nose. The palate was deep and powerful. Just insane depth to the dark fruits, meaty tones, and spicy red fruit. There was a touch of heat that stopped this was really setting off fireworks for me...but great nonetheless.
Dinner at Chez Simo (Chicago, IL): Not really sure what to make of this. Seems to be in a dumb phase. Certainly, it's not silly and over-the-top, but rather holed quite tightly in its shell at the moment. There are some aromas of dark fruit and vanilla, but they are faint. The palate has a bit of animal to it, as you'd expect, but again, not over-the-top at all.
1st Coravin tasting (and testing) (at Yoram Solberg): Coravin tasting dark red-purple color. rustic nose with a pleasant mix of funk, leather, barnyard, kirsch, and a prominent garrigue note followed by a smoke palate has good intensity, powerful, full bodied, dark berries, vibrant, concentrated, fig paste, licorice, spiced, meaty, pepper. the roast meat and spice stand out on the long finish.
Tasted vis-a-vis the mysterious and somewhat awkward Clos des Papes 2003, this comes out as smooth, feminine, rich, creamy and just plain adorable. It's a complete expression of the sort of chateauneuf, that Danes (as well as Americans) has come to love unashamed in it's sex appeal, this is a Scarlett Johanson wine indeed. Everything is rounded here, and the curves are perfect, I am sure it will stay this way for some years - this wine got it going on! (Ribeyes at home)
Un nez envoûtant de vieille confiture, de sous-bois et de fines herbes Il a perdu son coté baroque, c'est un vin complet et complexe, avec une belle richesse, qui a développé une finesse complètement inattendue.
Il y a beaucoup de variations de bouteilles sur ce vin, certaines sont très gourmandes, d'autres comme celles-ci montrent de la retenue et une finesse étonnante. L'âge y est pour quelque chose bien sûr, mais il est difficile de prévoir à quel vin on aura à faire. Dans tous les cas, le vin trouve toujours à me plaire. 93 pts
Yikes! Not really sure how my opinion of the is wine could be so out of sync from the rest of the reviews here but I had a really hard time drinking the bottle. Sad since I was quite looking forward to it. Anyway, still ruby red in the glass with a nose of bright red cherry and overt alcohol. In the mouth stewed cherry and prune with overt sweetness and a short finish which seemed to catch in the throat. This wine had to be close to 16% ABV! After two glasses I was feeling quite dizzy as though I had imbibed some sort of cherry vodka drink down at the local pub. I definitely have enjoyed some of the other lower octane vintages of Pegau but if this bottle is representative, the 2003 is not the year for me...
Very nice C9, bought at the domaine. Not at all hot or over blown. Started off a little muted but over time it filled out significantly and the aromas and flavours constantly chopped and changed. Excellent wine, and a great QPR at domaine prices.
Initially showing some alcohol, and certainly persistently a very rich wine with high concentration. The vintage is showing, all though not with to many prunes and the likes, just the high density, the mere power. The garrigue, the origins and the freshness of the Pegaü saves it, keeps balance, and the wine is very enjoyable indeed, especially with a piece of meat. Lovely grenache-sweetness dominates, and this certainly remains one of the best efforts of the vintage. Still young though, will improve.
Drank my last bottle of this last night, along with a 2003 Clos des Papes and a 2004 Vieux Donjon. All three were very nice wines, but the Clos des Papes and Donjon, for me, edged out the Pegau. All three were big wines, with lots of fruit, and tannins that now have fully integrated into the mix. No edges at all to any of the three. I should have waited on all of my '03's. Lesson learned, perhaps.
(From magnum, decanted for two hours.) This was served by the same host who poured a poor 500ml bottle a couple of months ago. What a difference a good bottle makes! A fine dark ruby color is marked by flashes of deep purple in the middle. A supremely luscious nose that screams Châteauneuf-du-Pape: smoked game meat, ripe plums, espresso bean, candied lavender, spice cabinet and animal musk. Fat and rich in the mouth, the wine offers up deep and bright flavors of black and red fruits, licorice, coffee and lavender. The long, savory finish is framed nicely by still unresolved tannins. Very nice overall balance. If this magnum is typical, then this format is just approaching maturing and will deliver even more pleasure in a few years. 97+ points for now.
Tasted from a bottle provided by an attendee at a walk-around Super Bowl party, this wine again shows itself to be monumental. Still a very deep ruby, it flaunts impressive aromatics of bramble fruits, garrigue, licorice, smoke, dry earth and cocoa. Full-bodied and massively-extracted, it follows with similar flavors as for the nose. The tannins are ample but supple, while the alcohol (listed as 14%) remains in check. The wine has just enough acid to maintain a sense of freshness which persists throughout the middle palate and lengthy finish. A stunning achievement, this offering will undoubtedly be recognized as one of the finest Cuvée Reservée bottlings in the past two decades (perhaps even THE finest). Still in its youth and quite delicious now, there is no doubt that it will evolve and provide immense pleasure over the next 10-12 years. Drink now-2026.
Helder robijnrood. Één snif en je weet dat het om Pégau gaat: boerse neus met bosgrond, stal, cassis, garrigue. Vol, geconcentreerd zwart fruit, fraaie zuren. Goed geïntegreerde tannines, complete wijn.
I am hoping it was just that bottle but this wine showed like it had something to it but it was past its prime. I have had a fair number of 03 CDP's and they are drinking well. There wasn't much complexity and the flavors seemed a bit off. It wasn't blown just strangely blah. No Score Given
'00 v '03 Pegau Rosebowl: Fresher springier legs than the 2000 and with still-primary fruit, this is pre-plateau though the baby fat's gone. A note-worthy rusty middle keeps the intrigue but this hasn't developed the complexity of the '00 ... and it shows the summer '03 heat on it's tail. Held up more than the 2000 over the course of the rosebowl.
Pegau is one of my favorite CDPs and this one is real good. I can't wait to taste it 10 years from now, Lord willing. Having visited a few years back, this little Medieval town is the equivalent of wine heaven.
Nez décadent, sur les épices, avec bien sûr ces notes de chaleur typiques du millésimes, un petit côté raisin de Corinthe ressort également. La bouche est glycérinée, texturée mais avec un côté aérien presque étrange compte tenu de la grande maturité du fruit, une pointe d'alcool revient en rétro. Finale longue, épicée et savoureuse. Ce n'est pas la meilleure bouteille prise de ce millésime, l'alcool ressort un peu trop à mon goût, mais ça demeure tout une bête en bouteille.
Beautiful and rustic bouquet with a lot of herbs and spices like clove. Laurel as well. On the palate also a lot of garrigue, juicy cherries and other jammy fruits. Soft tannin but still plenty of power for some more years. Beautifully drinking now though.
Annual Holiday CDP Tasting: Epic & Stunning Wines Featuring a trio of 2001's (Edina, MN): Very dark red-purple color. Decanted for 2 hours. This was a splendid bottle of Cuvee Reservee. The nose was particularly clean with a pleasant mix of funk, leather, barnyard, kirsch, and a prominent garrigue note followed by a smoke, a slightly metal infused minerality, fig, and a touch of baked cherry. This didn't have the stewed fruit quality of some other vintages. The palate also has good intensity, powerful, full bodied, dark berries, vibrant, concentrated, fig paste, licorice, spiced, meaty, pepper. The roast meat and spice stand out on the long finish. There are some moments of heat coming through and just some rough edges at times that makes the palate a shade less impressive than the nose. But don't get me wrong, this was truly impressive.
Wow, people are raving about this wine here on CT. Fun to read. My 7th bottle of 12, and it is great now. Very complex and typical nose with thyme, horse manure, dark fruit and some forest floor. It has shed all of its fruit heaviness from 2003 and it is a very well integrated and complete wine today. Sweet attack and very nice mid palate with great stringent acidity and good length. Will have many years left. I could however never give a CnDP 99-100 points. But I agree that this is as good as it gets in CnDP (apart from Rayas…)
Popped and poured by our host from a 500ml bottle. The wine is garnet at the core, brown at the edge and murky throughout. The nose is dominated by raisin, fig, burnt wood and brett and does not evolve in the glass. In the mouth, it has a thick, one-dimensional burnt port quality. While it is not particularly awful, it is not good either. I had this wine last summer and it was great. Clearly, this is a bad bottle.
Medium core, lighter edge. Volatile acidity, ripe raspberry and some anise. Plenty of sweet fig and red fruit on entry, moderate body, good acidity and then a powerful licorice/tobacco juice finish. This finish got significantly drier as the bottle sat open-at or beyond its apex?
Friday Night Double Blind Semi-Mondo $80+ (Bin 75): Aged dark core with bricking; red fruit, tart cranberry, earthy, some dirty diaper and funk; sweet graham cracker, ripe and open; tasty; surprised it was Pegau as I didn't pick up on any Brett or radish- this bottle was all fruit; a better example of this bottle that I've had.
Opened and decanted for 1/2 hour.. Temp 64 F Served in Riedel Vinum Bordeaux stems. Appearance was a clear medium deep garnet with a slightly transparent rim. Nose was medium to pronounced fruit, floral freshias, and organic truffles and damp garden compost. Palate was dry with medium acidity, medium silky round tannins. This wine was medium bodied with medium plus intensity of flavors.. Finish was complex and evolving. Elements I got in this wine were berry fruit, plum, anise, black tea, soy sauce and earthy mushroom This wine had nice structure and finesse..
tasted the '00, '01, and '03. By far the ripest of the three. Fruit is big but somewhat stewed. Showing massive tannins. On the backend i get that Pegau pepperyness. Thanks to Victor for sharing these. I agree with him that this bottle needs several more years to mellow out.
Saturday Skeels BBQ: Spent a bit of time to properly evaluate this wine... and I like it! Slow oxed 7hrs, double-decanted and cooled-down. One of the most popular wines with the steaks. A ball of fruit, with gorgeous mixed herbs and white pepper long finish. Compared with my last bottles, this had much more concentrated fruit, and no prominent alcohol. This cost me the same price as the 2010... and is clearly the better wine to drink now. Recommended.
Beautiful and rich bouquet with ripe fruits and garrigue. Also on the palate ripe fruits and herbs and spices. Beautifully round tannin. Early maturity and lovely drinking now and a future at least until 2020. This was a beautiful bottle.
Decanted. Classic CduP nose and flavor profile. Ready to drink with a little air. Clearly has life left, but personally I won't cellar this much longer, another few years. Nice wine, but I just don't see this as a mid-90s wine. YMMV
Very impressed - decanted for 3 hours, complex nose of tobacco, herbs, dark fruits (blackcurrant, cherry), with a nice sweetness (almost caramel). Tiny bit of heat. Nice weight on the palate with secondary complexity emerging and great length -serious - typically Pegau - as good as the critics suggest - lovely.
This majestic Chateauneuf du Pape gets better each time I taste it. With a perfume that pops the moment the wine hits your glass, jammy black raspberries, licorice, fresh earth, spice, kirsch and garrigue aromas are in full force. The texture is fat, lush, rich and full, ending with a long sensation of fresh, ripe, spice, dark, red berries. This wine of pleasure drinks great today. If you have some in your cellar, pop a cork and see for yourself.
Decanted for one hour before tasting. Deep garnet core, pink rim. WOW! If there ever was a time to bring out the superlatives.... Opens up gradually in the glass displaying a wonderful and complex bouquet of dark fruit, kirsch, garrigue, lavender, leather, spices, chocolate and smoky cedar-wood. Immense depth and concentration, big yet beautifully balanced with a sound structural framework complimenting the rich fruit. The aftertaste lingers on for almost a full minute making you beg for another sip. There’s really no need to cellar this further, but judging by the positive development during the evening there’s no crime in leaving it for another five years either. Most likely the best red I’ve had during my relatively short history as a wine enthusiast – sadly this was my only bottle (97-98 points).
I tapped into a couple of glasses tonight with a Coravin, and my goodness this is drinking shockingly well. Certainly this is a ripe vintage, but it packs so much white pepper and garrigue along with the grilled plums and bloody notes. Huge tannins on the finish, but it's so pleasurable and fun that they don't even begin to get in the way. Brilliant wine.
well integrated but very big wine (for my tastes at least), nose to me is gardenias and strawberry... tiff says cherries and dark chocolate, palate is nice with rich reddish fruit and plenty of perfume and minerals and again -- big!!!, overall an excellent experience but i wouldn't want to drink this very often... wonder how it will fare in ten years, worried it will fade with the nice dusty tannins grip falling away to make this too rich / opulent... should please the crowd tho in the mean time... last taste (three hours in) showed just a bit too much '03 heat (nose and palate) for my taste
Opened and poured a half glass before re-corking for an hour. The barnyard funk exploded out of the bottle, but quickly faded into a wet hay that lasted about 30 minutes. Lots of other fruit aromas present at the open and increasing through the night. Getting typical grenache on the way in and feeling more syrah on the way down, with a fair amount of white pepper. Enjoyed by all.
I like this wine but not sure about the rave reviews (and high scores on CT). 5th bottle of 6 and while I like the wine, not very memorable. I do like the dirty cellar aspect of the winery though. Little barnyard goes a long way.
Ruby with garnet rim. Heady aromas of raspberry, fig, and (with time) some garrigue. Juicy and succulent but not heavy. Rich, roasted fruit saved by surprising acidity, tobacco notes, and herbal complexity. Long, earthy finish without any sense of heat. Superb bottle.
Waooouw nose of garrigue, horse shit, oriental spices, a festival of red and black ripe cherries, cedar, sandalwood, cèpes de Bordeaux, very very nice nose to die for, it is very easy to recognize the Pégau signature here... the taste is just amazing of sappy red cherries, garrigue, ripe strawberries, sweet & acidity perfect balance, a finish of 45 seconds... a legend of Pégau!!
À l'ouverture, on a l'impression d'un vin qui a évolué plutôt vite, avec son nez d'épices et d'anis qui parait moins frais. La bouche est riche, dense et profonde. Un vin bien concentré, moins gourmand que par le passé, toujours baroque, excessif, savoureux. Il a encore du sucre résiduel! Une sorte d'ovni. 93 pts
One grape - two expressions @ my place (Netherlands): Sweet cherry profile, lots of dried herbs and flowers interlaced throughout the entire wine. Soft, slight drying tannines, plush structure, clean wine, a far hint of barnyard. To me, this was clearly a Grenache-flight, but I was surprised this was Pegau. Usually Pegau showes me a more rugged, masculine and dirty presentation. I quite liked the floral complexity in this wine. Very good 17.5-18/20
The color is consistent with other top-flight wines from this ripe vintage: deep, deep ruby/garnet in the center with an ever so slight autumnal browning at the edges. Initially, the nose is overpowered by brett (poorly kept puppy kennel?) but after 30 minutes mercifully most of it disappears. Now emerge fragrances of plum, blueberry, coffee, violet, lavender, pine and just the right amount of barnyard. The scents are so intense they literally make the mouth water. Fat, weighty, almost bawdy flavors of plum liqueur, strawberries and espresso dominate. Despite its corpulence, the wine still manages definition, precision and real clarity. The finish, which does last nearly a minute, is laced with minerals, fully integrated tannins, and most importantly of all, just the right amount of palate-cleansing acidity. Really superb! (Can the Cuvée da Capo really be better than this?) Ready now, hopefully it will continue to gratify for at least another decade. Just this side of paradise: 99 points.
Had this wine at a Grenache tasting. It didn't do well vs the competition but that's not to say its not an outstanding wine. Opened up nicely after 6 hours in decanter. Just the right amount of a funky barnyard like nose. Not overdone like in the case of the cayuse Grenache
2013 Sailing Trip in the Dodecanese; 7/12/2013-7/21/2013 (Athens & The Dodecanese): Well a CdP from 2003 and especially from these guys was bound to be discussion point. Definitely needs a bit of time to relax and develop. The nose is full of rich, super ripe fruit with a touch of a porty side. On the palate it feels a bit on the cooked end and although this sort of relaxed as time went by still it had that feeling at the end on every sip. Not sure where this wine goes from here but definitely not rushing to buy more.. Good luck. NR
This is why I drink wine. This was my fifth bottle of the 2003 Pegau CdP and the best. I had one that was corked and one that simply wasn't very good, but this one was singing. I took it from the wine fridge at 55F (12.8C) and upon opening, smelled red cherries. I poured a bit and sure enough, not much flavor other than red cherries. I let it sit in a decanter for an hour and was rewarded. The red cherries had faded in favor of deep red raspberry, some blackberry, plum, and pepper. There's plenty of alcohol and it's tannic, but it all balances out so well. The finish was a bit acidic, but not at all in a bad way. I still have half the bottle (under Vacu Vin) and will be pairing it with some lamb tonight. Many people are finding a lot of variation from bottle to bottle, but if you get a good one, you'll be richly rewarded.
Mmmm, deep, bloody, plummy, spicy. Classic Pegau. Wild, gamey, screaming with white pepper, starting to open up and get ready to play. This is definitely a 2003 but a raging success for sure. All of the vintage challenges (lots of alcohol, very roasted and sweet) and yet all of the successes (deep, tannic, insanely spicy and pleasurable). This is Châteauneuf-du-Pape on steroids, but this one works oh so well.
A beauty, drinking perfectly. Looks mature, ambering at the edge but still deeply coloured. A nose of black cherries, red fruits and violets with plenty of spice, liquorice and tobacco (but a bit if wood and brett). Really nice mouth weight and length, sweet grenache dominates , good length (just a bit of 2003 heat). Overall very good - happy with this
Just wonderful! Nose of tart cherries, roasted Provence spices, leather, just a hint of brett and old cellar funk. With time in the glass though, the heat from this vintage became more evident with some pruney notes. The palate was just so wonderful, Classic chateauneuf and Classic Pegau! Elegant sweet, but also tart red cherries, crushed Black pepper, some nice tannins that made the palate dry out a little in the end, but in a good way. Just terrific! It can be drunk now, but could easily be saved for many more years.
Vin grenat de moyenne intensité. Nez et bouche qui apportent vers le Rhône, tantôt vers le Nord, mais aussi vers le sud. Petits fruits, fines herbes, un peu de sous-bois, des épices (dont le poivre) et une superbe longueur. Je suis sous le charme.
I opened this wine because the capsule was puffed up above the bottle. When I cut off the capsule, I could see the bottle at some point had a minor leak. The fill level was still good. When I popped the cork out and poured the wine into 2 375 mL bottles, I could see some tiny bubbles floating to the top. Obviously, at this point I was worried that the wine might not have held up well. I poured two glasses and noticed that the color was excellent. Medium ruby, transparent at the rim. The wine smells of an old chest of drawers, balsam, leather and spice. The wine tastes of explosive, but mature fruit, balsam and a long finish. Macerated cherries and a hint of brown sugar. Excellent wine. I am glad that despite the initial sight of spritz, that with a short time in the glass the quality of this wine shines through.
6th bottle of case bought on release. Perfect storage and in perfect condition. Decanted for an hour and consumed over the next 3 hours. Fabulous in every way. More voluptuous than most Cdp, so maybe not classic, but awesome. Not a hint of hotness or excessive roasted quality. Last sip the best. Lots of life left. Always surprised by the range of tasting notes. Storage obviously a factor, but this wine is sturdy and probably tolerates abuse better than most. Bottle variability? My bottles have been remarkably consistent and it is drinking beautifully. YumYum!
Tissot Jura Tasting: Smoky, five spice, cherry and graphite. The palate exhibits lovely balance, there is intense ripe fruit but it is in no way over the top. Excellent texture and the length is wonderful. I've had 3 quite different bottles of this now - 1 was ghastly, one very good and this one was seriously great!
At first, nose was muted, then after decant came alive. Interesting that Parker describes this wine as powerful and voluptuous, I do not get that same impression. There's plenty of fruit, cherries, licorice, garrique and black pepper, just not to an extraordinary degree of concentration that he suggests. Excellent balance and structure to last for a while.
Holy barnyard Batman! Decanted for two hour and drank over two days. Lots of sediment. Beautiful wine with a fabulous nose, but be prepared for some barnyard. This could easily sleep for another 10 years. Awesome fruit - sour cherry. Went really well with beef tenderloin.
Haven't had one in nearly 6 months- this one was perfect. Consistent with other bottles but better still... Built for the long haul, this is a special wine that transcends the vintage and defines chateauneuf for me. Wow.
Lovely nose of flowers. Overall the wine has a feminine quality. Sweet tannins. Drinking Very well. Great elegance about it with beautiful continuous layers of red fruit. The Pegau has a distinct hint of Viognier. There was a great grace to this wine that made this very approachable and more burgundy-like. Decanted 2 hours. Paired against another 100 point CDP, but from 2007. The distinct difference between the 2 was the preferred extra 4 years of age in the bottle.
Return to San Anontio (Ducru Vertical); 2/21/2013-2/24/2013 (Monty): Best bottle I've had of this--storage is very important here, as my bottle from auction was not great last year. This was well stored and was tremendous. Large scaled wine, with a nose that was a little shy (we inhaled this bottle before it truly opened I think). Palate showed some high toned fruit, but I got zero heat, and had layers of dried fruit, spice, garrigue, and only a touch of manure/barnyard. Long finish with plenty of fruit and stones. 95-96
First of 5 bottles, and my first Pegau. Bottle in somewhat questionable state, slightly depressed cork with some indication of seepage. Wondering if the prior owner didn't store this correctly. Upon opening, classic CdP nose, earth and leather. Very rustic. Smooth on the palate, dark, plum, with smooth tannins. NR for now, but would guess 93-94. Hopefully the other 4 bottles are in better condition.
More structured and strong than the first showing, it offers a nicely integrated Pegau touch as compared to the 2009 I had two weeks ago, and is more expressive and even more structured than the other two bottling. The acidity is really well integrated. There are some ~dark forces~ in this wine as it’s obscure and mysterious. Added acidity might have help this wine evolving so beautifully! It’s still young and vigorous, great indeed!
Hmmm. Not nearly the gangbuster that really got me into CDP's years ago. I can't be sure but either this wine has really shut down or this bottle was off in some way. Not the atypical Pegau nose. The nose was giving up a little bit of spicy red fruit, wet matchsticks and perhaps a dust covered leather bag. In the mouth much of the same. Just didn't have that bursting flavor and exagerated nuances that a previous bottle had.
Wow, a 2003 Southern Rhone that is actually drinkable. This was really good Chateauneuf. Not overripe, hot and porty like most 2003 Chateauneufs I have tried. Big, structured wine. Nice sweet fruit, loads of Garrigue and a long finish. Drinking really well with an hour decant. Plenty of life left. Really good, in fact I have not had a better 03...well one better.... Da Capo.
Sérieusement refermé!! Belle matière, les tanins sont bien présents, il a perdu ou caché son gras de bébé, bonne concentration, solide gaillard qui ne ressemble pas au vin d’il y a quelques années à peine, mais fort prometteur. À garder! 93+ pts
My first CDP and I'm a fan! Not in my normal sweet spot, but really liking the Grenache in this. And barnyard funk never smelled so good. Very complex, with a lot of evolving over the night. A long finish as well.
Decanted for 1 hour. No tasting notes taken that night so from memory- still deep ruby but perhaps slightly more in the red spectrum, classic Pegau garrigue nose. This scared me at first- port like flavors and not a lot of complexity/fruit. Medium full bodied, After 10 minutes the port aspect was mostly gone and it was mostly secondary notes on nose and palate. Really nice..again garrigue, tobacco, cigar box on nose and palate ..a bit of leather, some dark berry fruit still hanging in there, and nice smooth texture. Still plenty of structure and filling to go 15 years in it's prime. Great, but not a 99 or 100 pt type wine on this night though.
Intoxicating nose of ripe strawberries jam, oriental spices, roasted meat... unbelievable combination between very sweet strawberries, ripe cherries and refreshing acidity that gives it a perfect balance... not a blockbuster, but builds up in your mouth with a lenght of 60+ seconds.... whaoouw whaouw wine... what do you want more... the perfect wine according to my style!!!
Youthful medium ruby. Sinuous red fruit, lavender, tobacco and cinnamon on the nose. Not huge but deeply imbued dark red fruit, savory, fresh, and round with incredible acidity. Long and still holding something in reserve due to its tannic finish. I was blown away by the depth and balance here from a vintage against which I am strongly biased. Fantastic bottle.
This was excellent. Dark ruby color and typical Pegau nose. The funk quickly blew off and this was smooth and rich, with cassis, hay, earth and berry notes. Tannins are well-integrated, but I think this is just hitting its stride. Great for thanksgiving!
Passablement évolué, un vin riche et baroque, notes animales, fruits rouges, garrigue, épices. Gras et chaleureux, concentré, long, amertume en finale. Il manque d'acidité toutefois pour en faire un vin à conserver longtemps ; sur son plateau, le vin ne peut sans doute pas se complexifier davantage. À boire d'ici 2-3 ans.
Medium dark red with sligthly mature rim. Intens, round nose filler with blueberry, plum, blackberry with an earthy character. Full body - very broad. Sligthly sweet finnish. Missing a drier and firm finnish.
A cold, dry and crisp November night was on tap---and Pegau 03 was up to the task! Robust, dried berry and herb flavors mixed with sweet tannins and the typical garrigue that Pegau shows. I really like where this wine is, perhaps the best bottle I have had. Clearly, you can drink now or hold for this decade.
2003 Pegau - Huge powerful wine with such class and restraint , with layers of fabulous kirsch, barnyard, smoke, deep dark cherry, palate was smooth, and front, mid and end palate were all well integrated. 96pts
100 RP BYO Tasting (Restaurant AOC): Manure, barnyard and shit on the nose but also red currants and chocolate. Very intense and complex but also showing a lot of oak. Sweet and delicious raspberry flavors and a very intense acidity. Young and fresh still but a little to alcoholic in the aftertaste. Perhaps served a bit to warm.
Mostly Châteauneuf-du-Pape at Dinosaur BBQ (Dinosaur BBQ NYC.): I've never understood all the positive reviews for this wine as despite being a big Pegau fan, I've always found it unbalanced with no real depth, the fruit completely roasted and over extracted and the alcohol way to prominent. Tonight was no different. Just ungainly stuff and I'm not sure anyone at the table liked it. If I had any, it would be a no brainer to flip. B-.
Opened at Charleston offline event... too many wines and general chaos to take any official notes... very enjoyable wine (enjoyed enough by the group that we opened a back-up bottle as well). Drinking well now but has a long life ahead.
Dark fruit reduction, tar, concentrated anise, some barnyard; somewhat muted. Herb and spice (five spice?) dominated palate with fruit taking a back seat. Tannins quite present but in balance with the power of the wine's flavors and textures. Classic Pegau.
Aromas of coffee beans, charcoal, dried raspberries with just a hint of burned rubber and kerosene. Rich and powerful on the attack but with balance. Tannins still providing some grip, could use another 10 years.
Day 1: On five or more different occasions over the last years, this beautiful effort has provided an immense amount of pleasure. Tonight though, it shows a very reluctant and close to muted nose. The palate is as full and lush as ever with pleasant tannins and lovely dark fruit accompanied by a never ending length on the finish. I cannot say whether this was an off bottle or whether my bottles are going through a dumb phase. The "everything is in place" cliché is surely valid tonight, but the nose let me down. I will be back to check on the wine in another 6-12 months. (No score tonight, but the palate surely represented 97-98.)
Day 3: Now we are talking about n-o-s-e! After the tasting two days ago, I sealed the bottle with Argon gas, put it in the fridge, just to be able to try it again today. Now the nose is exploding from the deep and profound Grenache perfume, lavender and subtle tones of lilac. Luxurious oak is nicely integrated and the whole effort just screams "perfection". The palate is permeated by a lovely acidity as well as perfectly integrated fruit. Tannins are soft and velvety, adding to the amazing experience this wine offers. I experienced the same effect from sealing with Argon gas a few months ago when tasting a 2009 Charvin. The wine seems to open up beneath the lid of Argon gas. (score is 98)
(Please note: I know I bought two cases of the first of three different bottlings at Pégaü. It appears this bottling is better than the later two, at least this is heard if listening through the grapevine.)
This is now showing more maturity, so rich, decadent and flamboyant but at the same time composed. It's difficult to identify anything short of perfection here - a roller coaster ride. I think Parker is right on the money here.
Hmmmm....'03vintage......Hmmmm......ripe or overripe?....I'll saaaaay......ripe!!! That was the topic of the discussion within our group. The labels states 13.5% which we felt was a bit of a fib. This is surely a big wine, but in no way one dimensional nor overripe. On the nose this is lush, yowsa!? Did I really just type 'yowza'?....yikes....The palate is definitley full bodiy, big round mouthfull, fig/date action, mixed black fruit, muskiness, hints of iron with polished tannins. I detected a smidge of heat in the beginning whcih resloved over the course of the evening...it's good I say...This sucker has a ton of scores...mine is not needed here
Wow - what a powerful wine and delicious wine! I can understand why some think that this is too much. However, for my own opinon I love this wine but I must admit after a half bottle I am fully satisfied. The wine boasts a powerful nose you can smell a meter away from the glass. Starting with redberries and herbes coming quickly into the heavier notes of spice and tons of overripe black fruit including black cherries, blackberry and black currant. Sipping to the glass, your palate is immediately covered by this big full-bodied wine of concentrated black fruits with perfect tannins leaving just the right amount of sweetness (maybe a fraction too sweet). Once again a wine that taste as the bouquet (For my personnal opinion, that is what I want to find in a superb wine and Chateauneuf du Pape almost always delivers that) including red berries and herbes on top which is taken over fast by spice and black fruits.
It drinks perfectly today, and I must admit I have no clue to where this will be in 10 years time, but my guess is, that it will not have changed much. Excellent wine!
CT Texas IV - A Hill Country Treat; 5/18/2012-5/19/2012 (Austin, Texas): My fifth time with this wine and all have been a little different. This was much less horsey than other bottles and still had that nice funk wrapped around a core of red and black fruit, anise, sage, tarragon, and roasted meat. On the palate, domainted by red and black raspberry flavors with anise, herbs, and smoked meat. Finishes long with noticeable grip and great acidity. My WOTN in some very serious company.
Great aromatic volume, evolution, and definition with notions of kirsch, plum, provencal herbs, licorice, framboise, cigar box, and saddle/leather/barnyard. On the palate this gets even better - Offering remarkable purity, complexity, mouthfeel/texture (at once chewy, concentrated and glycerin like yet also smooth and seamless), juxtaposition between the fruit and savory aspects, tannin/acid balance and integration, and finishing length, persistence, and power. This was opened (not decanted) about 30 minutes prior to pouring and consumed over the course of 3+ hours. To me, a wine that is equal parts cerebral and hedonistic. Drinking beautifully and highly recommended.
Chateauneuf du pape tasting (Wine-Bar, Nahalat Binyamin, TLV): dark red-brown with amber rim developed wet-earthy aromas with hints of licorice warm at start, full body, balanced tannins & acidity, pleasant bitterness, very good harmony, ripe red fruits flavors with some tar & eucalyptus, warm alcoholic ending, good aftertaste. Can further age 5-8 years.
Nez suave de framboise et de mûres, de sous bois, d'une finesse étonnante. La bouche est serrée, fraiche et dense, rien a voir avec aucune des précédentes, je n'y comprends rien! Ce vin semblait prêt à boire l'été dernier, celle-ci est beaucoup plus tannique. Je suis allé vérifier si c'était un 2007! 92+ pts
YES. still really good since i had my last one in 2009. great developemnt and rich layered taste. I am not sure if the drink til 2024 is wise. i would say that it is peaking around now and maybe for a few more years, after that it will fall apart. I felt that it bad a certain fragility.
Opened one of the few I have after reading so many glorious reviews and figured I should try one on the young side. This bottle was not up to snuff. No VA, brett, or signs of heat damage (I've had this in my cellar since release). While it seemed there was something lurking underneath, there was no lushness or density of fruit. The finish was extremely short. No TCA was detected, so either this bottle was shut down or it was corked to a low degree resulting in a subdued character. I had extremely high hopes and was largely disappointed. Hoping the remaining bottles I have are much better.
Very little "Brett". I'm going to say its garrique. Opened up over an hour to reveal complex nose including red fruits and spice, smooth texture and ripe fruit flavor with a touch of pruney sweetness at finish.
Consistently one of the best CDPs I've had... After going through more than a case of this wine since release, I have some experience with this one... Hasn't ever shut down; has never disappointed. Love it. Damn good on day two as well...
This is a wonderfully complex wine. If you are sensitive Brett then you won't like it. if you like compleixity you'll love this wine. Tons of provencal herbs and kirsch. Probably will get better with age. 94 pts.
So impressive, divine.. words hardly cover it. Black and red fruit that is over that top. Chewy tannins with decent acidity. Plenty of herbs on the bottom side and a finish that goes forever. Wish I had more. Early candidate for WOTY.
A leaking bottle, so I went into it with the expectation that it would be flawed. Well, to begin with, some excess VA and a much more bark-like, tobacco impession than last time, with the fruit quite muted. To my surprise, the VA blew off, the feel became more seamless, and raspberry fruit began to shine. I do wonder if this bottle was exposed to the heat at some point. Not as profound as last time, but still very enjoyable.
Beautiful nose of barnyard, pepper, kirsch liqueur, strawberry, earth and spice capture your attention. Powerful, full bodied and concentrated, this voluptuous, rich, mouth filling wine coats your palate with layers of ripe, fresh, essence of black cherry, plum, black raspberry, spice and strawberry jam. This is a knockout Chateauneuf du Pape that can be enjoyed today and based on how well the 1990 is ageing, for at least another 15-20 more years.
Brown Bag Wine Dinner at Two Chefs-III(Double Blind); 2/21/2012-2/22/2012: - Violet color with fast forming legs and aromas of blackberry and violet. It's balanced and has flavours of black olive, blackberry and oak with a full body. Bright texture with a long finish - Mark's wine(me). I love this wine, however it was inappropriate for a double blind tasting. It and others seemed to heavy to be drunk in this context. When we visited Laurence(Feraud) in 2010, she agreed with me that the wine had shut down then. From the extreme 2003 Vintage, this has been one of the most heralded wines on CellarTracker(33 pages, 94- average). Have 2 bottles, from the original case I got from Brown Derby, of the 03 left. I will definitely WAIT 5 to 10 years on the final two.
Popped and poured with my tasting group. Notes from memory. Translucent, slightly cloudy dark garnet in the glass. Aromas of garrigue and a somewhat vague plum/red fruit quality. Medium-full bodied with a nice balance of savory and ripe, combining some meat and earth elements with red fruit. Probably my best bottle of this yet, and I think some of the others with me enjoyed it more than I.
At BWC tasting. A group favorite, but it reminded me of many '03 bdx that just don't have the elegance I prefer. But give Pégaü credit for the concentration of fruit with very smooth tannins. Mouth puckering finish.
This bottle showed much better than my bottle in december. Big flamboyant intoxicating nose of kirsh, ainse, thyme and herbs du Provence as well slightly roasted fruit with a liquor-like character. Palate was enormous and well concentrated but balanced, adding plenty of sandalwood and gamy notes. Lengthy earthy finish. I prefer the cooler years of Pegau (04, 06, 08) but this was hard to put down. My WOTN and group's #2.
In a world - awful. I've had this wine a countless number of times and each time have loved it. This bottle was so riddled with brett it was ridiculous. Nose of raw sewage. Just terrible. Really hoping my remaining bottles show better than this.
I had a bottle of this in 2006, and was NOT impressed. Every negative attribute of the 2003 vintage was there in spades: a hot, unbalances mess that didn't speak of CDP (I guessed it was a Zinfandel in a blind tasting). This bottle was a complete turnaround. Again, there was another step up in intensity, this being a full bodied wine with a velvety texture. Certainly lower acids here, but this is a function of the domain rather than the vintage. Very impressive, speaking of its terroir clearly, even with a hint of brett that added to the package, dangerously easy to drink, nicely balanced, with great purity and complexity, and lots of time left to improve (A-/A). Definitely the wine of the night, and I was pleased to have such a different experience with this wine. Also pleased to have another bottle left!
Pop up and pour. A bit closed at the beginning little strawberries leather, coffee. Mouth smooth elegant noble. Final not to dry , slightly hot. Nearly a perfect balance, not very usual for this appellation. Was a bit more crunchy last year, with more fresh strawberries, so drink now. But still an exceptional CdP.
Tasted blind from the bottle. Chocolate, cocoa, coffee, cherries in the nose heralded a big burly jammy wine. Luckily, the palate was much more elegant and smooth with freshness from raspberry acidity and coffee tones. Extremely enjoyable and despite the hot vintage which showed on the nose no obvious imbalance as I have seen with other 2003's from south of France. I would drink these up now - on the second night it had lost its roundness and came across as somewhat volatile and hollow.
Another Crappy Lineup (S1's Sunroom): Coffee, black tea, camphor, menthol, provencal herbs and a little heat on the nose. Rich dark fruits and great balance. Lots of kirsch. Rich mouthfeel and long finish. Two other tasters scored 97 and 99 so I went with the middle. Simply amazing bottle.
Brought to Monsoon: Opened and rested, the wine was pumping like a volcano---all the tell tale CdP characteristics, loads of fruit and spice with depth and great mouthfeel---really what I want and love in this wine and dynamite with dinner!
Just an awesome bottle of wine. Opened at Stella! and once put into the decanter the waiters kept commenting how explosive the bouquet was. Much has been written about this wine and I agree with most all of the praises. Big fruit with great structure and finishes fairly tannic, yet its a joy to drink now. Still very primary, so hold or drink, cant lose either way at this point.
Decanted for over 2 hours, but was open for business immediately. Evolution was not huge from opening to glass. This wine is a delight to drink. It is most everything you'd want in a CdP, but the heat of the '03 vintage makes it a bit thinner than typical Pegau. I would think to be not as long-lived as most vintages, but drinking beautifully now. Consumed next to a '98 Pegau which showed more depth and complexity.
Lovely gentle spices and hints of earthiness with red fruits in the main. Looked well in the glass, deep red in colour, no purple hue. Surprisingly light bodied but little of the heat commented on by others. Delicate ripe fruits with plenty of mineral and spice backdrop. Tannins evident but far from harsh - this was a beautifully balanced bottle and the sort of wine it was worth savouring every mouthful. Delicious.
Decanted 3 hours. Opaque black-red in the glass fading just at the rim. The aroma of freshly crushed red berries, Asian spices (cinnamon and allspice in particular), sandalwood, and garrigue seemed to fill the room as soon as I poured the first glass. The palate was utterly seamless and perfectly balanced with nice acidity and fine tannin balancing ample ripe fruit. The wine continued in this fashion for at least two hours and then began to shut down. There is a freshness here that is simply wonderful. I expect even greater things in the future but for now it's a magnificent CdP that verges on the extraordinary. Served with roasted, stuffed leg of lamb accompanied a gratin of chard and one of winter squash. Purchased on release and stored in my cellar since.
Le nez est très intense sur des notes d'épices, de garrigue, un peu animales, fruits rouges. En bouche, c'est très dense et d'une texture folle, d'une grande définition malgré la richesse et la chaleur du millésime et la finale est assez longue. Le 2006 était très beau, davantage en finesse, mais celui-ci est à mille lieux devant dans un univers totalement renversant!
A few wines at Monty (The Monterey): Pegau, but amped up pegau in every way. Big expansive nose of exotic and Asian spices, kirsch, vinyl and sandelwood. Palate is quite firm with drying chalky tannins that really hang on. Mature leather and dried fruit and herbs on the palate. Long slightly bitter finish with scorched earth, stone, and repeating sandelwood. Came around with the mature dried fruit becoming more prominent with a liquor-like quality, but not the depth I expect from this bottling. Strong wine, but not better than '98, '00, '01, or '04 and in the style of '03.
A bit subdued on the nose, showing cherry liquor notes with some spice. The palate is refined and subtle with aromatic raspberry compote, asian spice and brambles. Well balanced and certainly a fine wine, but not what I was expecting after all the good press. Perhaps a little shut down?
If you're a fan of Chateauneuf du Pape, this sublime example belongs in your cellar. Explosive aromas of licorice, jammy black and red fruits, garrigue, pepper, spice, kirsch and fresh herbs. Powerful concentrated, rich, intense, pure and mouth filling. There is a lot to like with this wine. It's a fabulous expression of Chateauneuf du Pape.
Beautiful juice! Red as well as black fruits. Beautiful spiciness/garrigue. Not as rustic as many Pégau wines can be. The tannin is soft and pleasantly sticky. Good concentration and a lot of good freshness. A beautiful c9duP. Ready now and at least another 5 - 8 years ahead.
Wow. Love the nose -- dark fruits, earthy/gamy and tobacco. Maybe even floral too. Palate was so lush and smooth with moderate acidity and tannins. Showing so well right now. Decanted 1.5 hours and should last for years. Loved this.
Appeared to have slight seepage down to the label....excellent wine. Really impressive full-throttled attack yet seamless and smooth. A classy Pegau. I will refrain from opening my other bottle for a few years.
On the nose some sweetness, perhaps from the high grenache content, but also a touch of green herbs of some kind. Hard to distinguish exactly. I would have expected a heavier or more "clumsy" wine (in the jammy sense) given the hot vintage, but I found it surprisingly well-balanced. I would say this is was a full-bodied wine, quite good fruitiness and some chocolate/mocca also apparent. Very good food wine, had it with a great coq au vin.
Tasted with the Rhone Rangers at BLT Steak in Washington, DC. (Fall SQN Versus Rhone Dinner). Beautiful nose of ripe red and black fruits including black currants and plums. Silky tannins on palate with great texture and acidity. Layers of ripe fruit, roasted meats, coffee, and tobacco. Less rustic than expected and more open and showing better than the 2000 Mordoree CdP.
SQN vs Rhone Dinner (BLT Steak, DC): This is showing that classic CDP funkiness that I really enjoy, along with lots of dark fruits and coffee grounds. The palate is large and coating, while staying in balance. It just delicious to drink, very enjoyable. This should continue to age well for years.
This wine has been unusually volatile for me: near perfection on one occasion, overripe on another. Tonight it showed both faces. Very dark, dense. For an hour after opening nose showed tapenade, licorice, black current liqueur, distinct surmaturity. Seemed a tad short and flat. Then with air blossomed, showing a far mire nuanced nose, spice, better balance, less heat. So maybe 94 at first, 96 with slow air.
Decanted two hours. Ruby with a little bricking at the edges. Nose of plums and currants, with garrigue, brambles, coffee and horsey Pegau funk. Red fruits on the palate, especially plums, with blood, iron, leather, burnt toast and white pepper. In the zone.
Yummy. This is primal stuff. Bloody, plummy, peppery, so intense and wound up, yet with such such ripe and spicy fruit atop it. While some past bottles have seemed like a bit of a waste, this bottle was screaming from the get-go.
Medium dark red color at first (small pour) but actually red-dark brown with normal pour. Intense nose of garrigue, dried berry, charcoal nose; On the palate it is rich, tight, dried berry, charcoal, garrigue, beets palate; long finish. Very complex. It has a higher level of acidity than the typical CDP. it is well balanced between fruit, tannin & acidity, though a bit sweet (halfway to the Capo?) Very distinctive. Excellent wine but not outstanding. After three hours it was amazing as it opened up and softened. The wine definitely has a fruit forward delivery.It is fantastic. Finally, it is a great value.
Le vin cochon de la semaine! Nez de confiture avec de la garrigue, de la réglisse, même un peu de lavande. Un vin rond, avec encore la confiture, du kirsch, une largeur et une longueur qui n’excluent pas une certaine rusticité. Ce qui me fascine est qu’il a perdu toute impression de puissance, au profit d’un style aérien, voluptueux, très sensuel. Ainsi, il n’y a aucune sensation d’alcool, alors qu’il tire 15.2%., les tanins sont fondus, un vin prêt à boire, ce qui montre que 2003 n’est sans doute pas un millésime de longue garde. C’est gourmand et long, totalement savoureux, que demander de plus? 94-95 pts
Popped and poured. Translucent garnet in the glass. The wine has a complex nose that variously suggests red fruit, garrigue, bay leaf, saddle leather and an umami meaty quality. Medium full bodied with, to my palate, somewhat savory but ripe red berry/cherry fruit and flavors of saddle leather and earth echoing the nose. This is pretty good, but this bottle doesn't speak to me the way it seems to thrill so many others. Perhaps some additional bottle time will help, or perhaps the two bottles I have tried are not representative.
Excellent wine, with good balance and freshness, be it with a rough side to the tannins (ie it reveals itself as a 2003 alright). Remains very good for a 2003 but I'm increasingly doubtful whether the vintage will stand the test of time.
Dinner at l'Artusi 6/28/2011 (l'Artusi): Deep blood. Nose fat with lots of alcohol; garrigue; some oxidation. Not in love with the nose... Palate is better, v rich and sweet, tannic. Primary, earth and stones. Decent length, but overall a little ponderous and heavy. Not my vintage, but I knew that going in. B
Garnet color in the glass, fairly clear looking. Nose of barnyard, dried herbs, berries and plums. Flavors of black berries, black cherries and a bit of plum. Medium to bright acidity, medium to firm tannins, medium to full bodied. Hold?
Deep center, garnet rim. Meaty, clean raspberry liqueur aromatics. Round with pure fruit, ground coffee and just a touch of menthol. Quite amazing in that there is clearly a roasted quality but the acidity is enlivening and there are no telltale porty notes. I'd never tasted this before and must say that I was shocked at the balance and depth of this wine given my experience with other '03 Chateauneufs. Drink now or drink later; its generosity does not suggest that it will go through closed, sullen phases.
consistent with all of the previous bottles (i've gone through a more than a case of this between my cellar and various restaurants)- never disappoints- only gets better and for me, it defines chateauneuf for me. this bottle was a grey market import purchased as a "future" from premier cru.
Intense nose of garrigue, dried herbs and spicy red fruits. Very lively and balanced palate, not at all heavy or clumsy. Starting to show some bottle age, but still a pup and very primary. Some tannic bite on the finish, but showing impeccable balance.
Ældet farve. Klassisk, omend varm, pegau-næse. Kirsebær, mørke blommer, urter, mørk rom, okseblod og appelsinskal. Kraftig tannin, og temmelig præget af alkohol. Bestemt ikke dårligt af en 03er, men lige vel kraftig tannin og varm frugt.
Popped and poured into 2 375s and then let sit in the glass for 30 minutes before tasting. Gorgeous transparent dark red. Subdued nose of intense ripe dark fruits. After an hour, at first entry into the mouth, the wine is also subdued, once you get to mid palate and beyond, this wine explodes with intense candied fruit, with acids, tannin and alcohol all combining to give a heady blast of licorice, provencal herbs, iodine and meat. To me, not quite as good as the 2001 Pegau Reservee I had last night. I have a bunch more so I will age these awhile longer to see if they hit the sweet spot for my taste.
I have been following this wine since 2006 and I have to say the 2003 Cuvée Réservée still keeps amazing me over and over again. This is one amazing wine. Tonight the nose is full of perfect garrigue mixed with lovely Grenache kirsch, tobacco and wet saddle leather. It is astonishing and to me very elegant, although some signs of age is starting to appear... Yet the palate has thrilling tannins at the back end revitalising this meticulous effort, but also telling us this wine has a few years to go in the cellar before reaching its peak. I love this wine. Highly recommended.
Started our very big, almost pruny but with time in the decanter begin to mellow out some. Very fruity and jammy but seems to pull it off with a godd balance of acidity - the wine did not seem out of proportion at all. Oh, and it was delicious!
Blind tasted. Already open since the day before but protected by NO2. Brick orange. Stinky, barnyard, brett. Grippy taniins, hot red fruits, alcohol - strawberries in alcohol. Probably a bad bottle but a real shame since the last one I tried was unbelievable.
Great when just opened - and tasted at 13.5 degrees - very provencal, very Pegau, full bodied, young, adorable. Now, at 16 degrees, the alcohol (14 procent? I think not!) is showing more, still a great wine, but there is certainly a delicate balance - like dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde vis a vis the temperature and time with air. Very open, but will keep for many years. Dinner at home.
Pirate à la verticale de Clos des Papes Nez de vieilles confitures. La bouche est de puissance moyenne mais avec beaucoup de richesse, tout en montrant un très bel équilibre. Un vin très gourmand, voire cochon, qui ne manque pourtant pas d’une certaine finesse pour autant (bon, c’est pas Chambolle! tout est relatif, on est bien dans le Ch9 !). 93-94 pts Bien reconnu.
Bold bloody and meaty nose that just oozes out of the glass and fills the room. Complex and spicy through to the long and lingering finish. There is a welcome edge of rusticity that marries beautifully with the full throttle CdP fruit. I am flat out impressed with this wine each time I taste it (save one or two occasions) and will be happy to drink many times over the years. Just don’t need the luxury cuvees…. (97)
Nez complexe, de vieille confiture, kirsch et d'herbes grillées, une pointe de mélasse.
Le vin est d'une ampleur et d'une richesse rares, gras et très long, aux parfums de garrigue et de kirsch. Il a même une sucrosité qui pourrait ne pas plaire à tous. Mais c'est d'une gourmandise incroyable. Un Pegau un peu extrême, mais dense, profond, suave et franchement délicieux! Étonnamment, l'alcool est discret, très bien intégré. Cette bouteille est beaucoup plus ouverte que les précédentes. Lives up to the hype and high expectations. 95 pts
Dark red. Very roasted sweet dark fruit nose. Very ripe and syrupy. Seemed to get sweeter in the glass. Dry but ripe fruit flavours. I'm sure the structure is there but it seemed very simple and the finish was sweet but long. What is going on here? Not recognizable as Pegau for me.
WineFanatic Southern Rhone Offline (Vancouver, BC): Decanted for 4 hours. Dark red in colour. A ripe and concentrated nose of roasted dark berries, stewed plums, black liquorice and herbs. Overall a sweet and roasted profile to this wine. Doesn’t taste or smell like Pegau I’ve ever had and comes across very modern, sweet and over extracted. At this stage this is an abomination of CdP and I’m saddened to see that I have many bottles left. It doesn’t surprise me that according to my previous TN on this wine, back in 2007, I really liked it—back then I was new to wine and was mainly drinking cheaper Auzzie reds…this would have fit right in. Maybe this will become something interesting in 10+ years but I’m not holding my breath. Very disappointing. Drinkable.
Gotta agree with Pekingunther on this one. This might have just reached a dramatic transitioin point, judging from the stellar reviews over the past year and the tight, tannic, stewed plum juice I had tonight. Biggest disappointment of my wine drinking career.
I am sorry but I have to ask, how does RP judge now that this wine is or will be 99, or WS 96 for that matter. It will be a great wine... in 20 - 30 years. My second daughter was born in 2003 and this might just be ready for her 21st (for me not her - I'lll need it by then). Back to the wine, I'd call it a rough diamond, there are hints all around that it has something great coming, but it is just too tight and too tanic to score any higher now than I have. In fact it was almost 89. It will reach the heights that are predicted of it, the tanin's will subside and the fruit will open and become balanced. It has some cedar on it that will enhance the darker fruits when they fight their way through. If you have 6 or more, drink one now, drink another in 10 years and really enjoy it in 20. If you only have 1 or 2 keep it deep in the back of your cellar where you cannot be tempted by its current ratings and professional reviews.
Beautiful wine, in great harmony, and showed tertiary flavors while enveloped with silky fruit. Very nice Pegau and one of the best CDP I've ever had because nothing was out of place, not candied without too much earthy flavors and definitely had a spectrum of flavors. Only had it at home during the workweek but was already very enjoyable!
Decanted a home for 4 hours. My first taste of this vintage of Pegau. Now I understand why this is priciest of the last 15 years - it's really good. Still youthful, I imagine this will develop further with time. All the components of a great CdP are here.
Anonymous Tasting (Lucio's BYOB, Houston): Nose of leather, black fruit, olive, sage. On the palate nice full expression of black fruit, raspberry, olive, roasted meats. Finishes with crips acidity. 3rd bottle I have tried (all courtesy of jar1) and they have all been a little different. Drink or hold.
This continues to be a stellar albeit painfully young wine. Searingly tannic, ripe, roasted plum, huge amounts of white pepper, blood and rocks. This has such a pleasing interplay of sweet and savory elements that are buffered by the formidable structure of this wine. Spice cake and pepper play atop brooding power with a hint of quinine. Is it old school or modern? To me if feels more like the former, but it's a wild ride for sure. Huge future upside. In terms of today, it offers a pretty firm kick in the teeth for now.
Very dark, at 7 years no signs of age. Graphite, galet, licorice, blackberry, blueberry, minerality - all in balance and with incredible depth. Will not touch my other bottles for at least another 3 years
Delicious. I got the smoky, cherry, kirsch, pepper thing for sure. It was deep purple in the glass. We enjoyed this at Hanna's. It mellowed throughout the dinner. Dave the owner went gaga and really liked. Get some and give it a try.
Dinner with JAR and TWG (Lucio's BYOB, Houston): Far different that the last bottle I tried. Funky nose of leather, soy, black raspberry, red cherry, smoked meats, sage, lavender. On the palate, red and black raspberry, anise, leather, red cherries. Finishes with smooth, sweet tannins, and integrated upliftying acidity. This put on considerable weight after it got some air. Drink with a decant or continue to hold. Oustanding to classic. Great value.
this wine has gone from strength to strength- never been closed down; never disappoints- with bryan's 35 day dry aged strips- what a beautifully balanced chateauneuf... we've must have had a case of this since release and it's consistently flirting with perfection. the depth of this wine makes it great.
Surprisingly closed at first, very reticent nose. After an hour in decanter started to show much better. Sweet smelling grenache heavy nose, slight garrigue and a bit of funk. Palate was just slightly hot, but not pruney or overripe. Better than the previous bottle.
Sweet nose with kirsch and herbs. Still primary with loads of ripe fruit like cherries. Meaty, full and very concentrated. Fresh with no edges ending in a long finish thats a little dry. Delicious to drink now althogh it's still young
JR and Renee's BBQ -- Showing well, ripe yet still with a nice sleek minerally disposition. Lots of brambly earthy wild fruits, scorched earth, some crushed tarry stones. Refreshing on the palate for an '03 as well.
This wine is ridiculously young, extreme and delicious. Ripe, beefy, meaty, bloody, peppery, lots of spice, some definite soy/umami action as well. Huge structure. What ca I say that hasn't been said? This is still primordial, an utter baby, although perhaps it is starting to come into focus a little but.
Stunning!! Opened on the advice of the Brussels group ... and not sorry. Great nose of kirsch, toasted cherries and earth. Palate of plums, cassis, spice and forest floor with a meaty undertone. Great, concentrated mouth feel...almost chewy... long finish. Certainly more open for business than the 2003 Da Capo we drank last summer.
The OC Blind Wine Crew goes Italian (Il Barone Ristorante, Newport Beach, CA): Served blind. Dark baked fruit nose that seems to show some age with a note of pepper and heat. Seems to show some age on the palate as well with notes of brick. Identified as a CdP but I was shocked that it was an 03 with its lean feel and lack of rich fruit or strong heat. A strong CdP showing balance though the qualities that make this seem aged to me would make me think this won't be a long term wine. Still not wowed by this label other than certain vintages.
again - lovely nose; great concentration! great spice box! amazing depth and finish- this wine has been great from the get go; this time the tannins seemed a bit more apparent but they are so sweet that the overall balance of the wine is not harsh in the least. a complete wine- I think this is the tenth time i've had this wine and it's consisitently one of the best chateauneufs i've had. we're visiting Pegau in a couple of weeks and looking forward to it.
Wednesday Night Blind - June 2010 (Peter Pratt's Inn): tasted blind - This was big wine with lots of fruit, but is was more subdued fruit, not flashy, it had really nice earthy undertones and nice minerality running through it as well. A very complete wine and one of my favorite reds of the evening. I thought it could have been a Super Tuscan.
From Imp (500ml) [!!]: Wow! Open for business unlike the last 750ml I had. Quite strong notes of rose petal (just like a Barolo), followed by more Ch.9-like cherry and tea. The rose petal streak never left ... if Clos de Papes is the 'Burgundian' Chateaunuef, is Pegau the Piedemont-like version? In any case: a terrific bottle of wine, without a trace of the heat/alcohol/spirityness which mares os many other 2003s.
Garnet color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose starts with a little leather followed by notes of berries, a bit of perfume and talc. Flavors of berries and cherries. Medium to bright acidity, medium to firm tannins, medium body. Hold? Perhaps it'll improve with more time?
Pure fruit flavors of raspberry and cherry that stop just short of being too syrup-y, a little sweat, meaty notes, and lots of "roasted" Garrigue. This wine is a bit disjoint today; the transition from fruit-bomb to a finish dominated by spice is not as seamless as it could be or, I hope, will be in a few years.
Massive stuff; a powerhouse of ripe red and dark fruits with a faintly roasted tinge to the flavours and accents of pepper and rosemary. Incredibly dense and heavy in the mouth to the point that it's a challenge to drink much of this, there's very little acidity and the texture's almost syrupy. Oof.
Silky smooth after 2 hour decant. Ripe juicy fruits with classic Provencal herbs on finish. This bottle seemed a little flat, lacking some of the energy I've noticed in other bottles. This paired really nicely with lamb chops.
I read the reviews and opened my second bottle just to make sure I had the same wine. I did. This wine is outstanding. Very complex. It has a higher level of acidity than the typical CDP. it is well balanced between Fruit (and I didn't find it nearly as sweet as other reviews but hey this is a CDP all CDP's have a certain amount of sweetness and it is rare indeed to find a dry CDP with a lot of complexity like this wine). I found it very distinctive. My initial impression was this wine was 94-96. Excellent wine but not outstanding. I let it stand for three hours and it was amazing the degree to which it opened up and softened. The wine definitely has a fruit forward delivery but I love that. I just want it to be incredible fruit and I want the wine to be built to last. I don't want the wine to be overly sweet. This wine meets those test. It is fantastic. Finally, it is a great value.
Big, ripe dark fruit. I definitely see the differences from the more subtle '04, and understand how people can feel this is over-ripe and extracted, with stewed fruit. I however felt it was delicious, due to the combination of the acidity, meat notes, herbs, and overall balance. I suggest you let it sit in a decanter for 2+ hours, as it definitely opened up later in the evening.
14% alcohol and heavy extraction didn't overwhelm a vibrant acidity that kept it in perfect balance. Typical CdP, violets and stones. Don't think that it is worth the current valuation, but I'll enjoy drinking the rest of my bottles.
Wow was this ripe. White pepper, oregano and hugely intense black fruit with a good hit of alcohol on the nose. You can tell there is good construction on the palate, but it does get lost in the waves of super-ripe fruit. I think this may mellow a little bit with time?
First time having this wine, although I have had the '04 many times and really enjoy it. This bottle was one dimensional, sweet upfront with a cough syrup flavor. No balance as missing the acidity, so just dies in your mouth after the sweetness fades. Another '03 that I am not a fan of. Hopefully not a representative bottle.
This was a wine that everyone either loved or hated. The nose was explosive red fruit, pepper, herbs, and coffee. The palate was like a small bomb going off in the mouth -- filled with strong harsh tannins, black fruit, and a hint of Moxie (?) and/or Dr. Pepper (?). The finish was simply overwhelmed by the tannins leaving a gritty/harsh after taste. Everyone agreed we wouldn't try any of the next bottles for at least the next 5 - 10 years and see if the tannins ease back at all.
Spritzy again to begin with. The wine has so much energy that the spritz is masked but if you pop and pour you won't be happy. Big everything - tannin, acid and fruit seems to stay in balance. I'm guessing that these will be much better down the road even though they are fun to drink now.
consistent with all of the previous bottles- i've now had this 7 or 8 times since release (at least)- it's a near perfect bottle of wine with excpetional balance of fruit, tannins, acid, spices... evolving very slowly- super long finish; great aromas; a complete wine. glad i have near a case of this left.
First bottle was corked and we decanted the second bottle of the night. The overwhelming nose of stewed black fruit, blood, bacon and earth was living up to its reputation and it, indeed, was a Pegau pedigree. Very long in its finish with utterly complex mid palate with a bit of heat (but not out of place). Drinking very, very well right now.
Deep garnet with a touch of purple. Richly dark fruited nose with a good earthy backbone. Almost like Chateauneuf concentrate. Rich, yet pure and within bounds. A full mouthful of wine to be sure, but a very pleasing one. A great kick-start to the year. A great bottle of southern Rhone – very very long - in a great place today. (96)
Last time I had this I thought it was too heavy, but on christmas eve with fat duck and all the typical Danish attributes, it was quite pleasant. It cut through the heavy food admirably and had a wonderful ripe nose with a hint of green herbs and smoked bacon. Sweet and full bodied on the palate with a quite long finish.
High expectations and you know how that usually ends... Black in color, perfume nose--literally. Numbing finish in my mouth but almost medicinal. I am struggling to figure out what I think and how to describe it...
Poured blind. I intially guessed syrah, given the sweet cherry and blueberry, along with saddle and tar. I should have picked up on the red notes and went with the rhone choice of grenache but missed the cue. Seemed more CA-like, with a riper style but given the aromatics, all french. I liked it.
Ken's Birthday (Inovasi, Lake Bluff, IL): Huge nose of dark red and blue fruits with tons of spice and great savory herb notes. Lush, fruit forward palate with a lot of grip on the long finish. Lots of tannin and acid. Very nice.
Young, smoldering, and reticent. This took a few hours in the decanter to wake up and when it did finally kick in it had loads of beef blood, roast beast, grilled plum, and white pepper. Screaming with potential and painfully young. Wait, wait, wait...
Amazing. Full stop. Love at first sight. Maybe it is because the wine represents some sort of essence of my personal taste, but still the 2003 Cuvée Réservée simply "delivers". The balance between fruit, oak and tannins is perfect though not subtle at all. Dark berries and limestone - probably depending on the food and cheese chosen. (Oven roasted sweet potatoes with thyme, rosemary and garlic, red wine sauce and filét mignon followed by Gruyère, Appenzeller Extra and Comté) Decanted for about two hours. Glad I have a few bottles left...
First decanted for 3-4 hours and was drunk over a period of 3 hours. This wine is fantastic and very sophisticated. Truly a great wine!
This was part of a CDP tasting. It was a clear winner that night. tasted up against other great wines such as Rayas, Clos des papes etc.
Nose: Amazing nose with black current, cherry, forrest, brett, barn, horse, bacon, strong alcohol. Very very interesting, complex and intriguing aromas.
Taste: Strong, but very pleasant tannins. Big, bold, sweet and soft, but clear presence of acidity to keep it at bay. Animal/brett, candy, dark fruit and herbal notes. Extremely long aftertaste, several minutes, fills your mouth with very interesting, powerful yet subtle flavours.
Food: paired with nice hearty meal, Osso bucco with veg, rosemary, bayleaf and mash.
Lunch at Rothmann's with A de M. First impressions: raisiny, black pepper, leather, underbrush notes, brawny; heat on the nose - this should have been served about 5 degrees cooler. I'm trying hard to not fall into my tendency to call yet another '03 Chateauneuf "Zin-like", but in looking over my descriptors, it reads on paper like a Zin even though it does retain its Chateauneuf origins. Not all that impressed initially, as it comes across as showing the baked, rasiny quality of the superhot vintage. After about an hour of air, it takes a turn from the brawny and inelegant to a more restrained composure, even emitting interesting floral notes and, dare I say, a sweet, feminine side rather than its rugged, brawny side. But then it reverses course once again, returning to the brawny, peppery, leathery side. Doesn't do much to change my prior conclusions, which are: if I'm going to drink a CdP, it shouldn't be an '03, and if I have to drink an '03, it should be Rayas or Charvin, as no others really do it for me. Producer over vintage? Not in this case.
BUY DRINK. Pegau is one of my all time favourites, I buy a case every year. Granted, it is a more rustic CNF style than Clos Des Papes but it is so foursquare. The colour is dark purple and deep, with a nicely paralleled acidity, the nose and taste is bacon and all those heavy meat things-going-on. I prefer this to the Clos des Papes 2003 (see http://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=31665 ), though one could argue that the latter is more stylish. Pegau wins on large-limbed bigness. Am not sure what this does in time but will probably tend to last rather than thin out. And did I say loooooong.
a Prévost. Excellent, la texture est belle, le vin concentré mais équilibré, tout est en place mais il sera assurément bien meilleur dans quelques années. Il ne reste qu'a l'attendre pour qu'il s'ouvre davantage et gagne en complexité. 92-94 pts
Leaker. I would have guessed this blind to be a huge Aussie Shiraz. I will assume this bottle wasn't an accurate representation but it seems to me that these should be held for several more years to show their best. Day 2 - Wow, what a difference 24 hours makes. This has settled down and is really enjoyable. I still say wait for these to mature.
Drinking well now, not as in your face fruit as it was a couple years back, but still represents the 03 fruit well. gotta love Pegau looking back I wish I would have bought more at the $69 futures price, oh well
The 2003 Pegau Reservee is fantastic. I had this wine 3 years ago and it was too port-like and tight. The wine has certainly improved with time in the cellar. Opened 3 hours and decanted for another hour before drinking. Deep purple/garnet color. Initial nose upon opening the bottle of port and dried fruits. As the wine had time to breathe, the nose changed to sweet black fruits, garrigue and gunmetal. Layered flavors of raspberries, strawberries, dried cherries, chocolate, garrigue, pepper, iron, beef blood, tar, licorice and anise. This wine had different flavors with each taste. Nice, long finish. Tannins are still very much present. Some oak also distinguishable after 30+ on the finish. This wine is tasting more and more like the Capo. This wine is drinking well now, but will be even better in 2-4 years. If you're dying to try this wine and you have a few bottles, drink one now. If you have 1-2 bottles in your cellar, wait a few years to pop the cork.
Too much 2003 typicity for my taste, at least at this moment. Very sweet nose of dark grenache fruit, marmelade, candied spices, chocolate. Extremely sweet attack, heavy mid-palate, the fruit masks the tannins but they are (thank god) there in satisfying amounts. The acidity is unfortunately not up to the normal fresh Pegau standard, again due to the vintage. The finish is unbalanced with too much sweetness and too little acidity, making the wine a bit cloying and I found it hard to drink a whole bottle without getting tired of it. It may settle down with age, and I think due to the enourmous amounts of fruit and sweetness, it will be very long lived. I will not touch another bottle until 5 years.
It's a very good CNDP, showing typical of vintage 2003 character, ripe fruits, not deep but good clean, full body, deep impact and long finished. If you are a fan of Pegau, you must love it but I'm not....really not my type of wine....indeed !!!
ps. I tasted some good vintages such as 1999, 2000, 2001 but I won't pay for it anymore. I almost buy the magnum of 2005 recently. Lucky me !!
This wine was decanted and poured. It was tasted side by side with a 2003 Chateau de Beaucastel CdP. This wine showed significantly better and demonstrated a more open and accessible personality than the Beaucastel. The aromatics shows raspberry, pepper, mocha and stone notes. The color is a dark ruby that is correct for its age. The medium/full bodied palate shows plushness and balance. This is drinking well now. This may benefit from additional bottle age and should continue to drink well for many years.
Dinner Scott and Kate -- I thought this showed wonderfully fresh, sleek and flashy with nice minerally cave-y dark chocolate notes. Licorice, espresso, spice. To me it showed more enjoyable and less volatile than the '03 Beaucastel we had side by side.
Decanted three hours. Dark ruby red. Nose has raisins, dark fruit, roasted meats and some herbs. As the glass warms, some barnyard comes out. Palate is medium bodied, silky, but strong tannins. Lots of plum, raisin, toast. This, to me, is clearly young, and does not quite bring out the more 'traditional' flavors I usually get from 2001 and earlier Pegau's, nor is it as approachable as the 05 and 06. I wonder how much of this is the 03 vintage -- will this fully come together, or is it just too young to show its best? Very good, though for the current cost I would pick up a couple of the 05's and be happy about it. Couple hours later: Lowered the score a bit as it never improved.
Doubled decanted and then consumed over 4 hours. Full-bodied wine that is dark garnet in color. On the nose, plums, barnyard, minerals, and light VA. On the palate, dried cherries, more minerals, and licorice on the very long 40-second finish. Well-balanced but taut wine that has strident tannins right now. Needs plenty more time in the bottle to hit its peak.
It's been a while since we had one of these, time to check in. Decanted for 90 minutes before serving, significant amounts of silty sediment in the bottle. In the glass, a garnet-tinted dark red. On the nose, raspberries and strawberries and a touch of herbs. Initially muted on the palate with a bit of spritz and a port-like raisiny flavor, but over the course of the next 90 minutes, turned into pure liqueur of grenache, saturated with fruit and bramble, with a long finish and a wall of tannins that arrive on the back palate. The last glass, 3+ hours after opening, was the best one, reminiscent of the first bottle we had shortly after purchase, and certainly indicates that this wine has many years ahead of it. If you must open one now, give it a three-hour decant at a minimum, but I would really recommend waiting at least another 2-3 years (knowing full well I probably won't heed my own advice).
much more powerful than last time i visited this in 2007. nose of kirsch, raisin, herbs de provance, and subtle brett soaur from the glass. medium body, but huge mouth presence. strikingly rich. the flavor profile follows the nose. etoh is detectable both on the nose, but more so on the palate. tannins most evident during the long kirsh and raisin filled finish. i have to say i'm a bit disappointed by this showing. the etoh really sticks out in this bottle, and i'm not much a fan of the raisin quality - clearly a sign of the hot vintage. i hope this isn't a sign of things to come.
'Vintage Pairs II' Offline (The Ledbury, London): Wow, it seeems I tasted this at the vintage pairs offline last year - this bottle is showing so much better. Lovely purity of fruit. Not too heavy,not too alcoholic, clean pure and long. This will be stunning. Not a hint of '2003' syndrome. Black fruit, a touch of spice, black olive and garrigue, long and flavourful with a fresh and very long finish. ***(**)
Very young, bright and structured. Sour damson, and black cherry stone fruit with hints of worn saddle leather and Indian spice. Refined persistent finish with silty tannin still in need of resolution. Medium bodied, energetic - let the rest sleep awhile.
Definitely tastes like its from a hot year. Loads of dark fruit (slightly raisiny), lots of tannin, and some noticeable alcohol. Still very young. This is not classic in style- it's flamboyant. While it is tasty right now, hold for at least 3-5 years, and hopefully overtime it will evolve into something more complex and traditional. 91 for now.
A beautiful ruby color and again a soaring nose of kirsch essence, blood, provencal herbs, dark berry fruits, and a whole lot of wonderful. The hallmark Pegau black garrigue flavor is there but concealed in a wealth of near perfect fruit. Great palate texture with a paradoxical marriage of size, depth, and elegance. I rarely call a young CdP Burgundian, but the focus and weightlessness in this wine was as close as I may ever get to call a young CdP Burgundian (excluding Rayas and Charvin). This has a rare and beautiful marriage of size, balance, and deftness. A young Muhammad Ali. Flat out fantastic and outclassed the delicious but comparatively simple 02 Cobos. Terrific again. 98 pts.
Rick's Wedding Reception: A very, very good bottle of CdP. Best Cdp I've tasted from 2003 thus far. Incredibly powerful on the palate with ample tannin, kirsch and plum fruit, and some creamy, glycerin notes. Meat juice, licorice, and loamy notes. Ever so slightly raisiny on the finish, but it never got hot or flabby. If I had to nitpick, I'd say this lacks a little acidity, and for lovers of the more traditional style of CdP, this will probably never approach the heights of the 2001 or even the 2000. That said, amazing wine, and certainly with multiples of its release price.
Solid. Decanted for 2 hours. Dark rather reticent nose that displayed notes of plums/prunes/raisins, some blackberry, dark cherries, cedar, licorice and plums. Really dense and rich and slightly hot with a strong port-like scent. The palate is very structured, dense with tightly wound-up tannins on a grainy but long long dense raisiny finish. Great structure and lots and lots of potential for the future. Really nice wine.
As much as I still love this wine, I no longer think the level flirts with perfection. Sublime, wonderful play of tobacco and toffee aromas overlayed on that rich, sweet fruit. Yet something is starting to clash here -- a note that seems a bit too shrill, a flavor that seems a bit too insistent.... On the decline or just in an awkward stage? Only time can possibly answer the question...
I thought I would try one, since I have several..No need to try again for 5 years. Nice structure..great nose of berries, spice and some funk. Big on the palate..lots of tannins and fruit ,, but fairly well integrated. This should be outstanding in the future.
Similar to last notes, but a bit more shut down. The glycerin was lower, and there was much less earthiness to it. I see others are starting to find the same, so I wonder if it's going into hibernation...
Wow. Poured a little prior to decanting, and just amazing right out of the bottle. Cherries for sure, herbs, berries, balanced by a great earthiness. Tannins integrated but definitely with a dusty texture on the tongue. Let it decant for 4 hours. Cherries came out even more. Tannins are interesting--the dustiness is nearly gone, but now the fruit comes first with a bit of higher tannins, yet on the midpalate a sudden glycerin stage hits that completely counterbalances the tannins. There is a really soft, smooth, thick but not too thick texture to this wine. Just truly fabulous. So great to drink now, but this has years ahead of it. I would have to give it 94-95 now with huge potential for the future as well.
2003 CdP tasting at Rothmann's Steakhouse, New York. To me it seems like the 2003 Pegau is starting to close down. It's a masculine wine for sure and, aside from the Santa Duc, the most rustic of the wines we tasted. I've always found flavors of cassis, lavender, thyme and garrigue in this wine and it was the same last night. A step up in concentration and density compared to the other CdPs. Good structure, not flabby or heady and with moderate tannins. I own this wine and will let it sleep for 5 years at least. Liked by many at the table. I noticed that some liked it even more when the foil was removed from the bottle. Label drinker? Who, me? No, not at all. Good wine, but not a 98,99 or 100 point wine or whatever score RP gives it (and hence everybody else that taste it).
Pegau Reserve Vertical Tasting: (Bottled April 2006) Medium dark red color with a red hue. Great intensity on the nose with raspberry, anise and fruit cake. Very sweet fruit on the palate with boiled raspberry sweets and jam. The great acidity balances it nicely and lifts it from becoming heavy or cloying, instead it seems elegant and delicate. Great overall balance and good tannic grip on the end. Lacks a bit of the nuances the November release had, but is otherwise very similar to it.
Pegau Reserve Vertical Tasting: (Bottled January 2006) Medium dark red color with a red hue. Good intensity on the nose with raspberry, anise, dirt and a note of turpentine. Juicy and sweet fruit on the palate, boiled raspberries and sweets. The boiled fruit continues all the way through to the end but is accompanied by herbs, tobacco and spices from the midpalate on. Good acidity and powerful tannins. Scratches on the tongue and is a bit stringent, it needs to smoothen out and soften up a bit. Very good.
Pegau Reserve Vertical Tasting: (Bottled November 2005) Medium dark red color with a red hue. Great intense nose with raspberry, anise, sweets and fruit cake. Super supple, juicy and sweet fruit on the palate, raspberries, boiled sweets. Great length with anise, licorice and spices on the midpalate and finish. Lively acidity that lifts the wine and makes it feel velvety smooth and delicate, while being extremely powerful. Good powerful tannic grip at the end but well intregrated with the fruit. Extremely impressive.
Brought to Mom's dinner: popped and "andouzed" for 90 minutes. Roasted herbs, scortched earth and brambly fruit were dominant. A little rougher than the pumping elixir of a year or two ago. Still a satifying a fun wine to drink--Dad and Karen loved it, my sister was pleased too.
This is a tremendous wine. Intensely aromatic, this emits a torrent of flowers, fruit, spices, meat, and who-knows-what-else. The palate is pretty tightly coiled at this point, yet still reveals appealing richness and balance. Finishes with chewy tannins.
A Last Minute Bash for 8 (Pacific Time, 40 th St(Design District), Miami): WOTN. I added this to the mix when Bob asked if he, Delia, and her 2 friends Joe & Pat could join us at Pacific Time. He had previously decanted the 98, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to have these legendary vintages side by side. Unfortunately, I could only decant it for 1 hour before traveling. Nevertheless it was the star of the evening, richer and more sumptuous than its older sibling. Although I believe the 98 has more structure, and may outlive the 03.Over the course of our 3 hour repast it evolved well. Dark smoky fruits, and sensuous moutfeel, with an extended finish.
Haven't tried this in a while. Deep dark ruby in color. I love the blackness of Pegau. Deep and dark raspberries and kirsch, with earth and meat. The rusitcity and wildness of Pegau and its spicy herbal notes (that I love) are still there, but hidden behind a wealth of terribly well balanced fruit. This wine has nearly all I can ask of Grenache: great minerality and a imposing palate presence. Very large scaled but in perfect balance. Heme, meat, black raspberries and more dark cherries, almost an essence of these flavors. A ton of stuff going on here, with a fine briery note that plays second fiddle to the wealth of fruit and balanced density in this wine. Brilliant stuff, and still probably my favorite '03 (well except for the Capo). 98 pts.
C'était effectivement très bon, pas mal dans les meilleurs châteauneuf-du-pape dégustés. Assez complexe, avec un nez changeant sur les épices, les herbes aromatiqes, la guarrigue, le poivre, une touche sauce oisin. En bouche, vraiment beau, riche, texture sublime, par contre c'était effectivement alcooleux, mais ca restait du solide. Dégustée en comparé avec clos de l'oratoire 2004 et Rayas 2003, j'ai préféré Rayas, mais pas de beaucoup. Les deux vins étaient très différents, avec des personnalités très affirmées. Des vins chaleureux, comme il se doit, mais bien faits.
Pulled cork and tasted right away and then left open and consumed over 6 hours. Brilliant ruby red purple color. At first opening it was really disjointed. It smelled like oyster shell, cocktail sauce, with little fruit coming though.
At hour 3 it had shed the oysters and cocktail sauce aromas and started showing Fresh fig, blackberry, raspberry, bittersweet chocolate, open pit BBQ pork, and a nice dose of earth, forest decay, and a hint a licorice. The wine was balance with big tannins and medium acidity.
At hour 6 there blackberry and licorice emerged as bigger players. The oyster shell turned into flinty minerality. There was also plenty of vanilla and ground pepper.
My advise: open this one and let it sit for 4+ hours before drinking. It's not going to fade.
no heat or shiraz-like notes as are frequently alluded to on ebob. i thought this wine was pretty good, and holds even better potential. decanted, and followed for five hours. there was a short period where i thought it was shutting down, but the performance was bookened by black cherry and spice, moderate oak that i could tolerate. hold for a couple of years. this will never get to the level of the 01, but it should be a solid act for many years to come.
I agree with many on CT that think this is a great wine but it is still very young. While it is a pleasure to drink now it will be so much better when the tannins settle down a little. The fruit is ripe and rich while the tannin provides some serious grip. 95+ after some air and with the potential (guaranteed) to improve significantly with some age.
The nose is already very evolved with notes of wild game, roasted meat, cherry liqueur, ripe strawberries, soy sauce and herbes de provence... in the mounth, it is the perfect balance between ripe cherries, refreshing acidity and silky tannins and a long long long finish... a wine to die for...this reconfirms what I already thought before... you never have enough Pégau 2003 in your cellar :-)
Close to my 12th bottle and this was one of the more tight and compact bottles. The aromas are dense and pure with stunning cassis and dark fruit intermixed with licorice, meat and leather notes. The palate is full bodied, amazingly tannic and structured with gorgeous fruit, texture and length. If I had to pick just one wine to drink, this would be it.
Pegau Vertical (Morton's Steakhouse, Washington DC): The controversial wine of the evening. This bottle was audouzed then splash decanted several hours prior, if I’m not mistaken. For me, it teetered on the knife’s edge between brilliant and disasterous. It was by far the most primal and tasted blind, I wouldn’t peg it as Pegau out of the lineup. High-pitched, almost punchy nose of deep cassis, and stewed plum. The wine had a hollowness that was accompanied by a haunting permanence to its finish. It was simply a very mercurial wine to taste. I’d imagine that upon release, it really overwhelmed the palate, perhaps billing up to its lofty score, however I don’t think that it is a valid representation of the chateau and I question whether the wine can remain harmonious through extended aging. If it does, it will most likely be the most brilliant of the lot, simply because it is the most endowed. I have my doubts though.
Medium red with some very fine sediment. Big nose with berries, plum, cherry, herbs and leather. Immediately after opening it was drinking well but after 6 hours in the decaner it's opened up quite a bit. On the palate this is full bodied, lush, really nice tannins and good acidity. Surprisingly well balanced at 15.5% alcohol. It is noticeable but not intrusive. The finish goes on and on with a melange of flavors. Smoke, herbs, fruit. Just a lovely wine.
(at Christopher Daniel – Baltimore) Black with a touch of garnet. Coffee grounds and black fruits. Big, rich and thick – a young pup. Much better purity than the last bottle of this I tasted. There is solid structure under the fruit and I think 5 to 7 years of aging will do great things. (93+)
WWW, Rotterdam. Typical Rhone: very masculin and rough around the edges. Licorice and glycerine on the nose. Herbs and dark fruit on the palate. Long finish. Very concentrated and well made. Excellent.
After a long week in the cellar and sending quite a bit of this wine off for sale, it seemed a fitting end to the week. A really great Chateauneuf du Pape if you like the big, intense, roasty style. I admire it but have to admit it is a bit too much for me...my initial infatuation has worn thin. With time, though, I could see this becoming a wine I would really love.
Chateauneufs on a Sunday evening (Broomfield, Co): Just an utterly profound wine and it never fails to disappoint... decant, don't decant, one day, two day.. doesn't matter and it seems to always show well. Just a massive wine, this has unreal levels of dark meaty fruit, spice, leather and game aromas, full body, perfect balance, awesome texture and a monster finish.
Utterly stellar bottle of wine. Since release I have found this to be perhaps a bit too much, too young, too intense. But this bottle was utterly beguiling from first to last sip. Just popped and poured with no decanting and followed over the course of 6 hours. Layers of fruit, garrigue, and peppery spice. Fantastic texture, length and grip. An utter baby, but this was the most pleasure I have yet gotten from the 2003. This is going to be fantastic drinking for a long, long time to come.
expressive nose of dark chocolates, espresso, black cherries. smooth entry onto the palate but soon reveals its massive strength as tons of layers of CdP goodness grip every taste bud. lots of grenache and tons of exuberance. this wine is just barely learning to crawl. expect perfection in 10yrs.
Stones and earth on the nose, as well as dried cherries. On the palate, a lovely silkiness until the finish, when it somehow roughens up and shows its structure. A really wonderful wine ... paired perfectly with grilled venison with mushroom sauce. A big wine, this will stand up to just about anything.
Popped and poured immediately. Not surprisingly initially closed, but opened nicely as evening progressed. My first bottle (of a case), was encouraged that it was not an overwhelming Parker fruitbomb given his praise of this wine. Lush, yet somewhat primal and rustic- a nice introduction to CdP for our neophyte friends. Will only improve- its just a baby.
Corked, saran wrap filth...I have had it with CdP producers (Janasse is the exception). From the same source, 2/6 were undrinkable due to corkage (what do you expect when you save money with short corks, do you expect these folks to buy cork from the top producers?). However, this is far better than the cotes du rhone known as 057 MELO 2003 Clos des Papes, where every bottle was a cast off delight...
awesome, rough initially on the nose, light in color, and harsh on the mouth, but after two hours in the decanter it began to sing. My best experience yet with this wine. Tobacco, cedar, toasted dark berries mixed with a raspberry ganache. Great acidity as well...
Yummy stuff indeed. right from the get go (popped an poured) lovely nose of garrigue, cloves and fruit. Deliciously well balanced and a finish that goes on and on, this is fantastic stuff. Why oh why did I buy more of the 2003 Clos des Papes than this ???
I had to try my 2nd(of 12) bottle after reading recent CT notes that it may be shutting down. HOGWASH! Decanted and breathed for an hour in am. Rebottled, and decanted again for another hour before dinner. At Michael's, poured into Spiegelau Burgundy Glasses to breafhe for another 1/2 hour while we had Peay 04 Chard w appetizers. The Pegau still possesses sweet raspberry granache flavor, great intensity and finish. The nose is a little tight, but the wine is still vibrant, and not at all dumb. It is fascinating to reread Eric's original Barrel notes from 2004. I feel blessed to have purchased a case, and at 67 look forward to savoring this wine into my dotage.
Super ripe nose with some oak-like flavors of caramel and praline. Kirsch, coconut and vanilla as well. Very big wine with surprising balance and structure. Huge wine to be sure but there is tannin to balance the alcohol and fruit density. More flavors of graphite, minerals, still tight and astringent.
Decanted for a couple of hours. Maybe I just don't like CdPs that much. I could tell this was a nicely put together wine (though tasted a bit young), but the fruit aromatics were too over powering for me. I preferred the Lascombes I drank right before this
Looks like I didn't wait a couple of years on this bottle like I thought I might. This time it sat in the decanter for about an hour but still really didn't start to show it's stuff until it was almost all gone. Hopefully I can sit on my 04's a little longer.
Medium bodied and well balanced. A bit tannic at first, but this mellowed into a bold and beautiful spice and earth. The fruit held its own with dark cherries and plums standing out. For all the flavors this has to offer, it is still exceptionally smooth with a long luscious finish. I have not had much experience with CdP's, but I feel that this is the standard I will look for in future bottles.
Champagne-brunch and extras (Terkels appartment): Clear brick red color. Farmyard aromas with delicious red berries, blueberries and black currant, some chocolate and herbs. Similarly complex on the palate, with raspberries and blueberries. Licorise and tobaco on the midpalate leading into a long finish, ending on a slightly bitter note. Very youthfull and doesn't seem developed at all. Packing a good deal of tannin that should need a good deal more time. This is great, but it very be even better.
Decanted 3hrs. Nose of cassis, dark cherries, chocolate and cigar. Flavours of dark fruit and prunes. Elegant mouth feel. A little hot on the lengthy and spicy finish. Stiff tannins and good structure. Looking forward to this in 10+ years when the acidity balances out and the tannins soften; should be very good. 93+
at first i was greeted with brett and nothing terribly impressive underneath. i let this decant for ~3 hrs and i must say i've never quite experienced such a transformation in a bottle during such a short period of time. this is unquestionably one of the best bottles of wine i've enjoyed all year. it had everything from kirsch, meats, herbs, dried fruits, and earth with a voluptuous and rich mouthfeel. low acid (usually a turn off, but not here) and evident, but not overwhelming tannins. this is one sexy beast. my only complaint is that it was just ever so slightly sweet upon entry, otherwise this was absolutely wonderful!!!
Popped one of these on a cold day a couple of weeks ago. An opaque dark purple. Mineral infused dark grenache on the nose. I love this dark side of grenache in Pegau. Garrigue, anise, meaty and a bit wild on the nose. Dark fruits and beautiful herbal notes, more meat and blood, delicious. Heck, I don't know what to say. We've all heard it before. This is outrageuosly good stuff and I can only hope I do not drink all of mine before it really hits its peak. 98 pts.
Wow. As is typical for me and my experience I picked up a lot of brett with the first glass. The second, which was poured about 30 minutes later was fantastic. Rustic, smooth and spicy and oh so good. Dark fruits, and a bit of funk. Decent finish
Rob's Birthday (Pulcinella, LoDo): If I had to drink one wine, this would be it. Drank alongside a Torbreck Les Amis, it was surprising how big, meaty and masculine this came across as. With air, this continued to unfold and smooth out, showing fabulous fruit, meat, spice, tobacco, licorice and earth aromas. The palate is perfect with amazing structure depth, body and length. While this has tons of tannins on the long finish, the quality and depth of the fruit almost completely cover them.
Bought of the list @ Sierra Mar (big sur $135). The deal of the wine list and this one didnt disappoint. This wine needs at least 2 hours in the decanter though, probably more. It wasnt until that point that it achieved heights, oh how I'd love to have a properly decanted bottle. Not over the top/ripe as Ive read from others either imo. No funk here either. Not a ton of experience with true (france)Rhone yet but this was by far the best Ive had. Nose, depth, complexity, super finish, it has it all.
Tasted November 23, 2007. Opened and served immediately. Dark garnet color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose of sweet perfume, thistle, saddle leather and a mix of dark fruits. Flavors of red currants, juicy berries and cherries. Vibrant acidity, medium to firm tannins, full bodied without a doubt. I'd recommend holding. Not drinking quite as well as the last bottle I had. Might be shutting down. No rush here.
drank this bottle over three days. Interesting mix of dark and red berries, powerful without being overbearing and a long aftertaste that goes on and on. Opened bottle on friday night when it was a bit more restrained than on saturday lunch when it was rockin, just perfect. Sunday lunch it had faded a bit, but was still good. One of the best CdP i've had.
This bottle was so good it seemed almost surreal. On the nose, cassis and raspberries, tobacco, toffee, deep spicy aromas -- wow! And on the palate, rich and masculine, with powerful ripe fruit, and endless finish -- just incredible. Bravo Laurence!
My 40th and some notes...Bordeaux, CdP, Quilceda, etc. (Seattle): Equivalent in color to the Clos des Papes (maybe a shade darker), but showing more dark fruits and exotic aromas. Hints of black plums, licorice, game, and pepper appear on the nose, but little of this shows in the mouth. A bit dumb and even brooding. This bottle remained a bit reluctant even as it was drained. Earlier bottles have been like hugging Salma Hayek as she gets out of the shower. This is more like Salma in a corset.
WS NYWE Top Ten tasting (Marriott Marquis): Medium coffee red color. Forward ripe spicy floral cherry nose with briar notes and a hint of sweetness. Very ripe red raspberry with good mid palate energy. Long spicy finish.
2006 WS Top Ten Tasting (NYC): Ranked #5. $70. Represented on the dais by winemaker Laurence Feraud. Their fields contain both grnache and syrah, and they blend the fields rather than the grapes. She uses no new oak, the barrels are 4 to 70 years old. Laurence is looking for “smooth, spicy, meaty, garrigue, thyme, and rosemary in her wines – something that will match well with food.” This was truly a spectacular CdP, with a satiny, sleek and sexy quality. BS called it “a classic CdP, with dried chery, fruitcake, and herbs. A heady wine.” Drinking nicely now, but will certainly age for many years.
Bright, deep ruby to pinkish/clear at rim. Super wine, but I don’t know if this is a perfect bottle. There is a hot rubber element that I doubt is part of the best bottles of this. Maybe shutting down leaving the structure glaring on the finish. Mixed berries and garrigue on the nose with pepper, spice and rubber notes. Not thick, but so intense on the palate. There are waves of fruit saturation, earth and significant tannin. This was opened 4 hours before dinner, but seems tight and just a tad disjointed. Will be interesting to follow over time, I think I will let the remaining bottles sleep for four to five years. The outrageous quality is there - incredible depth without heaviness - just seems to be sputtering at the moment. (93++)
Just another weekend in leadville..; 9/28/2007-9/30/2007 (Leadville, CO): A blend of 70% grenache, 15% syrah and 10% mourvèdre that is dark, rich and meaty with licorice, garrigue, roasted meat, pepper, leather and earth notes on the extremely perfumed nose. The palate is full bodied and perfectly proportioned in every way. Amazingly rich fruit, stunning texture, massive sweet tannins and incredible length. I don’t know how it could be better. This bottle was drunk over two days.
Verticale Pegau Nez parfumé les premières minutes qui se fera beaucoup plus discret ensuite avec un peu de réduction, fruits confits, des épices et une pointe d’alcool. La bouche est très riche et concentrée mais le vin est tannique et fermé. Tout comme la bouteille ouverte il y a quelques semaines, ce vin a un énorme potentiel mais il est beaucoup trop jeune en ce moment, il s’est refermé considérablement depuis cet hivers. Je ne suis pas prêt à dire que les critiques se sont trompés car le potentiel semble très grand mais il faut impérativement le laisser de coté au moins 4 ans, idéalement 8-10 ans. 90-92 points en ce moment, je suis tenté de dire 90-95 pour refléter le potentiel.
Nez assez complexe mais discret, où les épices dominent et l'alcool est perceptible. La structure du vin est imposante mais on perçoit bien le fruit derrière les tannins. Le vin s'est refermé depuis cet hivers, perdant son aspect confituré gourmand. L'équilibre y est et l'acool moins perceptible en bouche grâce à la concentration du fruit, même si au niveau arômatique il est plus discret que dans mes autres dégustations. Il est bon et intéressant à goûter mais on a affaire à un vin de garde qu'il faudrait revoir dans 3 ans ou plus. 91-94 pts
My most anticipated tasting in my cellar and it did not dissapoint. My bottle had signs of seepage (from Premier Cru), so while I wanted to drink on early I was a bit forced with this one. Anyway, decanted and consumed over 3 hours. Incredible nose, each time I came back to it there was something different tobacco, ripe blackberry, licorice, salami, funk, leather, it was incredible. Rich mouthfeel, coupled with deep flavors of blackberry reduction, liquer, smoke, and ripe fig. It was a bit bitter on the finish which I wondered if it was due to heat damage (seepage), but my palate isn't detailed enough to tell, maybe it's just still young.
Based on recent notes, if this wine is closed down now, I can't wait to see it wake up.
Really a lot more closed now than previously. Still very good - a lovely nose of cherries, raspberries, garrigue, white pepper, horse sweat together with a very balanced palate of peppery kirsch liquer with great length. Frustrating to know how much more it can show though. Let them sleep for a while.
This is much more closed than last tasting. Time to forget about them for a while. Took a few hours in the decanter to coax the wine beyond the tannic attack. Classic Pegau once it opened- other than no funk or brett detectable- but never opened fully
Popped, poured and observed over a period of 6 hours. Strikingly dark in color. The wine opened with a bit of bretty funk that blew off in short order. A wonderful nose of ripe brambly fruit, provencal herbs,hints of pepper. Smooth attack. On the palate, dark and mouthfilling with nice body. Unlike other reviewers, I found the palate pretty tight. It's obvious something wonderful is lying beneath the structure, but for now, the fruit works to keep some pretty aggressive (but ripe) tannins in check. The finish is incredibly long. I could taste this wine long after I stopped drinking it. I've read that the alcohol content of this wine is high. It hides it well but I did pick up traces of heat as the wine warmed up in my glass. It will be interesting to watch this wine for years to come. If I had few bottles, I'd wait many years before opening them.
This wine has been commented on many times here. I bought this bottle (and it's 3 sisters) at the Domaine last year. It was decanted almost 5 hours. Quite bretty on the nose that never fully blew off, but plenty of dark fruit with loads of bramble. Palate is blackberry, black raspberry, cassis, earth and some bretty funk. Finish is at least 1 minute. Still needs more time, but if you like these types of wines (and I do) this is fantastic.
Will the real Reservee please stand up, please stand up. Zero for Two this week, once at a restaurant in NYC, and again at home. Nothing special in these two bottles other than obvious bottle variation. The one Wednesday night was sweet and open for business from the get go, much not much to it......tonight after two hours in the decanter, I could not escape the barnyard floor taste and smell, the longer the wine was open the more octane it produced. I am still waiting to taste this "legendary" vintage. Horse sweat, slight black fruit, and ground tonight, blended with ripe black licorice with cherry saccharin Wed night. My average for the two nights was 87 with a spread of 4. ???????? BTW, the home bottle was the same source as my "wonderful" "can't be returned" Chapoutier Les Granits and another broiled Mon Aieul that can't be returned as well. What a deal, wait forever, and there's more, get your wine broiled.........
I found the wine very tight and unaccessible for the first couple hours. Then fruit and that something special I was hearing about. My wife liked it more than me right from the start. Let sit in decanter overnight. On Day 2, tasted even better. This thing is a cherry liquid bomb ready to go off. Scoring low for now as I'll need the room to go up in the next few years, most likely. Good stuff.
Decided to open another bottle, as we had just moved, and in the process of moving, I thought we somehow might have managed to bake one bottle. There were signs of heat damage to the bottle (capsule didn't spin freely, sticky residue on the bottle near the capsule seam). Opening the bottle, I feared it was going to be dead, as there was clear evidence that the wine had penetrated the cork all the way to the top, including sticky residue around the rim of the bottle. Decanted for two hours. Surprisingly, it appeared to have survived; while it was a bit muted compared to the last bottle we had, it wasn't clear whether that was the result of oxidation or just the wine shutting down. Strange.
In the glass, dark red with hints of violet at the center and garnet at the rim. On the nose, initially a ton of funk, but all of that blew off after 20 minutes, leaving herbal and stone fruit aromatics. On the palate, dark fruits, a note of black cherries, a bit of leather, and a fair amount of herbal flavors, with a finish dominated by tannins and structure. Again, this clearly has the stuffing for the long haul, and I'm kind of regretting opening this one, as it might well have survived to old age. Live and learn.
Decanted for perhaps 30 mins or so and probably could have used much more time in the decanter. This is really big wine with gobs of fruit and texture all the way from the initial taste, through midpalate and into the finish. I've read that the actual alcohol level is between 16 and 17 percent, despite the 14 percent indication on the bottle. If that is true, the wine is so well structured that it hides it very well. I am glad I have another bottle of this one so that I can revisit it in a couple of years or so to see how much it changes.
Wild Game with 2003 Châteauneuf-du-Pape + Extras (Skymountain Circle): Broke out a second bottle to compensate for the larger number of people. While the first was open about 2 ½ hours (not decanted), the second was immediately pored into glasses as we chatted over the moose sausage. It was equally astounding. Nearly identical to the first bottle. On the nose, the dried violets, forest floor, herbs, dark spices, and bramble together with loads of currents and cherries. In the mouth a penetrating and saturating taste of late season red berries, captivating smoked richness and body.
Wild Game with 2003 Châteauneuf-du-Pape + Extras (Skymountain Circle): Next comes a grilled spiced moose sausage, served back in the kitchen, sliced, on a community platter paired with the Réservée. Stunning. Fortunately, the two families that were added at the last moment are fully participating by this course. After a couple of sausage slices disappear down my throat I take a nose of the wine. Dried violets, forest floor, rich herbs, dark unknown spices together with currents and dark cherries. Then in the mouth it penetrates every corner with a delicate cherry, current, ripe cranberry, an indescribable smoked richness and body together with wonderful tannins. What a coupling of food and wine!
Complex, balanced, delightful in its multi-tiered communication with my taste buds. Near-perfect, and the finest wine I have tasted in my life thus far. It very likely could retain that title as it matures. Hooked on fine CDP now because of Pegau.
clear, medium(+) intensity ruby color with lots of legs evident on the glass. clean, youthful, medium intensity nose of black pepper, plum, red cherry licquer, and brown leather. dry, medium(+) acid, high alcohol, full bodied, medium(+) tannin red wine. medium(+) intensity flavors of red cherry, raspberry, sweet spice (ginger?). long finish goes on for 45 seconds and continues to be packed with fruit flavors. Outstanding quality due to complexity of nose and palate, high tannins that are subtley masked by loads of fruit flavors, and excellent balance between acid and flavor. Not quite as good as I expected, but amazing nonetheless. Age 5 yrs and drink over the next 15-20. Excellent at release price, not sure at $100 price point.
Tasted unblinded at the Vintage Wines, Ltd. wine bar. Bright disc. Deep ruby robe with red rim. Clean, very intense (and perfumed) nose of kirsch, exotic spices, minerals and smoked meats. Full-bodied on the palate, with low acidity, big ripe tannins and similar flavors as for the nose. The alcohol is amazingly well-integrated in this wine. The full middle palate leads to a very long finish.
Wow! This is a cracker of a wine. A nose redolent of red cherries, blackberries, kirsrch, herbs, tobacco and savoury meaty notes. Sweet yet savoury is very apt here. The palate is intense and powerful, yet not heavy. Layered and complex. Clearly a multi-faceted wine. Excellent length and persistance of flavour. Saw the 14% abv on the label but felt it to be a bit higher. Maybe 14.5 - 15%. Definitely has room for improvement. An outstanding and will definitely be keeping an eye on getting a few more bottles at the right price. In my opinion, there is probably a hint of brett in this bottle. In a good way if that makes any sense. All up, this is one lovely wine.
wow, this bottle was not shut down or in a dummy phase. This is young cdp at its finest. dirt, soil, rocks and some dirt, mixed with a little spice and tobacco, covered with great fruit and excellent complexity. From the attack, mid-palate to finish, a great wine!
Again balanced, young Pegau. The only difference from the bottle a year ago and this one was a persistent charred taste on the finish. I didn't care for it and it became stronger the longer the wine sat in the decanter. Otherwise a good wine. [the rest will sleep for 5+ years]
I don't doubt this wine wll reach that 97-99 point range. I gave this about 6 hours of air before drinking which it absolutely needs. Everything you would ever want in CDP is there. With time I think all these wonderful characteristics will become more harmonious and look out when that happens.
Don't have a huge amount of experience with these when they are young.....but...I enjoyed the wine but I'm not sure what the fuss is all about on this one reading some of the pervious notes. Nice nose of french countryside, flowers, spice and forests. On the palate it seemed very closed (and probably was) and only moderately tannic. Over the course of an hour it opened up and had a nice perfume of violets and grenache fruit....and the mouth feel got fuller and more expressive. Finished an hour later with a concentrated purity of fruit that suggested that a great wine might lurk below - might b ut this bottle didn't wow any of us. Drank alongside a $25 bottle of 03 Sabon CdP that was every bit it's equal.
A wonderful CNDP. Lovely nose of garrigue, bramble and spice. In the mouth rich and full, the tannins held in check by the wines natural sweetness. Beautifully balanced and remaining remarkably open and approachable, a 2003 without any of the overripe tones in evidence in some other CNDP's from this vintage. I'm a big fan!
Domaine du Pegau Tasting at Wild Ginger with Laurence Féraud (Seattle, WA): A huge, sweet wine with nearly searing tannic structure. Very da Capo-like in personality, this has "more of everything" (fruit, sugar, tannin) than pretty much any vintage of the Cuvée Réservée. A toothsome, blockbuster of a wine that is simply off the charts and will be a joy to follow over the next two decades. Right now it's just fun to revel in the tooth-kicking structure and incredibly ripe fruit.
Opened at 6:30am, decanted and immediately poured back into the bottle and stored it in the cellar with the bottle corked until 7:30 that evening. Amazingly rich fruit with raspberry, cherry, leather, earth and subtle spice notes. Full bodied and powerful with a seamless texture, pure fruit, huge concentration and a killer finish. This has a lot of tannins but they're smooth and covered by so much fruit that it's a joy to drink right now and I can't get enough of this stuff.
Decanted at 5pm. However, as a prelude, I couldn't resist trying the wine now. In the glass, medium to dark red, clear, with a gradual shading to pink at the rim. A nose of strawberries and cedar, not unlike the bouquet I remember from a bottle of 1989 Mouton, consumed in 2001, that sucked me into the world of wine. On the palate, strawberries, blackberries and herbs, quickly overwhelmed by mouth-puckering tannins. I hope a couple of hours is enough to open this one up for dinner.
7pm: The cedar and strawberries on the nose have receded to reveal dark fruit and pepper. Dark, sweet black fruit with herbs; the tannins are still there, and still dominate, but not in quite as overwhelming a fashion. Long finish. No sign of horse, funk, or dung here, just pure fruit and signs of herbal complexity.
8:30pm: Raspberries, blackberries, and a satisfying mix of herbs on the palate, with a silky mouthfeel and a touch of sweetness on the mid-palate, at least until the tannins kick in. I'm quite sure this could sit in a decanter for several hours and still not be fully open for business.
I'm going to try to stay away from this for at least five years, as it has all the elements to evolve into something special, but it will be hard. Very hard.
Not sure if this bottle was really a good one, specially when compared to the notes everybody wrote so far. The heat was very strong after aprox. one hour in the decanter. After two hours it started to fade a bit. The nose was not showing all the expected fruit, quite closed, but interestingly it seems as it was hiding beneath a massive structure. The mouth was very silky and rounded but I'll definitely wait much longer to pop the other bottles. No rating for this one.
Medium nose of ripe cherries, meaty and herbes de provence. In the mounth, again loads of cherries with no signs of overripeness, soy sauce, herbes de Provence... very few noticeable tannins. Didn't show as well as the Pegau 2003 tasted last year... is it just in a closed phase?
Wow, high intensity wine. Initial pour had some slight heat. Compared to the 2004 Clos de Pape, this was more spicy. Perhaps a few years will make it better integrated. Loads of dark chocolate and dark fruit. Constantly changing in the bottle. Interesting wine.
Dinner @ Fugaise, Minneapolis. Ordered off the list. Dark black/ruby color. Inky, intense, perfumed nose of crushed blackberries and smoke. The palate picks up complex layers of licorice, garrigue, spices, and intense fruit. At first this showed a little hot, but it settled down and put on weight after being open less than an hour. Powerful ultra-fine, ripe, grippy tannins, with high but balanced alcohol and acid. Incredible stuff!
Good lord this is heavenly stuff and I like it more every time I try it. A simply knock out nose of raspberry and cherry liqour, grilled meat, charred wood, earth and exotic spice notes. Full bodied with a perfect palate that is seamless, powerful and incredibly rich. Massive, fine grained tannins kick in on the long finish.
-03 Pegau: let me preface this by saying this was served after a round of golf that featured a Glenmorangie/Sauternes Cask bottle......Incredible.....3 stumbling fools decanted this for 90 minutes (let the, how many Longhorns does it take to decant a bottle of wine jokes proceed....help me Dildine!!!!). Unbelievable, this is what I wanted the Clos des Papes to be. Full rhone taste that went on and on, I apologize for the bs notes, but I loved it but can't remember the specifics. Awesome. 11 more to go. 94pts+ (found on a napkin in my writing)
Easy to drink now, great to wait to develop. Don't know whether to drink this hedonistic pleasure package or to wait for it to change into an even better drink. It' s wonderful now and the chewy, glycerin loaded fruit is counterpointed by just enough acidity and structure to provide a compelling Chateauneuf de Pape. Gotta love this wine. Nose and palate are great!
Decanted 1.5 hrs, and this still took another couple of hours to come around. Upon opening, this smelled balsamic and oxidized. On first pour, a bit hot and very grapey and generally uninteresting. Yet with time in the glass it just kept getting better and better. Cherry, kirsch flavors appeared, followed by licorice, pepper, some darker berry fruit. Curiously, not a hint of brett or typical CdP funk ever appeared. The last glass was the best. If drinking now, give this one plenty of air.
The first bottle from my own stock, had it this summer at their Caveau in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Big spicy nose with some funk +brett. Very nice on the palate with dark berries, spices, earth, sweet licorice, cherries. Very long yet not heavy at all. One of my favourites this year. Will revisit tomorrow.
Knock out aromatics of candied black fruit, kirsch, molten tar and licorice, beef roast, and ground pepper. The wine is very round and the tannins are silky smooth. While the alcohol is noticable, I would not call it alcoholic. I don't understand how a wine this good is so controversial.
Sixth time to drink with consistent notes (3 from retailer Wine Steward at the Roxy, 3 from premier Cru). Decanted for two hours prior to tasting.
Chateauneuf du Pape BYO Dinner (DUO, Miami): CdP BYO Dinner at DUO, Miami. WOTN. Opulent, rich wine w slight but good sweet brett. Great perfume, black fruits, and exceptional finish. Edged out 03 Janasse Chaupin, and outclassed 03 VT. I believethe 03's to be the best vintage of CdP I've experienced (better even than ther highly touted 98's, which were reticent young, and are now emerging from a long dormant period.)The 03's drink beautifully now, and should evolve into spectacular wines. (p.s.- Had Secret de Roger Sabon on 2/16/07, and the Pegau is clearly superior at 1/3 the price.)
Compared to the 99 this has less brett, much more fruit and earth, longer finish, and a complex nose that at times remined me of a Mouton. (Well, if Mouton was a CdP.) This wine is obviously very young, but giving a lot of pleasure now, and it seemed to keep changing over time. Initially a lot of red fruits, smooth tannins, a bit of earth, and a long finish. After about an hour it had the licorice notes I associate with VT. After a day (in the fridge) the nose some prune, but that blew off and eventually it was all dark fruit, pepper, wood, tar, and earth. With just a bit of wine in the glass I picked up some brett, but SO much less than the 99s I've had. (Enough to add complexity and enjoyment, IMHO.) Great balance given the high alcohol content (not accurately listed on the label). I only felt the alcohol while swallowing -- it didn't disrupt the nose or palate. A truly wonderful wine -- I'd love to know what it will taste like in twenty years. It seems to have the stuffing to last a very long time.
Popped and poured. Nose quite open upon opening, after an hour it was really singing. Was light to the taste, almost like a pinot, very smooth and not a hint of brett. Drank part of the bottle day one and save the rest. On the second day the wine had put on weight and was very, very good. Well integrated now but will be interesting to see what happens with 10 years of age.
Expectations were quite high with this wine, a natural precusor to a let down. Decantered for about 2 1/2 hrs before the first pour. Nose was intriguing and exciting, the first mouthful brought a smile and it didn't end until the bottle was finished. I normally enjoy big cabs but this one is an absolute winner. For now I am not sure I can suggest an improvement. I am not very experienced with Chateauneuf du pape's and there seems to be very little in the lables to distinguish one from another at a quick glance, but pay attention to this one. I believe there was one left at the local...there will be none left shortly...96
Okay, I opened it...and it was well worth it. My experience was very different from what I anticipated. The body of this wine was not as thick and syrupy as other people have commented on. As a matter of fact, it was not very tannic at all, as there was very little heat and the finish was medium to short. The flavor profile was as excellent as I expected, and the grenache was clearly the dominant grape. As it opened it gained more fruit and by the second hour it was at its peak. I will try to get some more of this, even at a $75+ price range.
Inky dark in color. Ripe and over ripe blackberry, strawberry and dark cherry along with pepper, licorice and spice, the perfume demands attention. Incredible levels of concentrated ripe fruit fill your mouth with ample freshness and purity. This has great character with the ability to age and evolve. This could end up better than the 90!
Had alongside the 2002--this was much, much better. Had a very familiar "Rhone" nose, with a bit of earth, mushrooms and dark brooding fruit, initially. But, it was surprisingly smooth--if I had not smelled it for a while previously, I would have guessed this was a good Burgundy based on its texture--a bit surprising. The wine that came from this bottle was very refined, and elegantly understated--yet the aromas were amazing. First time I have had the 2003--awesome wine.
A stunner. Black/purple, with a soft, seductive nose of black currents, provencal spices, and a hint of scented geraniums. Endless palate of lush fruit, with waves of nuanced flavors. What a wine! And with ten years of age... one can only imagine how great this will become! 95 points if you drink it today. But if you wait...
Chateauneuf Tasting; 11/12/2006-11/13/2006 (Pulcinella): Count me in the group that thinks this wine is almost perfect. Very dark fruit, earth, charcoal and burnt wood notes make up the bulk of the nose. Shows a full bodied palate with a stunning core of sweet fruit and a balanced, monster finish. Showed less tannins than previous bottles.
Tasted blind. Deep purple in color, with a light nose of brown sugar and rich plums. Seemed rather Oz-like on the nose - I was thinking shiraz here. A blast of very rich (slightly sweet) redfruits in the front of the palate, then substantial tannins kicked in at the end. Couldn't hazard a guess with this one - I might have half-heartedly suggested Zinfandel - and when the wine was revealed I was rather shocked: this was not a CNP to me. Actually, I thought it was an abomination of a CNP; too ripe and rather unbalanced right now, although time will hopefully improve the latter. Not my style...
I tasted this at the Domaine last year and bought heavily based on that sampling. I am so glad I did. At first, this was so alcoholic that if i had been drinking blind, I woudl have taken it for an Aussie shiraz. But it just kept getting better and showing so many layers of flavor. The next morning all I could think about was that wonderful mouth feel and the fruit. My wife loves wine, but is ignorant of and not influenced by names and scores; she cannot stop raving about this Pegau, and for the first time is actually glad that I invested in cases of this stuff.
Highly concentrated with boisenberries and plum, well spiced with pepper, country herbs and juniper. The balance is surprising at this age, particularly taking into account the alcohol level. The wine seemed to develop forever in the mouth, hinting at hidden traces of mineral, charred meat and cocoa shells with a pleasantly long finish. Although I have yet to work my through all of them, this is the pick of litter thus far in my tastings of the 2003 Chateauneuf-du-Pape...it will be an act of sheer willpower not to check in on this wine each and every year.
($75) Lola: Blind Red 1 - Waxy, old raspberry cherry. Medium full bodied. CDP? Bit short and hot earthy chalky. Big but not inky. Lemony acidity. Chris the provider thought it might be an off bottle. Okay.
This just simply gave me a good time. I am very unexperienced with CDP (it was 3rd bottle), although I drink quite a lot of 100% Grenaches, but this very special style of wine was quite fascinating for me. Besides that, it showed a characteristic that I can identify very clearly, because I witnessed it many times before: right now it is far too young. In this case "far" means at least 10 years too young! It posesses a great harmony already and the typical CDP spices on nose and palate are beautiful, BUT... rather mute. The finish is long as hell, but neither refined nor elegant. Seriously, keep your hands off it. Trying one bottle is OK if you have more. In any other case it would be a waste.
Very tight at first, this opened after a couple of hours, evolving all the while. Extremely concentrated, with big, chewy tannins and loads of fresh, rich fruit and spices. My score is conservative - this should get even better with age.
Rather closed on the nose - especially when first poured. On the palate, it was a different story - from the moment it was poured, it showed deep raspberry and black cherry fruit. No raisiny or liquored quality; rather, it had great freshness - seamless, though possessing serious underlying tannic structure, pure, slightly dusty red / black fruit and notes of garrigue. Great balance and texture. This is a really impressive effort from Pegau. If it were a little more generous on the nose, I would have no problem opening more of these now even as young as they are, as with every sip I have to sit back and shake my head in awe of this wine. I can't wait to see what happens once the aromatics catch up with the palate... Note: this was decanted into a cool decanter, left for 2 hours and served at 63 degrees. I mention this because I think temperature is important with this wine and much could be lost if served too warm...
Cherry, garrigue/undergrowth, violet, five spice and white pepper. Palate shows off very deeply-set ripe fruit and has good length, also seems to hold its high alcohol content well. Much better than the last bottle (77 points), but still not up to the level that others have seen in it.
Australian Cult Wines (Sydney, Australia): Chinese five spice powder, condensed onion essence, violets and a slightly rancid funky edge. The palate is unfocused, metallic and got worse with time in the glass before getting what it deserved (poured into the spittoon of shame). I don't mind some brett but this was terrible.
quick decant and all the rasberry liquer on my initial small glass to make sure the wine was good and to Andouze it. Toted to restaurant and never really regained its charm. It was finished there so couldn't see whether time would have helped.
This is a massive wine. Color is dark garnet/purple to the rim. Nose shows plum, blackberry, garrigue (although this faded), and tar. On the palate, I found it to be a bit too much at this stage. The wine oozed dark fruit, but in a somewhat formless way. There was such an intense expression of fruit, that I felt the secondary flavors typical of the Rhone were lost. Finishes with soft tannins and a touch of heat. This needs to come together, but when it does...look out.
Opened at cellar temp at first was a bit watery and reserved. Opened up to a classic Pegau nose with some barnyard and garrigue. Went through several other transitions, including grenache bomb at times. Never over-ripe or hot. Lots of potential here.
Very impressive, with fantastice aromas and flavors of licorice and cherry jam. Not nearly as extracted and port like as I expected from reading previous reviews. Expands endlessly in the mouth. Should develope well for many years.
TN: 2003 Pegau Reservee vs. 2003 Clos des Papes - Dinner with Missy and Peter Igel
Each bottle was popped 3 hours in advance, left to rest in the cellar at 55 for 2 hours, and allowed to warm to 64 over the final hour. We spent about 2 hours consuming these bottles while leisurely conducting a salmon taste-off, if you will, between the Copper River and the Yukon River (with bites of Halibut cheek glazed with maple butter and gorgonzola as a palate cleanser)! Granted, both bottles have the guts to take a long trip downstairs, but damn if they both aren't delicious young. My tasting notes for both are rather similar. Each possesses a dense purple robe, but I found the Pegau to be a bit more inky. Each also showed the nose best as the bottles were unfortunately being drained. The wines showed common notes of kirsch, warm berries, fennel/licorice, tea leaves, and some damn incense that I associate with nights when my parents listened to Grand Funk Railroad, but the Pegau came across as sweeter and more driven by the black jelly bean component, while the Clos des Papes showed much more Herbs du Provence. While both wines are thick, rich, oily, and powerful, side by side the Pegau was that much more unctuous and heavy with almost brooding fruit. For my tastes, both these CdP are fantastic, but on this Saturday, the Clos des Papes had a liveliness and lightness to it (alongside its power) that the Pegau didn't have. As the wines warmed to 66, the Pegau revealed a heaviness and booziness to it that the Clos des Papes didn't show.
On this night at least, Clos des Papes 96, Pegau 94.
This smells and tastes like classic CDP. Its little tannic at this stage and didnt open up enough for me at this stage to recommend drinking it. Wait 2 yrs min and it should show well. I liked much better than the Clos Des Papes. So far this is the best 2003 CDP I've had. This should merit a higher score eventually 95?.
After an hour of decanting and air, I brought this to my folks for a dinner on the patio. Whole Foods cheddar burgers, salad from the garden, our kids and a lovely Lake Washington spread out in front--who could want more on a Summer Night?! Oh, yes--a bottle of Pegau.
This was Dad's first bottle of Reservee--he and I drank a bottle of 98 Laurence earlier this Spring. He was very pleased and we loved the texture, fresh flavors and provencial herbs. Nothing to change our opinion--a top notch winery and one we want to visit next Summer.
Really fantastic. Big round fruits, spices, herbs, minerals, and then more fruit, different fruit, new herbs and spices, more minerality... Remarkably balanced, bright, but dense. No heat from the alcohol, very fine integrated tannins. Even without decanting or time in the glass, it's immediate and expressive. Fair value, too.
Upon opening with no decanting, the bottle immediately showed aromas of dark fruit infused with a distinct soil-inflecting minerality. This baby really only needed about 30 minutes in the glass to open up, with blossoming notes of black raspberry, licorice, garrigue, underbrush and crushed stone on the nose indicating we had a classic Pegau on our hands. In the mouth, the evolution was perhaps even more striking, with the spiciness and incipient minerality brought out by the perfect balance of ripe fruit and acidity seeming to develop an almost electrical energy on the palate. The 2003 struck me as a hypothetical blend of two recently tasted Pegau Reservee, the 2000 with its great spiciness on the palate and profusion or ripe fruit, and the 2001 with its minerality, but perhaps with more liveliness than either of these. What a combination of sheer energy and great purity of fruit, all in a surprisingly expressive package for so young a wine! Only somebody with years of training in asceticism is going to be able to resist drinking this one young. The job candidate didn't say much (we probably won't hold this against him), but his two hosts could only shake their heads at how well this was drinking now...
Pegau (Mostly) CDP Réservée Vertical: Blind vertical tasting. Nose shows black and blue fruit more than spice, certainly not hiding how ripe this wine will taste. Flavors to match with good structure to keep it from seeming flabby. Also nicely supported by Herbs de Provence aromatics. Very nice wine, even if in a slutty sort of way.
Decanted for 30 minutes prior to drinking. Opened gradually to the nose. Combination of leather and black fruit with allspice and pepper. Nose opened with air. Awesomely lush and clean. Great, great time.
Nice dark purple and a bit brownish color, a bit lighter at the edges. Looks somewhat older than 2003. Nose is dominated by dark berries (ripe cherries, black berries), provence spices (rosemary, thyme) and pine needles. The body is dense with a lot of chewy tannins. Taste reaffirms the nose and further adds some animalistic elements (warm beef blood and crisp bacon). It's multilayered and the taste just won't let go. I followed it over 4 hours and it developed as follows (in the decanter): Right after opening: very dominated by the fruit (dark berries). Shortly after opening: provence spices emerges. 1 hour after opening: it closes down a bit. 2-3 hours after opening: animalistic elements emerge and everything is full throttle. I find this to be already better than the 1998, which I really like, and with a huge potential for further improvement as time passes. A wine like this is the only thing in the world that will actually make you wish that time would pass more quickly as I can't wait to see how this will perform in 15 years. Rating: 97
this is a whopper, but I liked the 01 and 00 better, at least at this early stage. both of those wines have more freshness. it will be interesting to see how this ages. at first there was not much earthy character but there is some underneath. if you have to open this now it is much better with alot of aeration, at four hours the wine was far better then when it was opened.
Central Texas Offline in Austin, TX (My home, Austin, Texas): Potential for 94-96 points. I only had a brief taste but my main comment was "tastes like baby Pegau". This bottle was barely decanted and the wine was very closed. It was very balanced without any evidence of the relatively high alcohol. It should be a great Pegau.