Opens with a typical Pegau-nose, salute from La Crau with all the meats and herbes, but then - gradualy, then suddenly - smooths out and appears more polished, even light. The fruit is bright and sweet, and the wine is very easy to drink right now,an almost feminine expression of Pegau - on quite marked tannins at the end tells us, that there is a future...
DTC Chateauneuf du Pape (@ SS): Beautiful bouquet with some pleasant barnyard, beautiful herbs and spices and “garrigue”. A wine for which sniffing is almost enough ;-). On the palate garrigue, a beautiful balance between elegant acidity and sweetness, good tannin with still a soft bite and a good length in the finish. Overall a real beauty with still a good future. Very happy to have a few. There will be a follow up on this TN.
Great nose with dark fruit notes and provencal herbs. Roasted meat and dark fruit on a savory palate. Outstanding balance with a lot of fruit still showing, so takes positive advantage of the vintage. Not a subtle wine, works great on a cool easy fall day.
Decanted for 60min. Deep rich garnet colour wine. The nose is so strong it tells you how young this wine is today. Strawberry and chocolate appear. There is also some evident of lavender. The taste is balanced and tannins are beginning to shed. The wine is thick. It taste like Molton chocolate cake, warm blueberry. I'm so glad to have more. This is good juice.
A Pegau vertical (and a Foreau) (My Home): Pop and pour after the main flight. My WOTN. Great showing. Purple in color. The nose is great with black raspberries, black cherries, clean with violets and spice. On the palate, this is deep and juicy. Lots of fruit but not over ripe. Medium tannins. Long finish. This is so delicious you just want to keep sipping on it.
Very similar to notes from previous bottle. I did a splash decant before serving and the first whiff was just bursting with alcohol. After about an hour, this really settled down to be a beauty though and I didn't really notice the alcohol too much. This is very ripe! but didn't seem too out of place as everything worked to balance out the ripeness. Beautiful winr that is in a great place right now.
Outstanding! Packed with dark red and black fruit, spice, and a bit of tannic bite. Great mouth feel too. Medium to long aftertaste with a cocoa-like feel on the back of the tongue. Really interesting wine.
Upon opening I thought it might be corked. Little fruit and tons of barnyard and funk on the nose. We set it aside for an hour or so and then it blossomed. On the nose there was tea, fresh dirt, cured meat, peanuts, cherry, kirsch. The barnyard gave way to fresh red fruits. The wine was sweet and ripe, medium to full bodied, bright and fresh with good mid-palate presence. More red fruits and some white pepper. The finish showed a return of the funk, dank, roasted and cured meats with a bit of tar and smoke. Nice long finish with ripe slightly drying tannins. Really complex and fascinating wine.
Getting better over time... Best bottle yet; filling out, bigger, better body. While still a bit closed on the nose this is classic CDP with garrigue,a little soy and savory notes, black and red fruit marmalade, good acidity and body, fine tannins and long finish... Not quite at its peak. Yummy.
Leather, peat moss, some stink on nose. Initial earth flavors on palate are immediately supplanted by fruit and almost juicy quality. Really quite delicious, although finish was somehwat short and metallic. Had 1/4 bottle remaining that I tried the next day but did not improve, and became more monolithic and hollow.
Nose - leather, citrus, mulberry per Erica smoke Mouth - rich but the most prominent flavor is that of bitterness. Deep dark fruit with strong herbal undertones , huge bitter finish almost reminiscent of a digestif.
Double decanted & then slow o'd for hrs, crimson, explosive nose of cherry & raspberry, same on the palate with a touch of pepper added, mod. tannins & mod-long finish; still young but glad I tried one, delicious with upside to come!
Santa Fe Mondiale - 2007 Chateauneuf du Papes (Luminaria): Wine #3. Single blind. Nose - bigger, brawnier, noticeable garrigue, herbal notes, moving to more of a clean, bright, Grenache syrup orientation. Palate - Great flavor, hollower mid-palate at first which filled over time in glass, excellent dry, long finish. Overall - gained over the evening, with a stupendous balance and persistence. Called Hillaire because of the obvious grenache syrup on the nose. #2 WOTN for me.
Our First Acker Auction (Marea in NYC): Good, too young, in the category of wine we drank during the auction that was just a bit overshadowed by some of the others. Not in quite in the drinking window that the '03 was, harder tannins, more berries and red fruit.
First one from the case, has me puzzled; it is very much Pegau, and it is a lovely full bodied, very local neuf to drink, especially with meats, but it loosed out to the2006 on minerality and balance, as the 2007 seems just a little bit disjointed. The domaine had a very succesful 2003, so hopefully this will come around, find it's feet, certainly the stuffing is there.
Second bottle. This one had a bit more life then the first. For a few minutes, there was some interesting red fruit, but it faded quickly over the first glass. Still found this to be a heavy-tasting wine. A bit unbalanced and hot. Dark fruit. Meh.
In the bouquet good garrigue, red berries, some menthol and eucalyptus. On the palate sweet and ripe red fruits and a lot of herbs and spices, elegant acidity and round tannin with a soft bite. Beautiful and tasty wine in its young maturity stage now and it can last until well into the 2020’s. I have a few, so there will be follow ups :-). 94 – 95
Immediate nose of blackcurrants - one of the most dominating fruit smells straight from the bottle in some time. Once poured, the secondary aromas come to the forefront though with some musty old aromas hinting at a wine that could be 30 years old rather than the decade this is. Leathers, tobacco, and vintage antique wood.
Medium to full bodied with definite kick. Still fruity with cherries and blackcurrants, but sweet currants, mushrooms and Christmas cake come through. Tannins are well integrated but still remain and stick to the teeth for some time post each mouthful.
I drank this to celebrate Christmas with my mother and wife in Malaysia.
Can be drunk now, but suspect has another 10 years at least. Drink 2015-2025+
Fairly nonplussed by this wine, consumed over an hour after opening. Shows sturdy structure, though slightly dilute fruit concentration, lacking complexity for me. Wasn't bad or off, just thought there'd be more interest.
Tuesday Night Double Blind $50+ (Bin 75): Dark reddish violet core, cloudy, maroon rim; funky nose, earthy, briny olive, sour plum, black pepper, dusty, obvious brett; very dense but sour fruit on the palate, horsey, very Grenache driven, old school Cdp; a bit too much for me; nailed it.
In our cellar, party for Lauren G. This was a late add for the evening, J/I stayed so we opened this after the 07 Sabon Prestige...splash decanted and drank over 45 minutes.
Medium color with a dark purple core. Nose was full of dark fruits and spice, bacon fat (really evolved in the glass). Dark fruits, cherry, spice, violet, oak. Medium/long finish
Was a good time to try this as I thought it was closed in its youth. Obviously a great CdP vintage, maybe just coming into its own. This is the more modern style CdP, richer and more fruit forward, traditionalists may not like it as much. Would really benefit from a decant, our last minute opening didn't allow for this - I would go for a couple hours decant for next bottle to do this justice...I think this will continue to evolve, drinking really well now
Best showing for this wine so far. It is ripe - but I dont find it too ripe for my palate. Tons of spice, anise, licorice, and garrigue on the palate, this was a joy to drink after an hour in the decanter. Nicely integrated at this point with plenty of complex notes on the palate and on the nose. This is a phenomenal wine that will get better.
Second Sunday Group: 2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape: Deep garnet color with an expressive bouquet featuring licorice, red berry fruit and florals. There's an enjoyable sweet/candied quality to the fruit in the bouquet that I like quite a bit. Red berry and cherry fruit on the palate; spice and earthy notes too. Develops spice and evergreen notes. Very nice.
Also took about 3 hours of breathing in the bottle first; stewed dark fruits, graphite, mints, sweet spices, and some violets in the nose; the palate, more complex and creamier than the previous bottle opened last February, dark berries and cherries, mild spices, and a touch of dry oak again; medium+ long finish too; overall, 92-93 points at this stage; still not quite there to me though.
This wine was very closed in it's youth (I even had doubts about it...) but now it is fully open and singing!! Very pegau ripe and modern nose, oriental spices, bacon fat, licorice, herbes de Provence... Super delicate at start, but building up in the mouth, this is a great Pegau as I like them at their best. I can't believe how this wine improved over the last years... I still learn about Chateauneuf every day :-)
Not very impressed. Granted Southern Rhone is not really my thing. Decanted and waited about 90 mins. Drank over 4 hours. Interesting nose: black cherry, a little wet earth. Taste is a bit unbalanced for my palate. The first glass had an odd umami/soy sauce character but that dissipated quickly. Otherwise, dark fruit, dried bing cherries, plum/prune. A little hot in the mouth. Wish there was more acid or tannin to carry the finish. Maybe a bum bottle given some of the other reviews - I have one more in cellar, so we'll see...
Consistent to my note two years ago. Medium garnet. Expressive nose of dark fruit, meat, vegetables, barnyard intermixed with red fruit and sweet spices. Aromas are very distinctive and if you have to like the French barnyard style (which you often find in Bordeaux as well) this is your wine. On the palate full bodied but feeling light for its alcohol percentage, very good acidity and soft, dissolved tannins. Fully mature, drinks with pleasure.
Well integrated. Slight garnet in color at the rim. Nose showing some fruit including dark cherry, blackberry and black currant. Also some oak notes along with hints of floral, black pepper and cut grass. 45 sec of nice finish with slight leather on the back of the palate. Enjoyable wine with nice balance that should have 10-15 yrs of life ahead if cellared properly.
Vin carafé 45mn puis bu sur 45mn. Robe rouge moyen, nez sur la cerise, bouche fruité (cerise) mais très tannique, note de boisé (vanille) pas très bien intégré. Vin ni large, ni long. Ne vaut pas plus que les 35€ payés et encore.
A very ripe and forward wine. I am not sure I would have pegged this as a CdP if tasted blind. Very good wine and although ripe, it was very much in balance. Showed well from pnp, but I think there is more in store. Will try next bottle in a year or two.
Loved it. Decanted 1 hour. (ok didn't wait a couple of years). Nose of blackberries and very CNDP. Palate had strawberry, blueberry, mocha and vanilla. Lovely weight and texture. Just starting to drink well. Must wait until 10 years before next bottle (2017). Very nice indeed.
Garrigue in the nose with red and dark fruits, spice. Body is well balanced with smooth tannins and long finish. Tasted better into the evening--opened an hour before starting. Stood up well in a field of Beaucastel Autard and Vieux Telegraphe. I love this wine. will drink over the next 5 years.
Slow-ox'd 6 hrs, decanted 3 hrs, tasted over 1 hr, Wilson School tasting -opaque dark red black no bricking -moderately aromatic licorice plum garrigue spice -med acidity, bigger boned sappy meaty plum licorice complex and long, med/med+ tannins, minimal heat -drinking very well now in early maturity with many years ahead of it, like the '07 Charvin tasted side-by-side the finishing heat was manageable, impressive
This is a big wine that will blossom with a few more years. I popped and poured this and it was showing well immediately - though I think it would benefit from a good decant as the last sip was the best one. There is a lot going on in this wine and you can definitely tell it is from a warmer vintage as the wine felt a lot more forward. No noticeable heat on the nose or palate. Very balanced. A classic CdP
Still young and rather closed. Less body and much lighter than expected. Acidity noticeable but well integrated. The wine is well balanced and pleasantly fresh. Nose is red and dark fruits, some flint and gunpowder. Herbal and some grassy aromas. Violets. Palate is similar w more pronounced violets and unfortunately a fair bit of terpene-like geranium notes as well. Likely to improve by cellaring over at least the next 6-10 years.
Given a two-hour decant, the 07 Pegau was remarkably accessible. However, it lacked freshness, with very little acidity or tannin. I feel this is going to be a short-termer and plan to drink my remaining 11 bottles over the next year or two. Somewhat of a disappointment, having had many good to great bottles over the past 20 years or so.
I have largely given up on Châteauneuf-du-Pape so opened this wine, from the often overdone 2007 vintage, with low expectations but was pleasantly surprised ... Colour deep, impenetrable garnet. The bouquet is attractive: a gutsy, smoky melange of aromas of red and black fruits particularly sour cherries and blackberries, barbecued bloody meats, red liquorice, Provençal herbs, Middle Eastern spices, umami and warm earth. Perhaps some brett on the nose, but not at an offputtlng level for me. On the palate, opulent, ripe (but not sur maturité) with a large volume of fruit. Slightly rustic to my palate, with some brett adding savoury complexity and the tannins visible and a little chunky. The wine has serious dry extract and is held together, in my view, by decent acidity, which provides some balance and focus. Flavours of savoury cherries, blackberries, grilled bloody meat, fig, thyme, lilac and other herbs, warm soil, rusted iron and iodine. Alcohol under control at 14%. This wine has the stuffing to cellar 20+ years, easily. I know people who like this style would rate it much higher than 91.
Though I feel like I am being a meiser by giving this wine a measly 93, Pegua brings this to itself by constantly producing fat CDP's that make you go WOW! Just starting to enter phase 2, its polished and blood red. The nose holds back some of the brettyness that I dig about this wine, but its definitely there. Some of the flavors are those of garrigue, sweet raspberry jam, fresh blood, hay, and a spicy eucalyptus tinge along a long, dry, and distinct ceylon tea finish that stays in the mouth for 2 minutes. I prefer drinking these wines super young or after a strong secondary development has taken place. For now, I think that this wine is caught in the in-between and needs 3 more years to be reborn.
A great bottle. Dark red. Dark fruits and leather and provencal herbs on the nose. The palate is beautiful, full sweet dark berry fruit, crisp acidity, some tannic grip remaining. Not overdone, as some others are in this hot vintage, no prune notes, just an outstanding expression of ripe grapes. I have numerous vintages of this, and some vintages show huge bottle variation (going towards undrinkable), but I am 3 or 3 with a bunch left on this one.
Poured two large glasses and left to sit for an hour or so. I imagine this will only get better in developing a more complex flavor profile, but it is currently outstanding. Rich and opulent now, I'm guessing 2020/2021 will be an optimum reward for those with patience. Paired very well with grilled club steaks.
Really enjoyed and rated although did expect a bit more complexity. Beautiful sour cherry and strawberry. Fruit did dissipate after a few hours (to a degree) and a burnt, smokey character appeared. Lovely wine however open next bottle after 10 years min.
Had with my 40th Birthday Dinner in Walla Walla, WA at Brasserie Four. Refined nose brings lots of spice cake, roses, red fruit, and some herbs and garrigue. The palate is medium-full, silky smooth and velvety in texture, with loads of red and black berries, strawberry shortcake, olives, basil, thyme, with raspberry and strawberry jam and some baking spices on the finish. We did not decant and drank over the course of three hours with dinner, and it was fine. However, this will only improve. Drink now-2027.
2007 Chateauneuf du Pape casting - high-level wines (Osteria da Fiorella, Tel Aviv): double decanted 3 hours before drinking classic rustic nose of CDP with ripe fruits, earthy spice, some herbs and garrigue medium-full bodied, round tannins, nicely textured, with loads of red and black berries, strawberry and herbs. very enjoyable and present finish. already at optimal drinking period and for the next 10 years at least.
The beauty of Pegaü is its terroir which insinuates itself on your palate, senses, and imagination with every sip. It is a gorgeous, even spectacular, example of Châteauneuf-du-Pape in every regard. A full 2.5 hour decant needed to show its charms to best advantage.
Red tile colour, nose of boiled greens on the nose. Rich fruit cake flavours, too rich in many ways, not enough acidity. Despite its price and reputation it seemed rather contradictory, green nose, rich cakes fruit on the palate and not enough acidity....
Intense and expressive on the nose, cherries, herbal, slightly meaty and savoury. Really big and powerful on the palate, a little bit unbalanced and slightly hot, tannins slightly on the rough side. Just enough freshness, a little heavy. Very good overall, certainly holding back a little with some room for improvement over the next couple of years but I'm not sure if it is ever going to be outstanding. 91-92+
Wines of Pegau with Laurence Feraud (Canlis): Nose: Brett, but soft and balanced. Dried cherry. Kirsch. Body is filled with dark cherry, leather, and dried fruit; it's beautifully soft and elegant. Lengthy finish with super fine tannins. 93+
Decanted approximately 3 hours. Color deep red with magenta hues. Moderate bouquet of cherries and liqueur-like notes of kirsch, Autumn potpourri, cinnamon and allspice, earth, and touches of lavender. Big delicious flavors of ripe cherries, strawberries, garrigue, herbs, and earth. Medium acid, moderate fine-grained tannins that don't get in the way of enjoyment. Overall, a tasty albeit youthful restrained Pegau that showed little brett or signs of development. It did pair extremely well with Maria Helm Sinsky's recipe for grilled apricot-glazed pork chops and roasted blue and fingerling potatoes.
This is something. Calmed down from before. Brett when opened but after 3 hours in decanter it was gone. Soy, kirsch, garrigue. Truly a beautiful wine, befitting the Easter feast. Not just a wine, but an experience.
Just as profound as when tasted last time. The rustic, balanced and totally integrated style is showing its very best sides tonight. The nose is full of classy tones of wet hay, garrigue, dried flowers, dark Grenache fruit and morellos. The cleanliness is wonderful, the fruit is dominating and there is little sign of brett. The palate is nicely balanced and the tannins, acidity and fruit components melt together in lovely harmony. The tannins, which are visible are velvety and almost silky. This wine has certainly integrated over the last couple of years, but it remains expressive and of course provides loads of pleasure. A clear solid 96 tonight. Bravo!
Pégaü is one of the most classical producers in Châteauneuf and also loved by several wine critics. There is no reason to doubt the glorification of these wines, they actually never fail to impress. Sometimes a bit too bretty, but always lovely balanced and nicely integrated. The 2007 vintage appears to be a star - judging from this effort, but I will love to taste the 2010s once they get a bit more approachable.
Gamy on the nose. Black berries, licorice, grilled meats, and forest floor, with a bit of lift. The palate is rich but not too much so, delineated and well-balanced. Drinking very well now. Looking at the professional tasting notes while the wine was young, they describe a wild and brambly wine. It seems to have settled down quite a bit since then. I really enjoyed where it is right now.
A slight disappointment for me, I have to say upfront. Prominent dark berry, licorice, fig and tar/mineral notes in the nose, so far so expected, but on the palate it wasn't nearly as tightly knit and integrated as I would have hoped at nearly 7 years of age. The finish was about average in terms of length and feel. Contrast that to the 2004 which I opened several times in past 2 years, and is streets ahead in terms of enjoyment factor IMHO
Delicious, if still very young. Black currant, tarry liquorice, great acidity... A big mouthful that hasn't fully integrated yet. Secondary characteristics were more prominent after a few hours including some floral and leathery notes. 92 now. Perhaps a couple points higher in 4 or 5 years?
Everyone in the room agreed this is a unique wine. Some suggested it was outstanding and should be celebrated for its uniquness (certainly, Parker does). I would celebrate it except I do not enjoy the smell of tomato paste in my wine. This wine shows the effects of 1 or more rampant infections. I have 30 bottles of various vintages in my cellar, so this is getting personal!
Opened this accidentally, but was not at all disappointed. Well balanced, which surprised me for this age. Dark fruit, medium to full bodied with hints of iron, vanilla, pepper, lead pencil and definitely black currant. Nose was earthy and the finish was nice and long with just the right acidity. This wine is maturing well. Drink now or hold... UPDATE 3/15.. Totally different. Not sure this is going in the right direction. Much lighter than last time. Closed and not showing much. After a few hours it seems to be coming around but it's gone. Will update in 6 months. Have to lower my score to 89-90
I'd opened the Magnum of 2007 Pégaü Cuvée Reserve three hours before the start of the tasting and had it with friends over the next three hours - partly with a daube provencale. Dark ruby, opaque red, close to black, in the nose dark berries, licorice, dark chocolate, little vanilla, after a while cinnamon and leather. In the beginning tannins were very present on the palate, dark fruits, little notes of pepper and black currant on behalf of the syrah and the mourvedre. After a while grenache gains the upper hand - warm, creamy, the fruits turned from dark to a liitle more red, the tannins turned softer and lead into a really long long finish. May be one of the best standard cuvées of Chateauneuf I'd ever had. You can keep it in cellar for a decade without any problem.
Took about 3 hours of aeration prior to tasting; the nose, lots of stewed apples, cherries, and plums, graphite powders, sweet spices, whipped cream, plus some caramel and mixed potpourri; the palate, still tight and young yet creamy, smooth, and well-structured, with lots of stewed red and dark berries, mild spices, and a touch of dry oak; the finish, rather drying and medium+ long, also with mixed stewed berries and unresolved tannins; overall, 92-93 points at this stage; will not touch the remaining bottles for 2-3 years.
Deep red with tinges of brown and orange around the rim. Beautiful well defined legs. Nose was amazingly deep: cooked cherry and raspberry, poop(!), blood, iron, bicycle inter tube, cut grass and herbs de Provence. Pallet was medium to full body, round and mouth filling. Pretty fruit shows through, baked strawberry and raspberry, mulberry, wild boar sausage comes to mind, mud, herbs de Provence and fresh cut lilac. The most beautiful tannins. Perfect fruit and not at all too ripe. Perfect balance between acidity, alcohol and tannins. Finish will probably last until tomorrow.
This wine is absolutely stunning. My only regret is I can't afford a case!
Edit: I decanted this for about 3 hours and drank over the next 3-4 hours.
This is what CdP is all about. Decanted for over 5 hours, the nose let you know that this was going to be great. Lots of fruit, but not over-the-top. Spices, garrigue, leather, smoke, cedar - so much going on. Very long finish. Considering that this sells for substantially less than the '03 Janasse Old Vines that it far surpassed, I would consider it a bargain at 70 bucks.
Always a great producer----glad I have a bunch of these. On a cool autumn night with a dinner of beef stew, what could be better? Well---other than haut brion..... Pegau! Fine tannin, brawny on the palate and of course all the Grenache on the finish--- no regrets going long on the vintage. Drink now of for another 20 years.
Decanted for an hour. Garnet crimson, medium legs. Light medium body. Nose of raspberry, fig, forest floor, and black tea. On the palate, raspberry, fig and prune, initially; black olive and light bacon notes emerged later. Medium finish. A very polished wine. With four of us on a bottle over a meal of grilled lamb burgers, each of us savored every sip. A serious and very enjoyable wine. Years to go
Decanted for several hours. The nose was fabulous and promising. The wine, tho excellent disappointed, as it was not up to previous bottles. I'm going to start keeping track of lot numbers, as the bottle variation is substantial and I have managed to mix up 3 cases. An undertone of iodine was bothersome
No detailed notes as drunk on vacation, but rounding into form and excellent now with serious potential. None of the heat or raisin notes that trouble me in a few of the 07s. A great vintage for Pegau.
Young wine, certainly, but smooth and solid, with excellent promise for the future. No plummy heat or sharp tannin, just classic CNdP character here. Peppery, spicy, rich and smooth on the palate, was able to stand up to a cookout on the beach! The finish shows good complexity and beautiful berry-rich fruit. Pleasing wine.
Opened on the spot of a tasting event, only got to 30 mins of decant time. A young CdP, brilliant ruby gem, but surprisingly quite open for drinking. Great aromatics of creamy blackberry, cut wood, meat juice, floral and sweet spices, very soothing. Nicely balanced mouth feel, no sense of heat with its given alcohol level. There are dark red cherry, oaky smoke on the palate, sofe and fine tannins are really pleasing. If finish could be longer, it'd be fantastic. Will be interesting to see how it evolves in the coming years.
This dense, deeply-colored wine actually showed better the day after the tasting, and seems to be quite closed right now. With coaxing, aromas of iodine, leather, smoked meat, pepper and very dark ripe fruit emerge from the glass. This wine has serious potential, complexity, and textural richness.
Dark ruby color leads to a nose of cedar, parsley, pepper and raspberry. Medium full body screams chateauneuf with forest floor, red fruits, anise. Finish lasts forty seconds. This is a great CdP which I expect to improve over next 10 years.
Medium garnet. Discrete nose of brett/beef/game/barnyard with red fruit, herbs de Provence and sweet spices. Aromas are very distinctive but you have to like the French barnyard style (which you often find in Bordeaux as well) to like this wine. On the palate surprisingly light for its alcohol percentage, good acidity and very soft tannins, fully dissolved, great balance indeed. There is a very slight tingling sensation on my palate (may be that is just this bottle?). Delicious CdP, the strong point of this wine is how fresh and light it is on its feet despite being a southern grape/region wine. Ready to drink now.
Funky nose of brettanomyces/barnyard, garrigue, dark cherries and lavender... just the essence of classic Chateauneuf! Fullbodied but not heavy. Dark red fruit, leather, earth and good amounts of dry tannins. Old school, but in a good way!
Decanted for 30 mins. Purple red color Forrest floor on the nose,hint of vanilla, barnyard big nose, a bit of orange peel. Taste a bit of flower , prune, a little ceder taste. Lot heat, strong bitter prune finish strong tobacco. Do not like the bitterness. Kind of a flower like bitterness taste.
Very good - wonderful sweet nose - smooth fine tannins good length with some nice oak spice and acid - strong fruit but perhaps a slight bit of alcohol at the end - still a very good drop though (60 minute decant)
Not quite as obviously great as my last bottle c. 18 months ago, and I wonder if this hasn't closed down a little since then, but its still mighty good. Earth, black pepper, some herbs, maybe a bit of tobacco leaf but still pretty restrained on the nose. On the palate its medium+ bodied, not particularly expressive with drying tannin and medium acidity. Not much of a finish either, so I suspect its in a relatively dumb phase but you can sense the potential lurking beneath. Give these plenty of time.
Wow. Not super giving on the nose, just kinda earthy (though I do get hints of Asian red-bean (azuki) paste which is pretty darn cool), but BAM on the palate there's just a beautiful balance of earth and fruit. Super intense, grip, nice acid, approachable tannins. The fruit really shows on the medium finish, which could be longer, but is fine as is, especially with just a pinch of minerality at the end. Fantastic for the price though, and showing surprisingly well right now. Popped and poured pretty well too.
Decanted and drank over 2 hours. Great wine. Deep dense nose of dark fruit, spice, wood, beef and leather. The palate matched and was incredibly juicy, layered and full of sweet dark fruit. Almost jammy. After about an hour, this seemed more integrated with a nice silky texture and a long smooth finish. A little bit of heat at times though.
Awesome wine, so much going on. Perfectly ripe plummy fruit, a lick of spice, creamy oak and fine, slick tannins with a hint of funky interest. So well balanced and drinking just beautifully at this early stage.
My third tasting yielded the most rewarding results. I put this up as a candidate for blind tasting during my Steak Night group under the category of French wines under $100, and this won by a mile against 10 other candidates. Decanted for about an hour, it was just the perfect balance between power and elegance; boldness and grace; complexity and purity. This is by far the best value for money wine I've acquired. Drink from 2013 to 2025.
Very impressive. Savage, yet elegant. Still very young, but starting to show secondary. A lot of substance, but balanced and showed a bit more restraint than a lot of the 07s. Definitely benefited from a decant and started to open after 3 hours. I'm holding for 5-7 years on the next bottle.
Really impressed me. In the nose a hint of everything, nice dark fruit, red berries, mocha, garrigue with a briney meatiness and funkiness to it. On the palate the the wine is fresh without being a lip smacker, and the tannins are already so approachable. Perfect acid and tannin. The palate mirrors perfectly the boquet. One of the best wines of 2012 for me. I have had Pegau before, but this one was outstanding.
Annual CdP Dinner (Edina Country Club, MN): -- 4 hour decant before the event -- -- tasted a single pour non-blind over approx. 30 min., and then another pour non-blind over approx. 15 min. about 1.5 hours later --
NOSE: lots of red-fruits; fruit leather; moderately expressive to expressive.
BODY: dark color; medium-full bodied.
TASTE: very ripe red fruit flavors, with a hint of leather and lots of garrigue; showing much better tonight than this same wine did two years ago: perhaps there’s hope for this wine after all.
Annual Holiday CDP Tasting (Edina, MN): Very dark red color. 4 hour decant, drank 1 glass over 1.5 hours. Nose was showing black licorice, spice, slight funk, dark fruits. The palate seemed a bit lighter in body, dark fruits, very spicy, peppery, orange peel, meaty, moderately grippy tannins and some heat at times shows on the palate. This seemd to be in an awkward place right now. Certainly did not show as well as a bottle a couple of years ago.
Annual CDP Tasting (Edina Country Club): NOt a fan. Some fruits, saline and earth. Not showing a lot at this stage of the game. A lot of big scores and I am not seeing it. I think Pegau is off my radar at this point.
Consumed over two days, super sauvage and slightly out of balance with regard to heat and tannin on the first day, though still delicious. It took about an 8 hour slow-o and overnight in the fridge to get some of the meaty, savory elements to emerge when the tannin finally relaxed - then, it was pheonmenal example of Pegau. The ripe fruit takes on a scorched earth quality, making this a particularly dark fruited vintage. Will wait another five years before opening another. 14%
My second tasting yielded a 180-degree turnaround from my first tasting in August of 2011. I decided not to decant, and drink straight away. Wow, this was packed with power and boldness. This tasted more like a 2007 Clos des Papes CDP with unctuous flavors of black tea, hoisin, smoke, and soy along with subtle nuances of black berries. Just jam-packed with concentration. Wow! Drink from 2013 to 2025.
Dark red. Hay, herbs, licorice and a bit of meat on the nose. This wine had flavors of fig, currant, licorice, smoked meat and a bit of chocolate in an incredibly long finish. The tannins are still quite firm, but this wine opened up quickly. A wonderfully complex wine.
Young Pegau Vertical with Warso: Double decanted for about 3 1/2 hours. Of the trio of Pegau's, for me, this was the clear winner of the night. Full bodied with rich red fruit. Kirsch, licorice and garrigue in the forefront with earthy notes and undertones of green, brambly, underbrush permeating throughout. White pepper on the med length finish. The tannins were much riper than the 06. For the most part, even though this tasted like it has a long life to live, it seems to be open and ready for business today. I think I'm going to put my 06 Pegau's in the back of the cellar for now and start drinking the 07's.
Dark red-ruby color. Well developed and expressive nose, it exhibits a beautiful definition of red fruit. Spices, chocolate, herbs and licorice gradually build on the nose . Full bodied, assertive, ripe and sweet tannins, balanced, combining freshness and concentration, this wine shows vibrant fruit, savoury spices and a lush palate. Long, racy and spicy finish. Up to an extent, this is 2004 packed with more fruit and more muscle. Still a baby but it will develop very well in time. 14% alc. (94-95/100)
Decanted 2hrs then consumed out of bottle the following 3. Similar notes to Jeff Leve and jfpwine, but this bottle seemed a bit muted and closed. Everything is there to make this a great wine in 5yrs or so. 91+
Kirsch, cherry liqueur, black raspberry, earth and garrigue aromas, rich, lush textures and a long, fresh, pure, ripe fruit filled finish reminds me why I remain a fan of Chateauneuf du Pape and Pegau. Drink it now if you like them young, or let the wine age. This is simply delicious.
Earthy bouquet. Voluptuous palate, with earthy tones, mushroom and stone typical of a CDP. Dark fruit present with the very long finish. Very refined and elegant. Fantastic wine. This will age very well given the firm structure.
Interesting comparison drinking this with the 07 Beaucastel. And to be sure, at least today, this is showing a lot of complexity right out of the gate. At no point this did this feel like a runaway ripe wine, Parkerized, too international etc. or whatever negative 07 CdP you want to throw around. No, this tasted clearly like a classic Pegau, just on a much larger scale. A touch of brett on the nose (but not as much on the palate) actually worked well within the other aromatics such as roasted plum, lavender, and a touch of pine needles. Definitely a full palate impact, wow, this is just loaded with classic CdP goodies (or at least classic to me) of dark strawberry fruit that is very clean and transparent in the mouth. Again, this is already multifaceted and complex, blood, iron, Garrigue all in abundance and in just the right proportions. The back half shows some pretty serious tannins but by no means a distraction. This has scary good potential.
Nose of smoke, grilled meat, and pepper but almost no fruit. Dark fruit (plum, blackberry) are added to the mix when tasted, as well as significant acid and tannins. This has a long life ahead of it and will improve, despite my already very high rating.
Oh so much better than the last bottle. Decanted for an hour and this followed a really fine '05 Bordeaux and easily surpassed it. Rich and complex, the nose was so good, you didn't even need to drink it. This kept the promise of the wine we tasted from the froudre in 2008.
Opened and tasted immediately and this was all animal hair and funk. Aerated and decanted and tried twenty minutes later and got strong pepper notes and brambly berries. After another hour or two this showcased dark fruit and leather with the pepper fading. Remained somewhat consistent over the next several hours with dark berries and a medium length finish, good acid, and a bit of a tannic bite. Hold.
Absolutely stunning nose. Medium body with great balance. Full of terroir. Notterribly fruity long, amazing finish. Only problem was that the wine is stilll too young. Must save the others that i have.
Some Great Wines for Spring Break; 3/4/2012-3/18/2012 (Avignon, Vaucluse, France): Pegau's nose is unique. Distinguishable by itself, it displays a more mature red fruit with patine and softness all rounded up in a delicate yet impressive, multidimentional style. The legs of this specific offering were extremely fat, giving an insight on the alcool level of this beauty. Very delicate, concentrated, and deep, the mouth was full of licorice and guarrigues. The tannins are totaly integrated in this great Pegau Reserve 2007, a dense and velvety wine possessing an incredible potential.
This wine was very closed. I had a bottle shortly after release, and that wine was singing. This wine however, gave nothing away on the nose. The palate was firm, but filled with stuffing. There is plenty of potential, but save it for at least 5 years before opening one. 92+
Pure, old style CdP. I like this anti-marmelade style. This wine is pure, with a beautiful strukture, very good tannins. Strong, complex fruit with earthy notes and a hint of minerality. Good acidity and a long finish. A wine with a pure and strong character.
Dark purple core with some lighter reddish color around the rim. Excellent nose which showed a touch of reduction at first, but blew off quickly to reveal plummy aromatics along with black pepper and some briny notes. Full bodied and highly intense. This is my first 2007 Pegau and it is my favorite wine tasted from 2007 in the Southern Rhone. Gorgeous, pure layers of fruit which cascade through the palate while maintaining the perfect weight and sit in perfect balance with the structure here. Tannins are chalky, but not particularly firm and are surprisingly unobtrusive. Peppered stone fruit dominates the seemingly endless finish. Love this stuff!
Judgment reserved. The first night, this wine had an almost overwhelming metallic note on the finish, sort of a copper/iron thing, that I described as drinking a really good young with with several pennies sitting on my tongue. The second night (one glass left), that note was still noticeable but had integrated quite a bit. The wine was stuffed with dark fruit, sour cherries, spices, beef blood, and maybe a touch of iodine and eucalyptus. If I were a betting man I would guess that the 'pennies on the tongue' will integrate, but I will not touch another bottle until, oh, 2018 or so. It's a big wine.
Dark red. Nose is raw meat, earth, and minerals, only after an hour does blackberry fruit appear. It is powerful but not a blockbuster in the mouth, and medium weight. Returning to the second half of the bottle 24 hours later....I notice more fragrance including a hint of VA. Some floral notes on the palate, but I am surprised by the lack of fruit nuances in the nose and on the palate. Perhaps it's closed right now.
I aired it for an hour, and perhaps it would fare even better with another couple of hours, because this is essentially a powerful wine in an exceptionally powerful vintage. It will certainly improve in another couple of years or even in five, ten or fifteen years. This wine really packs punches and is truly old-school. Not very fruit-driven. It is very dense on the nose with fresh herbs, spices minerals and dark fruit. Compact on the palate but still manages to open up and is long and complex and the taste of licorice and garrigue is just magnificent. There is so much going on here. Balanced but still slightly to noisy. Intense. This may be the best CNdP I’ve ever had.
First time with the 07s, just fantastic out of the bottle with earth, leather and lavender, some beefstock and a bit of woodsmoke. A touch of raisin but not pruney and certainly not hot on the palate, it does get a bit reticent with time in the decanter, but the goods are there. I suspect this will take 10 years from vintage to really blossom - good as this is now, its going to be epic in its pomp.
Chateauneuf du Pape Tasting (Wine Route Savion): Dark ruby color. Exquisite and complex, with lots of ripe fruits, cherry and an earthy bouquet. Excellent harmony – a lot of ripe fruits in the palate too. Full bodied, nice tannins, medium finish (81$)
Tried first 1 of 6. Decanted 5 hours. Nose was dark fruit and seemed a bit alcoholic. Not sure this wine is very integrated right now. Dark fruits, earth, chocolate / vanilla. A touch of meat & barn funk...acid. Agreed with others than it seemed mute in the middle. It is silky though, reasonable tannins. A touch disappointed right now, will wait a while for the next.
Divine! I've been eager to try this before it shuts down for a couple of years in the cellar, awaiting a grand opening beginning 2013. Dense purple in the glass, with dark ruby edges. A deep, complex nose of plums, figs, and earthy loam. The first tantalizing sip luxuriates across the palate, in smooth waves of dark berries and silky tannins. Even as a youngster, Pegau hints of the glorious maturity yet to come.
(at C&O - Charlottesville) This was surprisingly disjoined compared to other '07's I have had. Big fruit, but a bit of heat as well which I almost never get in Pegau....a strange stage so will not score.
This is the best CdP I've ever had. Better than Beaucastel and Vieux Telegraphe. It is refined and elegant. I get more minerality from this wine than the other CdPs that I listed--I really enjoy that minerality. My only regret is that I didn't buy more bottles. Most highly recommended. If you are looking for a fruit forward bomb, then look elsewhere--this is not your wine. Spectacular!
Everything you expect it to be : dark dense color. Complex amalgam of blackberry, dark plum, lavender and thyme on the nose. Rich round and deeply flavored palate. Not finesse but balance within that rich framework. Delicious.
My first tasting had a 2-hour decanting time, which revealed a heavenly nose of red cherry, French earth, mild oak, vanilla, and raspberry. It was really more of an aromatic wine that captivated and mesmerized ones drinker. After 2 hours, the body lightens up, and becomes almost medium-bodied exhibiting an elegant style that opens up very gracefully and weaves through the palate with flavors of braised fig, hoisin, spice and grilled meat unraveling through the many layers of subtle red and blue fruit nuances that have already been introduced at the onset, but comes back in a layered manner. Given enough time to breathe, it becomes charming, seductive, and remarkably elegant. Just as a warning, it may dominate your dinner conversation. Drink from 2011 with 2 hours of decanting, or from 2013 to 2025.
A profound effort wich is so typically Pégaü I am amazed. I really do love this rustic, yet balanced style. The nose is full of the Pégaü classical tones of wet hay, garrigue, dried flowers, dark fruit and after a few hours of air a subtle but lovely tone of menthol (!) and morellos. The palate is balanced but still the tannins, oak, acidity and fruit components speak out loudly. I love the oak component in this wine - it is surely present but still velvety and almost silky. Tannins are present yet manageable and rather appealing. After having tried several vintages from this producer during long dinners, I think this wine will integrate a bit more, but remain expressive and provide an immense amount of pleasure.
Comparing the 07 to the 03, the 03 is more integrated, a little bit "more" of everything - although the 07 will be a great wine with some age it will not be as great as the 03. Comparing the 07 to the 05, I think the 07 drinks better right now, but that is of course just according to my palate. (score is 95-96 tonight)
2007 CDPs Tasting (Crystal Wines): Alcohol :: 14% Tasted Single blind. Double decanted for 5hrs. Spicier and offered more herbs de Provence aromas that intermixed with earth and dark fruits. Good freshness and balance, this medium bodied juice is dominated by roast meat, savory and light barnyard notes over some blackberry fruits. Well delineated with soft juicy, rich finish that's long and savory with bitter chocolate and coffee aftertaste. Nothing wrong here but relatively simple for the vintage and can be drunk now. 86-88
Crystal Wines: 2007 CDP Tasting: Barnyard, dark fruits, mineral and mocha vanilla nose. Ripe currant, plum, smoke meat flavour with firm tannins and good acidity. A good wine but a bit thin and mute in the middle of the palate, somehow lack of any impression that strike people mind.
Popped and poured at a restaurant without detailed notes. Classic Pegau style, with some character of the '07 vintage. Luckily, not overdone. Expressive nose from the start with black cherry, garrigue and spices with anise and thyme. Palate showed the concentrated dark fruit of the '07 vintage, but retained a lovely acidic spine with fine tannins. Lengthy spicy finish with a touch of mineral coming through. Surprisingly open, but this is built for the long haul. Impressive, and maybe may favorite '07 so far as I have not been impressed the RP 100's.
Sineann wines and whole bunch of other stuff (Our home): Wow, did this bottle impress me. My first one to be opened. The only thing that surprised me was how accessible and open it was. I wouldn't say mature, but its not a baby either. I may drink these faster than i thought, but if all my bottles are this good, who cares. Ruby/purple in color. The nose is textbook with cherries, raspberries and black raspberries along with some spice and floral notes. Incredible texture. Smooth and silky. On the palate, juicy raspberries with depth and complexity. The only wine I took a second glass of (it was my bottle), just to see if after a bunch of wine, I still thought as much, and I did. Really performed above my high expectations. And nothing over ripe about this bottle.
Straight from my tasting note sheet: "The nose is literally sending chills down my spine". I honestly spent several minutes just smelling this before I drank any, the nose was fascinating, and had a little bit of everything going on- earth, fruit, chocolate, forest. Absolutely amazing. The palate was similar to the nose, with the dark fruit and forest characteristics coming through in particular. The only flaw I found which knocked the score down a bit was the finish seemed incredibly hot to me, which is not something I am usually sensitive to.
Rich and full bodied. Somewhat austere but in a good way. Dark brooding fruit with hints of garrigue and leather. I have been disappointed with some 2007 Châteauneufs from other producers (I am not a fan of high alcohol), but this one is good; it needs time but I expect has good potential.
Drank at Joe's, Chicago. Not up to previous bottle. Undertone of iodine, else this would have been fabulous. Paled next to the 2007 Clos des Papes we drank side-by-side. Still very good, but sure hoping the remainder are more like the first bottle than this one.
8/10 - This wine is definitely well made. Silky soft tannins, good balance, and the high alcohol is relatively kept in check (though it does warm the belly a little). Length is good as well. That being said, it just wasn't doing it for me. It felt a little too simple or reticent. Nose of raspberries and dark cherries that follows through to the palate. Some cassis and a hint of game as well. Perhaps my expectations were set too high with the great reviews. Plus the wine's still young. Will have to keep the for a while before opening again.
Second day tasting, the wine opens up further and the fruits become more evident. Upping from 7.5/10 to 8/10.
Pegau's legacy and the 2007 vintage led to high hopes for this wine. I was extremely dissapointed. The wine seems to be aging rapidly. I tasted some of the typical licorice notes and some cherry but none of the depth that I've become accustomed too. I think this is a rare miss by this chateau.
Excellent. It is rich and the flavors are intense and delineated without feeling extracted. Not the least bit fat. There is good structure and appropriate acidity here. Cherry, herbs, earth, and some spice. There is also a slight, very pleasing BBQd meat element. Very clean and open knit with excellent depth. Youthful and will last a long, long time. In the long run, my score may be conservative.
– popped and poured – – tasted a single glass non-blind over 15 minutes – – decanted for 4.5 hours before the event –
Clear ruby-garnet color. Deep expressive red berry fruits on the Nose; cigar wrapper. Medium-full bodied on the palate. Somewhat simple on the palate right now: fresh raspberry and a hint of alcohol taste that became more pronounced with air and as the wine warmed to room temperature; also seemed to pick-up some sweetness with time in the glass. Tannin was soft. Alcohol was a bit noticeable in the belly, too. The best thing this wine had going for it was its Nose. I’m a little concerned this doesn’t have the structure to age well, but will forego making up my mind on that matter until a later time. This wine confused me, and I’m not really sure if I like it or not.
À l'Atelier avec J-F A. Nez animal typique, avec du fruit noir. Superbe texture, un des Pegau jeunes parmi les plus réussis. Concentré et gourmand, épicé, voluptueux, un vin riche qui cache ses tanins derrière une matière ample, très mûre. Le coté animal peut ne pas plaire à tous mais il ne me déplaît pas et me semble classique pour ce domaine. Excellent potentiel de garde même s'il se laisse déjà apprécier. 93+ pts
dark garnet. concentrated sweet cherries, licorice, bloody beef and slight smoke, medium long finish. came across a little foursquare and lacked a certain je ne sais quoi I was expecting given the reviews, but otherwise a very nice bottle. I marginally prefer the Les cailloux and Ferrand to this. 91+ we'll see how it develops.
Churchill's: Smackdowns (Maumee, OH): Ripe, almost raisiny nose, perfumed. Dark fruit with grape jelly. Medium+ structure, wow for the vintage. Slightly bitter oak, though. No brett this time. Very solid overall. $100
I opened this to try to determine if I want to go long on this bottle. Decanted for 6 hours. Brett bomb. While I can tolerate some Brett this was over the top. Reading the notes it sure seems this suffers from bottle variation. Tough to tell how my bottle would have aged. Not in a hurry to buy more.
Highly vegetal nose. Dense plummy purple color. Has a roasted character to the nose, like Cote Rotie along with licorice, lavender, roasted herb and meat juice. Intense, rich and full bodied. -Tasted at Marché Bacchus 9/11/10
Medium red. Very nice red fruit and mineral nose, hints of smoked meat and earth. Not overly ripe at all. Nicely balanced. Didn't hear any church bells though. Good but didn't change my life. Nothing as good as the 04 IMHO.
K&L Rhone Premium tasting (K&L, San Francisco): Tannic structure. Nose jumps OUT of the glass with spices and red fruits. Palate has 2-3 layers of fruit. Could use a few years before drinking to integrate and develop more of those secondary aromas and to build the palate. Awesome. 95+
Opened up the bottle just before serving it for a dinner with e an my wife. A word of advice! Give it time to breathe. My personal technique is never to use decanter for my wines, as I enjoy their development in the throughout the night. This time decanting it would have been well spent. Initially the nose was very tight, fruity and edgy, with too much smell of just "ordinary" wine compared to what I expected. After an hour it started opening up, and now after 2-3 hours of breathing i feel this beauty has finally opened up to me, and revealed it's true self. Now the nose fills me with tons of fruit and berries, not to mention very ripe raspberries, in a combo with iron, a touch of iodine and herbs. At this stage i personally it smells better than it tastes. The taste is initially a touch edgy, with tannins to follow. Exactly what I would expect at this early age of a wine with such aging potential. The taste itself holds liquorice, and a fruit and has a nice full body to it, although somehow flat on the tongue. I thin this beauty need loads of time, and i look forward to finding out how it develops as I enjoy the last 8 bottles in the next far future.
Bottle open about an hour, and double-decanted. I think this needed more air time or better, more bottle age - wine is balanced but not quite fully integrated and a bit tannic/acidic (but not off-putting). Nose of dark fruit with tart notes, sharper garrigue, hint of milk chocolate, and rustic floral perfume. In the mouth somewhat smokey, sour, red, ripe neither sweet nor sour fruit (cherry, blackberry, perhaps plum) with drying tannin at the front of the tongue and mouth. Finishes with a bit of heat and fading fruit. Dry. Body medium, acid medium plus, tannin medium plus.
Had this at a Rhone tasting the other day and it was the clear winner out of 30 wines. Bought a few bottles and couldn't resist opening one. Nose of raspberry, bitter orange peel, coriander and earth. Dark cherry, white pepper, cocoa and leather flavors with just a touch of Brett. Medium tannins are solidly structured but not overwhelming (especially compared to the 2005). Long finish coats the tongue and makes my spine tingle. I'm excited to revisit this wine in another 5-10 years!
Châteauneuf-du-Pape tasting: The nose had beautiful dark fruit aromas with notes of smoke and some brown spices. The palate had very ripe blackberry and cherry flavors with some oak notes. No brett to be found on this at all, and that was quite a surprise to me considering how much brett was on the 06 Reservees that we have tasted. This was one of my favorites of the night. I think it's the Syrah or Mourvedre component and the abscence of brett that make me enjoy a CdP. I was surprised to find out how much grenache was in this wine - I never would have guessed that it was so much.
Last time i had it, it was really disapointing, but today it is a lot different. Nice nose with pepper, kirsch and blood. Lively, fresh and vibrant on the palate, with plenty of sweet fruit like cherries and also provancal herbs. Very easy and wonderfull to drink but it may shut down later.
Very concentrated nose of licorice, black and red cherries, meaty... in the month, silky tannins, red and black cherries, good refreshing acidity and still very very young wine, but with an enormous potential!!
Still in a very primary state, this wine is clearly in the classic Pegau mold. Nose is very aromatic: raspberries and leather, sweet roasted provencal herbs, tapenade. Structured and rather intense right now, with substantial tannins and tremendous power; very long finish. Needs some years but will be a stunner. Perhaps wiser not to drink it now, though.
Smooth and elegant, however closed for business. So much fruit and flavour lurking below the surface. A touch of funkiness appeared as it sat in the glass, but never really opened up or was expressive. Do not touch for at least 5 years!
Random Wines (Wine Vault): Clean, Med+ Ruby A: Clean, Med to med+ intensity, Banana(?), cherry, lil vanilla, earth, spice, dirty/twigs T: Dry, med+ acid, med tannin, med body, med+ finish, med intensity, cherry goodness, pepper Conclusion good stuff
Visit to Pegau (Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France): We had the great privilege of meeting Laurence at Pegau and getting a nice lesson in the history of CDP and Pegau before having an opportunity to taste an unbelievable array of Pegau wines. I was surprised at how accessible and balanced the reserve cuvee was at this stage. Tremendous fruit with impeccable balance. Nice texture with extremely soft tannins. Loved this wine.
Seriously complex and masculine with all its notes of soot, animale, tar and blood. It is an enormously endowed wine that screams out ‘size isn’t important, its how big it is’ yet it manages to be balanced and quite engaging at the same time. I suspect I will not be alive when this wine eventually hits its apogee but I’m laying down a few bottles just in case.
What great structure! Now this is what I'm talkin' bout! Mineral-driven, fresh-plowed, baked earth frenzies about the glass. The fruit has taken a back seat for now, but that's okay with me. Muscle, spice, and garrigue throughout the mighty finish. I can't wait to see what this wine will be in 10-15 years.
Tasted this at a dinner hosted by Laurence Feraud. Of the wines we sampled, the 2007 was my favorite at this point in time. It has a wonderful nose of Provencal herbs and plum. Rich and fruit-forward but not cloying. Not fully integrated at this stage. Almost Burgundian compared to the 2006 and 2005. Tannic finish but nowhere near that of the 2005 that we tasted later. She indicated that it would probably continue to drink well for another year and then shut down for about five years. Second favorite was the 2006 followed by the 2005. The 2005 is still incredibly tannic and Laurence thought it needed ten years in bottle. All three vintages should be excellent with time.
Audouzed for 5 hours : opaque purplish ruby color almost to the rim. Nose of fresh purée of raspberry , mint , earthy mushroom, and BBQ spices. Lush raspberry , and black cherry flavors up front in a medium to full weight. Nice and crisp in the mid palate suggesting a good candidacy for ageability....flavors of strawberry and dark chocolate are identifiable though the wine is still very tight. Nice long lingering finish. These 07 haters ain't gonna like this.
Very very young, but not closed down. Wonderful dark fruit on the nose, but lacking the typical Pegau funk and garrigue at this point. Fruit is somewhat sweet like many other '07s but not at all overly sweet. Great balance. This wine is going to be much better in 10 years.
Chateauneuf de Pape Tasting (Urbana, Washington, DC): Thank god for Pegau. In a vintage dominated by overripe wines, Pegau saves the day (or should I say, vintage). Yes, this is more fruit driven than the traditional Pegau, but for the 2007 vintage this is great! By far, the best 2007 CdP I've smelled thus far. It does lack some of the depth that you can anticipate from older vintages of Pegau...but I am imagining great things from this wine in a decade or two. Really encouraging!
Nose of very ripe strawberries, oriental spices, herbes de provence, meaty... in the month, very elegant, concentrated ripe red fruit, herbes de provence, sweet kirsch finish, very long... a great Pegau!!
Dark bluish red. Nice and seducing nose of sweet strawberries, cherry jam, sweet licorice and smoke. In the mouth this is surprisingly accessible with smooth round tannins and great balance. This is a very seducing Pegau, purer than usual and extremely easy to drink. As I really like this style I also find myself a bit puzzled that it is not more concentrated? I cannot help but wonder that a lot of the good juice have been held back for Da Capo and while this is a great Cuvee Reserve it is not quite on the level of 1998 and 2001.
The real deal. Decanted for four hours and could have used more. Fell to curiousity and temptation in opening first of two cases after tasting from foudre at the domaine in 2008. This did not disappoint. Rich, garnet color. Nose said "this is gonna be good". Tannins softer than expected for so young a CdP, but no surprise as barrel taste was not at all raw.. Long finish gave promise that this will be even better with time.
Wow. Among the best young CdPs I have ever had in over twenty years of drinking them, if not the best, although I can never bring myself to open the really pricey ones early. Of the six or seven 2007s I have had full bottles of, only the Chaupin has been near this level. Great fruit core, great balance, mouthfilling with a long and clean finish. Just a great experience with a young wine and really looking forward to what this will become. A clear step up from the 2006, which is saying something as that one is darn good.
This is a wonderful vintage for Pegau, and I actually wonder if my score is too low. Rich, balanced, powerfully aromatic: that trademark Pegau profile with creme-de-cassis, tobacco, leather, garrigue, and a remarkable tension between ripeness and structure. The wine has a core sweetness that just makes it irresistable. In fact perhaps the only negative is that I tasted it next to the 2007 da Capo and whereas in 2003, for me, the da Capo and the reservee turned out to be at a similar level of quality, here the da Capo definitely had the edge.
Trip to the Southern Rhone; 6/11/2009-6/12/2009 (Avignon, Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas and the Dentelles du Montmirail): From foudre. Incredible nose, with red meat, plums, red fruit and gorgeous minerality. Perfect balance on the palate, with velvety tannins and clean, pure cherry flavours and lifted pepper and spice notes especially towards the finish. Lots of concentration, lots of elegance. Laurence Feraud said that the 2007 vintage had such perfect conditions that the wine more or less made itself. You could see why from this sample. Full of potential as it was though, it still had a sense of being disassembled, with some missing flesh here and there. I have no doubt it will be a knock-out wine in years to come. 93 for now.
Beautifull nose of jammy strawberries, oriental spices, smoked meat... in the mounth, very powerfull ripe red fruit, excellent acidity, and tannins totally intergated... very very long... in the style of the 2001 Reserve with even more ripe fruit concentration and freshness!! a great pégau in the make (96-98/100)