Tasted with the 2004. Light ruby. At once, cleaner than the bottle of 2004 and much more developed, secondary aromatics. Leaner and lighter, more tobacco leaf and leather and considerable fading of fruit. Dry, tannic finish. Not very appealing tonight, and the question is whether it is too young or too old. Based on this bottle, I am worried, suspect the latter explanation, and would advise checking in on any stock that you own so that you can draw your own conclusions. Last tasted 5 years ago, when it exhibited more brett but more promise.
Beautiful Pegau, more integrated than expected but less evolved at the same time. Still primary but such a magnificent flavour profile. It has richness, balance and elegance all holding court. Love the complexity, a little brettiness which I can tolerate but for mine it adds to the flavours rather than holds it back. A wine that reminds me why I love Chateauneuf.
Perfect Pegau at peak with absolutely no hard edges and nothing poking out. Just a voluptuous Pegau body, with just the right amount of sweetness, ripe tannins with a silk laden grip at exit, and the replacement of the funk with more of a rich scorched damp earth profile and less of the brett that we all love so much about this wine. At perfect peak! Drink!
Musty feral aromas at first that dissipate quickly revealing blackberries, kirsch, garrigue, lavender, licorice, black olives, roasted coffee, and black pepper. Delicious on the palate with sweet dark fruit flavors on entry, a reserved midpalate which reveals dark cherries, dark chocolate, licorice, and roasted coffee. The flavors remain seamlessly on the palate to the end where notes of roasted meats, black pepper, coarse rustic tannin's emerge. Very old world in style, quite earthy and slight brett, but still filled with delicious fruit.
nose - brambleberry, coffee, earth, oak mouth - delineated dark berry, cassis, earthy, nice musky dry finish. less earthy than prior bottles of pegau that i have had. overall very nice. ready to drink.
Bouquet of forest floor, dark fruits, smoke and leather. A delicious wine, elegant, silky, excellent structure and concentrated depth. Flavors of dark fruits, spices, earth, woodsy, leather. Classy and complex. #1 WOTN for Jer, Jacob and Doris.
Very interesting.... Popped and poured in the name of science. Very reduced with band-aid, either, and wet groundhog. Some dark fruit, blueberry, and wet leather as the night progressed. Last glass of the night had a very bitter finish.
Day 2 under gas.... Still very reduced on the nose. The pallet was much nicer (but still hard to get around the nose) ripe blueberry, eucalyptus, and leather. Nice balance with fine tannin. Not sure if this bottle was slightly off, but on day 2 it was very enjoyable. Not sure if I should wait on remaining bottle.
2.5 years since my last bottle, and similar notes. The fruit and herbs continue to fade, and the spice and earthy tannin are taking over. Not my favorite vintage of Pegau - reminds me of 2001, which I liked better, and 1995, which I liked less. Unclear if this will improve much more, but will hold my last bottle for 3-5 years in the name of curiosity.
Fantastic wine with an amazing combination of red fruit, earthy development, and a wonderful silky texture. Emphasis on that amazing texture! There is earth, black fruit, plum, and sweet baking spice on the nose. Color is dark and opaque. Palate brings out the silky tannins and a long port-like finish. Beautiful.
Second day report: tannins are rougher, but silkiness remains. More garrigue, licorice, and black fruit too. Still very nice.
Birthday's Eve Dinner (Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand): Tasted directly after the 1989 Beaucastel, this came across as significantly more primary, yet still with great class and complexity. Certainly a different style, the Pegau offered a ripe and complex nose of dark fruit, earth and animal notes. Richly textured and layered - the Pegau is clearly an excellent prospect for the cellar as there is plenty of tannin left to resolve and the structure and balance of the wine are built for the long hall. This is not a simple over - the top new wave Grenache based confectionary CNdP but rather a wine that will continue to transform and deliver for at least another 10 years.
Approachable with pretty crushed red fruit -- cranberries? -- but with structure/tannins and acidity to age quite a bit longer. No hurry to try the next bottle, maybe 3-5 years. Would give this 15+ years potential. Nicely delicate, not hot at all.
Medium to dark red with brownish hues; lovely open nose, red cherries, some barnyard; sweet attack with gentle tannins, rich and full-bodied while still good acidity; dry-mouth ending deducts from an otherwise excellent experience
Wines of Pegau with Laurence Feraud (Canlis): Pretty prominent barnyard here, mixed with baking spice. Dark fruit, candied orange, leather, and earth intermingle on the palate. Super fine tannins with a medium length finish. Coming together, but still seems to be in a bit of an intermediary stage.
Fra magnum. Flott å drikke nå, har kommet veldig fint på plass siden jeg sist drakk denne for ca 3-4 år siden. Fin balanse, ingen skjemmende alkohol. På duft er det lær, lakris, konsentrerte solbær, kirsebær, tjære, litt rått kjøtt, "gamle møbler" mm. På smak er det sur/søt frukt som dominerer ellers mye de samme elementene som på duft. Relativt mykt anslag og med tydelig tannin mot slutten. Flott lengde! Herlig old school CDP som er på ett veldig godt modningsnivå! Fungert utmerket til helstekt and og landkylling med en litt kraftig andekraft basert saus. Kjøper gjerne mer av denne årgangen og gjerne i dette formatet. Jeg vil tro at dette var en optimal flaske..
Dark red. Dried cherry, some raw meat, blackberry, a vegetal note and a little VA, too. This has good fruit and an athletic structure, ending with dry tannin. Best with food so it doesnt seem so boney. From my cold cellar. This is in good condition
Recently DD poured me the '07 which was singing, so I though worth taking a peak at these '05s. Decanted. Nose - blackberry, licorice, Mouth - concentrated and full berry explosion. Grippy yet very pure and not overdone. Nice acidity intermixed with solid yet tame tannins. A lovely wine, I have always liked pegau, but probably I should be stocking up more actively. A wine of great pleasure. Could last a while but why wait. Drink now.
Needs air. slowly develops its true potential which is strong and subtle. Truely a great wine with layers of fruit, herbs, minerals and sweet tobacco. Very long finish with pleasant tannins that hold it all together. I don't beleave it will get much better but can properly live for another decade!
Gorgeous nose right out of the gate. A little funk that blew off with few swirl in the glass. Bright acid, very tannic and just a little fruit in the beginning. Continue slow ox for 3-4 more hours. The fruits finally came out and tannins smooth out a bit. Not overly ripe, wonderful CdP. Fruits disappeared and became bitter and tannic in the 8-9th hour. I recommend a short decant or slow ox.
Excellent with hare filet with a rich peper sauce. Iron and blood, dark with great 05 structure. Ready for consumption, still young. My frist pegau, and would have loved drinking this with substantially More bottle age.
Dark and brooding fruit. Tannins are still nicely wound up and this could go another decade in the cellar. Licorice, plum and figs on the nose with a hint of sandalwood and leather. On the initial taste the blackberry and fig is the initial burst of flavor but then the earthiness hits full stride. There is a chalkiness and oat flavor on the mid palate that really balances things out. Very nice. Great finish and great wine.
Tasted very simple on opening, needed at least half an hour to start showing interesting characters. Dark fruits, plum and tar, hint of violets. Fleshy, smooth, good grip and a long finish. Dark fruits, pepper spice, lots of fine furry tannin. Crisp acid bite. No real development, quite primary.
A kick to the face of Brett at first dissipates quickly. The nose then reveals dark brambly fruits, Forrest floor, beef and soy. Sme savory elements. The palate (and it realize this is overused) screamed rustic to me, with dark, earthy fruit, a touch of iron, beef, coffee notes and more savory elements with a bit of grit. I really like this wine at this point but its got legs to spare.
Right after opening at cellar temp. it had a very clear nose of wet stone and pork. after 2 hours and a few more degrees notes of cherry became up front. Drank it after 8 hours with some game from the grill. A fantastic wine! Super long finish. Layers of cherry, clove, minerals, wooden box and sweet tobacco. Strong tannins but soften up from the 8 hours uncorked.
Many powers that be have underrated this wine... White truffles, violets, garrigue, fennel, raspberry, kirsch... Bright acidity... Beautifully balanced and drinking great now. Even better on day 2 and a real winner.
Freaking delicious. Dense, smoldering, intense. White pepper, balsamic, and spicecake. Tannins have relented considerably compared to where this has been, but this is an exceptionally structured vintage of Pegau.
Decanted and drank some over 4 or 5 hours, rebottled and recorked overnight. TN is on the wine the next morning. Labeled at 14% ABV
Deep red garnet. Dark red fruit with black cherry and tart ligonberries, tar, bitter chocolate, herbacious garrigue, florals - camellia flowers, reminds me of childhood.
Palate keeps the dark red fruit, plum, herbs, chocolate, and something faintly sweet at the fringes that I cant put my finger on. A nice, savory finish that lingers around for a while. Very good bottle of wine, but I think it will continue to add some weight and nuance in the bottle over time.
Give it a good decant now, at least 3 or 4 hours, but this can definitely stay in the cellar for a while.
Garrigue, plum and black fruit on the nose with a sublte funk settling in, just the right amount, but coming close to being too much. On the palate the the tannins are pure silk, structurally speaking this wine is ready to drink, and if the anything the acidity is a bit weak and there is a bit of a tired feel to it. Tthe wine is very complex, with leather and roasting herbs, blackberry jam, and wet stone. I think this wine is peaking and, if I had any bottles would drink up now.
Drank over 2 hours. Strawberries, beef, herbs and bacon on the nose. The palate matched with a nice gripping texture. At times though this seemed over ripe with a pruney quality, but it was about every fourth sip. Nice medium finish with a nice balance between the fruit and tannin. This will improve, although the over ripe notes cause a little concern.
The quality oozes out of this wine straight from the off. Very typical nose of dry herbs, black fruit and meat. In the mouth this is already starting to show some development - very long finish with bacon and liquorice coming through. Very impressive finish - should be quite something in another 10 years. Excellent.
This wine was uncorked early in the morning, then re-corked and placed in the fridge for a slow oxygenation until 18:30 when we drank it. Even in these conditions, the wine still seems to hide more secrets.
Same saturated ruby red color. Well developed and intense nose, but not having the same palette of aromatics as 2004. It shows great fresh red fruit, spices and probably less meaty, but still resembles the 2004. Full bodied, with fine grained tannins and more structured in the mouth, the wine combines red berry fruits, spices, thyme, a touch of graphite and licorice with a lively acidity and welcoming freshness. Long finish, but not as convincing as 2004. 14% alc. (92-93/100)
Magnum Madness (Salade de Fruits): From magnum. Horsey nose with notes of kirsch, pepper, red fruits and some Rhone funk. This was drinking shockingly well with fairly resolved tannins and maturing flavours. This magnum was bought on released at stored perfectly since so I’m not sure why this was drinking so well and came across quite maturely. The others at the table liked this a lot more than I did but that’s no surprise as CdP just doesn’t do much for me lately. Very good.
Drank over 2 days. A bit shut down on day 1. Clean, reserved, and tannic structure is clearly there. Not as expressive with the earthy and floral notes that I've found in other Pegaus. Deeper plum and floral notes came out on day 2, but still a notch below other vintages I've had. Still a favorite to drink but maybe needs a bit more time to reach full potential.
Consumed across two days. Wow! Taut, clean, peppery and powerful on day 1. Explosive, floral, amazingly deep and plummy on day 2. I expected this to be fairly shut down and academic at this stage, but it was surprisingly rewarding and delicious. Amazing potential for such a structured and powerful wine.
Better than bottle consumed last year in terms of no brett, no heat, and more structural tannin. Still, this is relatively low acid and this bottle didn't show as much complexity as the previous flashed off and on. As other notes imply, this is asleep right now, and drinks best after a long decant or if consumed over several days. Even when this finally came out of its shell near the end of the second day, it did not come across as a 'wow' wine, but if you like your Pegau like me you should probably hold another 3-5 years before consuming.
Krisch, garrigue, herbs, black raspberry and fresh herbal scents open to a medium bodied, fresh, acidic and still youthfully tannic Peagu. The wine needs a few more years before becoming fun to drink. This is the perfect Chateauneuf for people that find 2003 or 2007 too ripe or concentrated.
Enjoyed at Gilt Bar with dear friends. Chose this to bring because I had tasted the '05 Cuvee Laurence the day before and it was drinking perfectly. Per Laurence' advice, this was opened, but not decanted for about 4 hours. Certainly enjoyed it, but I'll not touch another for at least 2 years. What can I say? I love CdP and I love Pegau. 94-95
Sleeping right now. There's not much going on here; I think it needs some time. A little dark cherry and some Garrigue with light teas flavors on the finish. The quality is there but it is a little shy right now.
Previous bottle consumed about 18 months ago. Comparing notes, this bottle did not show the elements of Brett that were present before and was also a little richer and more expressive. Very nice. Could be just starting to come around now.
Nose: Worchestershire sauce. Palate: the blend is outstanding here. Syrah comes out to play, countering the Grenache's attempt get OTT. One of those moments when you realize why Pegau is what it is. Why can't other CdP producers do a better job with this? Finish: A little quickly done, to be honest, and not terribly memorable. Took two points off. Does it need more bottle aging? Had vs a 2005 Vieux Telegraph. No contest, the Pegau was the winner. Considerably more complexity than the fruit-bombed, Grenache-heavy VT.
Annual Holiday CDP Tasting: Featuring 2000 and 2001 Vintages (Edina Country Club): Very dark red color. This had been decanted for 3-4 hours. Drank 2 glasses over 3+hr. I really enjoyed the nose on this. As much as I liked the mature nose of the 2000, I found this more expressive overall and benefitting from a significant decant. The nose is quite aromatic, dusty, herbal, with a distinct note of cannibis that fades in and out(can't say I've ever written that in a note before, but it reminded me of being at a rock concert with the aromatics wafting about the arena), strawberries, black cherries. The palate is powerful and deep, bright fruit of dark berries, quite tart presently, herbs, and licorice. I did not find this firmly tannic as Brian did, not sure why, but I found it rather integrated for its age. There is little doubt that this will improve and evolve even more over the next 5+ years. 93+pts.
NOSE: high-toned and moderately expressive; this had a lemony-orange lilt to it when first poured into my glass, but, after a few minutes, this citrus aspect transformed into a pomegranate and loganberry aroma; I also noticed a background hint of the celery seed/leaf note that was at the forefront of the ’00 Pegau; the Nose became increasingly “dark” as the wine sat in the glass. I greatly enjoyed the Nose on this wine, despite my belief that it’s holding back some right now.
BODY: purple-garnet color of great depth; medium-full bodied.
TASTE: very bitter; tannic; 14% alc. pokes through a bit; non-descript purple fruits; nice acidity; all structure right now; closed; will be very good a few years down the line. Hold.
Initially very Burgundian. Like Burgundy on steroids, yet elegant. Roses, barn-yard, a touch of cherry liquor, spring forrest floor after rain in May, almond-cake, lush and elegant. Later blood, blood orange, discrete oriental spices, freshly ground coffee, wet newspapers. Palate with a beautiful balance between acid, fruit and tannin, but unexpectedly short, which puzzled us a bit. Five hours after decanting: Pine needles, thyme and chocolate. Now very Barolo like (!). This wine is drinking really well now, but will of course develop more complexity over the next 5-10 years. At this (feminine) stage not a very typical Cndp, but indeed very delicious.
Medium dark red color. Pure grenache fruit nose, spice, barnyard. Needed more than an hour in the glass to really open up, showing good fruit, lavender, garrigue. Medium mouth feel, low acidity. Medium- finish which flashed quite a bit of heat.
This bottle was very good, but not great like some other bottles of Pegau I have had. Not 100% convinced of the storage, so withholding score.
This is starting to open back up a bit after a briefly sleepy period. Shockingly bright and floral aromatics, pure, screaming of Grenache. The palate is awesomely peppery and spicy and clearly still extraordinarily structured for Pegau yet still very rewarding. This is one of the cleanest and most fruit forward vintages of Pegau I have ever encountered with incredible structure, precision and purity of fruit. All of the requisite Herbes de Provence are there in ample fashion. Make no mistake that this is still a baby killing of a very structured and youthful wine, but I continue to really enjoy this vintage.
I brought this 2005 to a friends house for an Elk taco dinner, where he added an 2003 to the mix to compare for fun. Candied fruits and spices on the nose, very structured fruity granache palate that wasn't as voluptuous as the 2003, but I thought it was cleaner with more precision. Great acid balance, finishing with slightly grainy tannins that complimented the spicy fruitiness well. It's hard to say which I preferred, because each time I switched I thought the new one was better! It is more accurate to say that they are both great, just in different ways. The 2003 is fatter and more filled out, the 2005 more taught and cut, cleaner and more precise. At half the price, my money would buy 2x 2005's. This would be a fantastic Thanksgiving wine if you're debating opening one this Thursday!
Needed 24 hours to open up fully. Very interesting nose, with reductive elements, violets and compressed grenache aromas, black fruits and ink. Very good grip and silky tannins. Great to drink now if you let it breath for a day or two!
Decanted 1 hour drank over 2 hours with veal chop/proscuitto and balsamic reduction. Nose developed dark fruit, earth/barnyard. Palate with herbaciousness and spice. Nicely integrated and balanced. Enjoyed during prep but absolutely excellent with the meal.
Domaine Pegau Vertical; 9/10/2011-9/11/2011 (New Buffalo, Michigan): Probably the most concentrated of the 4 Pegau's at dinner. Decanted for an hour and poured back into the bottle about 5 hours before dinner. Paired with steak au poivre. Dark black red color. Some tar notes with black currant, cassis and sunflower notes. Needs time. 92+ points.
Blood red. Roasted meat, ripe dark cherries and alcohol. In the mouth: extremely ripe and fresh blueberries. Perfumed finish. Silkiness in the attack, and bracing acidity. The tannin is firm, a little bit dry. Overall this is ripe but no hint of being baked. Many years of improvement ahead!
This is good CNDP and so lucky. It opens up nicely, hints of sweet fig, ripe fruits, full-bodied, very good finished. Pegau is not my favourite. The wine is always good but has no charming to my sense.
It would be nice with food, it would be good for tasting.
One of our NYE wines. Popped and poured. Initially the nose was a bit restrained but still showing warm meaty notes, spicy/peppery characters, and some earthy but not horsey notes. Good depth of flavors and an excellent finish. Gone in Sixty Seconds. I wish I brought more.
Minneapolis Wine Club does a Blind Tasting: Decanted 2 hours and drinking the best of 2 previous samples. Dirty color with garrique, raspberry, spice and floral notes. Clean wine overall and I got mild funk which blew off quick. Should age for a decade.
I certainly like the 2005 and 2004 Pegau more than the 2003 and 2007....they are a bit more old school. Lots of grenache raspberry, along with leather hints, meat/blood, and spice. Obviously very young, but drinking very nicely. Enjoyable and intellectually stimulating. Great stuff, especially for the price compared to other vintages.
Tight but lovely nose of blood, grilled herbs and some cowstable. Very nice mouthfeel with fullbodied very ripe fruit, excellent acidity and mature but firm tannins. A wine which is nice today if you don't like the overly sweet and heady Grenache typicity.
double blind. tasted at the end of a long night of plonk, this still showed consistently, and pleasingly...to me. KS and i have a classic point/counterpoint on this producer which is always fun and good for some jabs at one another. not decanted. subtle fruit and a bit rustic. not up to a previous bottle. i took the remaining home, private preserved it, and drank it the next night. smoother, more rounded. i like it with a little more edginess to it. drink or hold.
Blind Night: Black in color. Dark fruit nose with some good earth undertones. Tastes of blackberry, cherry, and raspberry. Well balanced. Seems really shut down. Chewy tannins. Well made with good balance. Soft cherry finish with some notes of charred oak. I've never been a big fan of this producer and others seemed to enjoy it much more than me. Too each his own.
Opened this as a comparison to the awesome 04 which we had just a few days ago. In comparison, the nose on this 05 was a bit more restrained but still shows a nice meaty, spicy dark fruit essence mixed with just a touch of a barnyard note. The "horseiness" does dissipate quickly though so it's nothing to really be concerned about if that sorta element is not your thing. I find the flavors to also be slightly more restrained in comparison to the 04 and there's a bit of an edge to the overall mouthfeel. While the 04 is drinking absolutely fantastically right now, the 05 would certainly benefit from a lot of additional bottle aging. Lots of potential but give it time to come together.
Interesting notes of grilled meats, berries and a little horsehyde. The palate is rustic grenache with tobacco, currants, meats and grill flavors. Bit of spice and heat makes the rustic picture complete. I like it more than I thought I would.
Bretty, barnyard nose, with some sweet berry flavors poking thru. Rich fruit on the palate, showing nice balance. Medium finish with some drying tannins and not much flavor recurrence. Just ok and not as good as the VT tasted alongside it.
Night #2 (3/4 of bottle was remaining). Not decanted simply left in bottle as is in the cellar over night.
Color: Same as previous
Smell: Initially it's a bit smokey with hints of cigar box, dark fruits and violets. Still a kind of muted nose from what I was hoping would be a knockout. Alcohol is no longer obvious or standing out on the nose as it did last night.
Taste: Raspberry fruit leads into flavors of blackberries, blueberries, plum, and other dark fruits. This is followed by a bit of spice and a hint of the alcohol leaves the back of the throat slightly warm as the finish transitions into a woodsy and rustic finish.
Overall: Slightly more promise tonight than last night...which gives me hope for this wine. There is half a bottle left that I will continue to check in on over the rest of this weekend.
Popped and Poured: Time open = less than 30 minutes with no decant
Smell: Faint hints of anise, pipe tobacco, dark fruits, and a strong odor of alcohol.
Taste: Bright red cherries, raspberries, spice, clove, tobacco, and cedar.
Overall: Presently this seems a bit muted from what I might have expected. The presence of the alcohol is strong on the nose...but the palate doesn't show any heat. The finish is medium long with med+ fruit, med-acidity, and moderate tannin presence. More modern in style...I wonder how this wine will perform over the years. I will wait another 2 years before checking back in on any of my bottles...
Average nose of ripe red currants, meaty, opening up with aeration... in the month, red cherries, light tannins, lots of freshness... this wine has still a lot of potential and was improving with aeration 92+/100
'05 Pegau showed up big time last night. Great interplay between the fat and the tannins, then a long, layered finish that makes you pause to enjoy a while before going back to your meal. That it's a good pairing with steak would be an understatement. Powerful, restrained, balanced and complex with ample fruit and structure to go for a long time. It could use some time to soften a bit, but there's no reason not to enjoy now with a healthy decant. This really hit the sweet spot for all of us last night, and once again, '05 CdP rocks the party.
Leo's Blind Tasting Group - May '10 edition (Ben's): Tight, reticent aromatics that don't yield much more than some dark fruited flavours and faint baking spices. It's more giving in the mouth with really pure, vivid black cherry fruit over touches of earth and spices, powerful and well structured with firm tannins lurking on the back end, but finishes with a little heat.
No Formal Notes as this was drank at an offline with several other CDP's. This Pegau was remarkablly approachable and ready for business this night but with the girth to last as well. Must get more Pegau!
not decanted. iron enriched minerality, nice black and red licorice fruit, good finish. not as good as the 01, or maybe even the 00, but a solid pegau that won't disappoint it's fans, and probably won't convert it's detractors. i'm a fan.
France Blind at Capsouto Freres: Classic CdP nose. Palate delivered lots of red fruit, spice and underbrush. Big, ripping tannins; an obviously young wine. Was 100% this was a CdP and was leaning 2005, but was swayed by my fellow tasters and settled on a guess of 2003 CdP. A lesson in standing by your convictions! This was pegged as a CdP by all, and while still a bit young at this stage, is a very enjoyable wine that I'd be happy to have in my cellar at the going rate.
Nose shows quite a bit of garrigue. Meat also there. Palate continues these flavors, with a lot of pine showing through. Restrained for a Pegau, but the fruit is there. Medium(+) tannins. More delicate than I expected. med(+) finish.
Way too young, but the prospect is quite clear. Did develop nicely during the 5 hours it was poured. At first it was muted (and with heavy sediment, good acididy and tannins), but then hinted at a mellow, sweet and slightly herbaceous future. More like an early adolescent tom boy girl that you are pretty sure will not be the exotic woman you hoped for, but become a nice, neat, but not too inspiring housewife.
Decanted one hour, and consumed over next two. Sight barnyard funk that dissipated. Nose of cherries and red berries, with licorice, leather and black pepper. Raspberries on the palate, with roasted meats, figs and a bit of coffee. Rich mouthfeel. The 2005 is showing a little too young, but is delicious just the same.
Young Chateauneuf and Minor Southern Rhones (The Wine Club, San Francisco): Medium red, lighter rim. Pungent aromatics with some brett, grilled meat, and some secondary aromas. A completely different animal (and more animal) than the Charvin-bigger, deeper, darker fruit and significnant tannins which need time to soften. The finish is both shortened and hardened by the element of funk.
Pure 2005, ripe and saturated, showing an opaque black edged red. Very primary and youthful with big aromas of kirsch, lavender, dried sage, seaweed, and sweet spice. On the palate the theme of saturation is consistent, there is a mountain of ripe floral tinged berry flavors with lots of glycerin, this is freshened by nicely tuned acidity that brings some tobacco and dried cherry mid palate. Seriously firm on the finish with a tannin that is well matched to the upfront intensity of the wine. I HAD to drink a good bottle and this is definitely it even though uncorking this is tantamount to infanticide, 5-7 years patience will be rewarded and these long lived 2005s will not be at their best for a decade. I have encountered some bottle variation on Cuvee Reservee and it seems to have more to do with who has imported it, rather than the winery ( Specifically the now defunct J et R selections[correction: J+R still exsists, however hand-picked no longer partners with them. Fans of Bois De Boursan rejoice!])
Wow, wow, wow, and wow!! I don't think I have ever experienced a better nose on a wine -- ever. The perfume on this gem was filled with ripe raspberries, cassis, wild flowers, strawberries, and sweet plums. The nose made me want to sniff for hours. We decanted the wine, and kept passing the decanter around so people could sniff. On the palate, this wine is pure silk. Silky smooth, with some very subtle raisin, prunes, and ripe fruit. This is a gem. I need to find and buy more and then hide it away. This is quite the find.
We probably opened this bottle a little too early but I really was looking forward to trying it. We decanted for about 1 hour before drinking. Lots of leather and spice. The wine has fantastic structure and I suspect it will hold up for another 10+ years. We enjoyed it but I'm holding on to my other bottles for another 5 years before going back.
Really opened up after a tight beginning...this wine has a big, floral nose of red meat and iron. Medium-bodied and lush, the palate exhibits flavors of plum and smoked meat with a white pepper finish. There is tremendous acicity and some fine tannin on the finish. I can only imagine how good this will be in a few years.
This was decanted for 4 hours, but the last glass was the best. Initially tight and dark, the black cherry, meat, iron notes became more prominent over time. Firm tannins came through on the finish. This is shutting down, and I won't drink another for 3-5 years.
Feraud-Brunel and Pegau (Arlequin Wines, San Francisco): Medium ruby, slightly deeper than the '06. Very complex nose with more fruit and less animal fur than the younger wine. Less unctuous and weighty than that wine with higher acid, excellent red and blue fruit and tree bark. Very dry, tannic finish. Clearly much more of a wine for the future than the younger vintage.
Definitely a Pegau! Poured one glass on the first night and let it decant for 4.5 hours (kept the rest of the bottle in the fridge and used a wine pump). First sip at 3.5 hours was sour cherries and strong acidity. At 4.5 hours, though, the wine developed the traditional characteristics of a light glycerin sweetness to balance the acidity. Figs mated up with the cherries, and definitely some garrigue started to come through. Decanted the rest of the bottle on the second night. Decanted for 4.5 hours, and this was at the level of the 3.5 hour decanting in the glass--still sour cherries and acid. At about 6 hours, this developed similarly to the previous night. Interesting that it took longer in the decanter than in the glass to open up. Definitely a lot of potential. Once open, now I would rate it 92-93. With a good 5-6 more years, I bet this will move up to 94-95 or more. Stylistically, this seems much more akin to the 2004 and 2001 than the 2003.
The wine is medium dark with a ruby quality to the color. The nose was mineral and cherry like, and the body was medium in size. The wine needs time, I can see where it might go, but at this time it was too primary. I'm scoring more on the potential rather than the current state of the wine.
Second time I have this wine at Pegau.Tannins are present, nose is good with leather, olive and black pepper, and taste is elegant and long...well made, but i miss the depth and soul of this region. Very modern wine, in any case better choice than 2006 reserve.
Popped and poured. Wonderful nose of dark fruits and baking spice. Smooth, pure raspberry flavors. Not overly spicy or peppery at this point. Paired well with a dinner of lamb saddle, fragrant rice and broccoli sauteed with garlic, olive oil and chicken stock.
This has shut down like a drum. Spicy, intense, and tightly wound. Rich notes of plum and soaring violet rise above white pepper. Grippingly tannic. Tobacco, blood and meat. Mmm, this is pure with a gorgeously wound up core of spicy, Grenachey, raspberry jam. Mouth-drying tannins hang on for minutes.
Not showing so well right out of the gate. I could tell what it was supposed to be, but just barely. With air, it began to flesh out and open up, so definitely a candidate for decanting at this point. Will wait a year or two before trying the next bottle.
Specs - Southern Rhone Tasting 2009 (L'ALLIANCE FRANCAISE): Slightly lighter ruby red color. The nose was packed with leather, garrigue, and bright red fruit. On the palate this wine was the most elegant and feminine of the group. Wild strawberry, raspberry mixed with garrigue made this wine quite enjoyable. The wine's age becomes evident on the finish with its stunningly young tannins. This wine will probably outlive most of us. Wonderful effort. 94pts.
Pegau Reserve Vertical Tasting: Medium dark red color with a bluish hue. Youthful, open nose with raspberry, pepper, bacon, licorice and eggs. Tight and structure in the mouth, with some raspberry first, but not juicy. Some licorice and tobacco on the midpalate and finish. At first a bit short, but after a while in the glass the length seems to grow. Dry finish. Seems closed at the moment.
AWFS Lo Hey Dinner with 99 Bord and More (My Humble Home): Smells like a liquer-soaked raisined fruit cake with nice touch of violets. Rather perfumed. Black fruits dominate with sprinkling of perpperiness and licourice. However, it livens up on the palate gradually with dancing cherry fruits and lively acidity. Long finish with strong lively tannins. Needs time to develop more interesting flavours.
Lo Hei potluck with 1999 Bordeaux and other wines (Alex's place): Served blind, this took me a pretty long time to even identify as a CdP/ Nose was all prune juice and plums at first, rather sweetish, with a touch of flowers, ginger tones and, with time, some meat, pepper, bramble and the very lightest touch of funk started showing. More dried punes, plums and sweet berries on the palate, which was rather perfumed. Lots of 2005 structure, with fresh acid and fine-grained, but firm, chewy, sticky tannins especially as the wine moved towards its finish, with showed another shake of pepper. Might be going through a dumb phase at the moment, I found this good, but not great. It certainly needs a lot of time yet, 91-92 points for now.
I did not expect this level of purity and ease of drinking from what--at least according to most tasters--is a wine in a rather brutish young phase right now. What I got instead was a near Burgundian experience that was very much open for business. The only thing that cued me in on what this was (served blind) was the laser-like Grenache nose. The wine showed virtually nothing else save piercing red fruit. On the palate this was restrained and the structure somewhat elusive. Velvet and integrated tannin drove this wine from fore to aft and left a nice finish of raspberry and leather. Beyond that, I got very little from this wine beyond my impression that this was either shutting down hard, had long since shut down, or was simply not given enough air. It could be all of these reasons. Fortunately I have two more bottles to weed out the reason for this wine's rather demure showing. I did, however, find it very good, but in a very Burgundian context.
Deep wonderfull nose with black fruit, licorice and tobacco. Much more backward than three months ago. Full-bodied and powerfull with black fruits and huge tannins that make it almost painfull to drink now. A brooding wine but at the same time it has a certain purity and a long finish. Interesting to taste now, it is not closed but very young.
WOW! What a nose! Almost OTT, then great purity on the palate in a medium to full body format.I agree with JVogel and other tasters, this is not that masculine and already open to business. Great example of what grenache can be and great potential. 1 of the best young CNDP I've ever drunk.
Trip to France; 10/13/2008-10/24/2008 (Burgundy, Rhone Valley (Chateauneuf-du-Pape), Paris): Nice aromatics with plum, blueberries, and current--mostly dark fruits-- with some tobacco. Palate rather fruit forward, some earth and tar underneath. Firm fine tannins, a little drying. Some distracting heat on the backend. Long finish with earth notes prominent, with mushroom highlights and the dark fruits still persistence. Really enjoyed this, but certainly needs some time to unwind as it's very dense and complex, even though it's quite enjoyable now.
Pegau Vertical (Morton's Steakhouse, Washington DC): It was a bit reserved and delicate. Reticent towards aromas that shut down with vigorous swirling. The bottle was popped and sat open for two hours before pouring. It has nice mouthfeel and finish, and should evolve and show its breed in several years. Reserved judgment.
There is certainly potential for greatness in this wine, but at this stage it is just too young. It was fairly disappointing upon first taste, so I recorked and came back to it two days later. As I sit here sipping it now, it is clear that the extra two days of oxidation has made a great deal of difference. Strong heat on the nose dissipated after several minutes, revealing dark notes of raspberry, black currant, and roses. A very tannic finish with sharp, but not unpleasant, acidity mid-palate, this is a brooding wine still in its early days. A decade or two in the cellar will do it wonders.
Drinking this wine evokes images of walking along a pebbled beach on a cloudy day. Dark but benign clouds and a sea-breeze.
The Yale Wine Society's First Tasting (New Haven, CT): Way too young. This will certainly be great in twenty years, but now all one encounters is a tannic wall. The extract, fruit, and dark, brooding, gamy, slightly rosy character are certainly detectable, but this is not yet hedonistic to drink. With two days in a corked bottle, this opened a bit, but is still for the most part closed. Great potential.
Deep nose with black fruit, kirsch, leather and a wonderfull sweetness. Typically Pegau, fullbodied and plenty off tannins with provance spice. Very primary at this stage, but pure and superb balance. It became a little tighter with time in the glass and bottle, but drank beautifull now, but it might off course shut down later. Not as powerfull as 04 but maybe more precise and pure.
Deep violet with a clear edge. Fragrant, polished nose of raspberry and violets. Seamless transition from bright red fruit up front to ample acidity and dark berries on the herbal finish. Soft, huge tannins complement the wine all the way through the finish. Medium-to-full bodied and as refined as any red wine I've had thus far. A little bit of CdP funk lingers for a long time...
Off the bat the first thing note that came to mind was a strong whiff of gaminess and a touch of blackberry. With the first taste, I notice the wine is tightly wound and muscular - it’s a tannic wine, not sure how long it had been in the decanter before I arrived, but we didn’t taste it until for a couple hours. This is my first experience with the reserve wine and I was impressed, but this wine will take some time to come around for sure. The wine didn’t open up much more as it I let it sit in the glass for a couple hours. With some more time I picked up some notes of licorice, but for the most part it it didn’ topen up much. All in all it was a great experience and I would love to try this wine in 10 years. 92 for now - will certaintly gain a few points with time.
Saturday Group Kicks Off with Haut Brion: This is unpleasantly tight for me. It reminds me of what I thought of the 1995 when it was first released. And, like that one, I am not sure there's enough stuffing to outlive the wine's structure. Sure, it seems plenty fruity now, but it's missing some baby fat and I suspect this one will become quite angular with time. Drink it very soon or bury it and say a short prayer. Based on all of the other reviews (professional and otherwise) it looks like I'm definitely the odd man out. Maybe we had an off bottle -- maybe it's closed? Of course, everyone was going gaga over the 1995 when it first came out as well...
Delicious! Incredibly expressive nose of ripe black raspberries in the sun, garrigue. leather. Sweet but with a tannic bite; this is a wine that can be drunk now with pleasure, but once the tannins fade in a few years, oh boy! But it by the case....
(at Tribecca Grill – NYC - 3L) Wow – what a fantastic wine. Garnet purple with a soaring nose of blackberries, meat and violets. Opened tight, but blossomed with air. Medium bodied but so deep and balanced. This was a delight to drink right now, but will continue to improve for years. Top drawer Chateuaneuf that blew away the two bottles of Rayas I tasted along side it. (95+)
Dark, but more medium body. Lots of tannins up front. At first taste some raspberry, but needed some time to open up.(only about 1/2 hour in glass). Still tannic but much softer, abundance of horse leather seems to overtake the fruit. Well integrated from start to finish, although finish not as long as others have noted.
A lot going on. Decanted about an hour before dinner (grilled fillet mignon with a shitake mushroom topping). At first, very berry with sweet strawberry and raspberry aromas and flavors. After 3-5 hours, still more raspberry, but with herbs and a floral note, added some red meat on the palate as well. Occasional blasts of coffee, brett (must come from the fruit because it also disappeared), and other flavors. Once the edge came off the berries, the tannins introduced themselves, in their own sweet ripe way. Long finish; outstanding wine.
pgm's note hit this nail right on the head. I've had two completely different showings from this wine now. Directly after release, a deep, brooding, meaty smoke-bomb ... but now, it's a completely different animal. Lighter, slightly sweeter fruit, dominated by strawberry, with some floral aromatics that really opened up after ~3 hours and a long, caressing, 45-second finish evoking those lavender and thyme notes we all love. This is almost closer to a pinot in texture, density, and flavour profile. I don't expect that Parker will love this, because it's about as far away from the bruiser style of the '03 that you can get. However, this is a well-balanced, nuanced, lighter style of CdP that will cellar far better than its predecessor.
This one had some very slight leakage, so I made that an excuse to open it up. The bottle turned out to be in perfectly fine condition (and I'm just grateful for the excuse to open it) It may be closing down, but it took a splash in the decanter and then about an hour to begin to open up to some gorgeous grenache fruit, strawberry syrup and cherry, darkening over time (even the color seemed to get darker), keeping high-toned red currant and pomegranate notes on the lingering, spicy finish. This was a much different wine than the 2/19/08 bottle, which was unusually dark, meaty, smoky. This one was a purer, if less exciting, example of CdP, showing classic, racy fruit and spicy garrigue. Tonight's score is slightly less than the previous bottle, but I'm even more convinced that this is going to evolve beautifully. 95 tonight, 97+ potential. Now it's time to leave these alone for a few years. No more excuses to raid the cellar.
Medium ruby. Raspberry and a strong scent of ground coffee that I associate more with Burgundy than the Rhone. Later, an additive touch of green herb and very light brett. Medium to full bodied but by no means a monster. Gorgeous fruit, initial dusty tannins which rapidly dissipate, and nice, higher tone inner mouth aromatics. This is rounder, less acidic, and has more depth of fruit than the '04 we tried recently. Excellent and already very interesting. Apart from the early flash of tannin, this does not show the fearsome tannin that characterizes some '05s.
Rich nose composed of deep berry aromas mixed in with some animale bretty notes and then a nice spicy aroma. The palate is surprising soft and supple, with resolved tannins and a lingering structure hidden under the soft fruit. The finish is long with a spiciness that adds lift.
Incedibly brambly and savage nose but a bit tart, quite tannic and somewhat disjointed on the palate. This isn't the seductive sexpot the 03 was... I think there is good promise here but it needs a fair amount of time in the bottle. Hard to judge potential, perhaps 92-94 in the future but <90 pts now.
After tasting this two seperate times from varying casks and barrels at the domaine, this was my first taste from bottle and I certainly wasn't disappointed. Surprisingly, this doesn't possess the same meaty and burly Pegau aromas but showed a pure, clean and precise character. Bright raspberry, cherry and mineral aromas shows up at first but with air, more earthy, peppery and tar laced aromas show up. The palate is awesome with beautiful balance, tension and texture that lead into a long, tannic finish. It wasn't until the last sip that this showed more of the subtle meat and leather aromas that I'm use to getting from these wines. Outstanding stuff.
Another year, another vintage of Pegau in the Cellar... I was really looking forward to taste this and judge it for myself as the reviews I have seen seems to be divided into "green tannic beast" and "bramly fruity monster" positions. Thankfully - in my opinion - it was neither. Nice dark red/purple color. At first hesitant nose of mature cherries, provence spice and some sweet tobacco. With air the nose got more forthcoming. Also at first the mouth seemed a bit short and dry, but with air the typical smooth seductive Pegau-style became evident. I always find the taste of Pegau difficult to describe - some seamless combo of provence spice, cherries, leather, sweet tobacco and meat. The definitely tastes like Pegau, but it is much purer at this stage than say the 04, which were a lot more forstcoming. Also it is not the hot and overwhelming beast like the 03. Rather it is much purer and requires more time, like most other 05's. Pegau is just my favorite CNDP.
Down to the cellar for a pairing with pot roast--not any pot roast but organic grass fed from www.thunderinghooves.net the best purveyor in the area. I was thinking 98 Beaucastel--but none were around, at Dad's cellar I guess. Well, the backup wasn't disappointing:
Intially a whiff of brett was apparent, but it blew off quickly leaving the familiar spicy grenache hit I expect from Pegau. Lots of tannin, far tighter than I recall from a year ago, but the grip, depth and character leave me smiling and glad 14 btls remain. I should grab a few more as this is a long haul wine I will be thrilled to have. I am letting this sit in the glass as dinner is a couple hours away and I will report back. As time passes, the pure fruit emerges, this is the deep, brooding monster I recall from last Feb! An amazing characteristic is the lack of rough edges; even though the tannin is both evident and strong, the finish is smooth and fulfilling. I cannot wait to dig into the pot roast with a glass of this. So, on to the dinner. Well the pot roast was just marvelous. Loads of turnips, carrot, shallot and sweet potato and a rich sauce of Leroy 1999! The wine is fantastic and just remains a powerhouse three hours after opening. I maintain my rating and have a trickle left in the bottle at this point.
Wonderful. Loaded with spicy garrigue on the nose, but also meaty, smoky and with something like charred/melted licorice, too. Huge black fruit---blackberry, black cherry---but with some lighter notes of raspberry. Coffee notes also in the palate and on the long, delicious finish. This seems definitely open for business right now, and already is showing phenomenal complexity in comparison to the 2003, which I remember to be pretty primary at this stage. This is definitely another great vintage for Pegau. 96-97+?
Dark garnet. Concentrated, meaty nose, with ripe dark berries, venison, oak spice, fresh mountain herbs. Pure, deep red fruit on palate, crushed red raspberry and cranberry, layers of juicy red fruit, plenty of tannic structure underneath, with tinges of heat on late palate. Finishes long and broad, though somewhat clipped in complexity in its youth.
Wow, wow, wow! Popped and poured from a bottle that I purchased today from my retailer. This had the purest, most forward nose of raspberry that I have ever smelled on a Pegau. Utterly pure and unabashed with a huge, fruity entry. However, from here this gets more serious and stern, loaded with structure, long, chewy and powerful on the finish. Stunningly primary and delicious at this stage, it reminds me of the 2001 but more powerful and a little less spicy. This may well shut down hard, but it is wide open and awfully pleasurable right now.
2007 France Trip - Pegau, Pierre Usseglio, Monpertuis, Vieux Telegraphe, Dinner w/ Philippe Cambie (Southern Rhone): Tasted three samples: #1 (Syrah) from barrel was black/purple, showing high-toned purple fruit, violets, and mushrooms/earth. Concentrated and somewhat hard-edged right now. #2 (mostly Grenache) from a large foudre showed coffee, pepper, red and black fruits, and violets. Great acidity, structure, and concentration. Inky and outstanding. #3 (modely Grenache) from a smaller foudre was sweeter and more fragrant than #2. An impromptu blend of #2 and #3 was very impressive. All of these confirmed my impressions from last year. Pegau’s 2005 looks to be terrific.
Tasted from cask with Paul Féraud at the domain Nose of licorice, loads of spices and a little smokiness. The mounth is more powerfull and concentrated than the 2006 cask sample, with some light tannins Very masculine wine. A Pégau to forget in the cellar for 5 years… (94-95+/100)
Pegau at Wild Ginger with Laurence Feraud (Wild Ginger Seattle): Oh my goodness! Pulled from foudre and FedExed to Seattle for the event. This is just such killer juice! I know I will want a case minimum of this wine: Just a monster--I gave it a provisional score of 96-98, undoubtably, RMP will be in a similar range if the wine continues to develop. Dark, viscous with scents of game and garrique. A wine with amazing potential and a easy to drink even at this young stage. I would also mention that the finish and midpalate has a nice spicy element.
Here are my notes on 2006: Also from foudre: Provisional score of 92-94pts: a massive plummy juice bomb. Very reticent nose. I believe it will develop and strut its stuff in a couple years.
Domaine du Pegau Tasting at Wild Ginger with Laurence Féraud (Seattle, WA): Foudre sample. Oh baby, what a nose! Surprisingly complex for such an infant of a wine. Spicy, meaty, definite brett character, and some ripe raspberries. Mmm, what a palate, peppery with fantastic structure, a very spicy wine that reminds me a fair amount of the 2001 on release. The structure here is stunning though, and you can sense the huge amount of glycerin and alcohol as well. A big wine ala the 2003 but without the overt sweetness and nearly over the top character. This will be quite special in time.
Barrel sample tasted at the domaine. Looks to be another excellent Cuvee Reservee, with dark color and dark, sappy fruit both on the nose and in the mouth. Good weight and balance. Darker fruit than the 2004 and 2003 (see TNs).