Having drank all 6 bottles I bought from Premier Cru, I was given 3 more bottles by a generous fellow wineberserker who strongly disliked it. I was curious to try it, as I've wondered if there was bottle/lot variation at Pegau. Getting some confirmed "bad" bottles from someone may help me understand.
Slow o'd for a couple hours and served to a group of 6. This wine was consistent with my previous experiences. There is funk here, and quite a bit. It is of the barnyard variety, not clean funk, but I've had dirtier funk than this. This bottle also seems more advanced, with some nice secondary components showing up - forest floor, olive, smoke, tar, earth. The fruit is mostly red, dark cherry and plum. I swear there is a cola flavor mixed in with the fruit. Tannins are surprisingly mild as well. This improved throughout the evening. But the next day, the funk had increased to a significant level while a lot of the secondary characteristics have disappeared. I’m drinking the last sips of it now, and I still enjoy it, but it was considerably better yesterday.
As for the rest of the tasters, 3 people declared it completely undrinkable, 1 other person liked it quite a bit, and 1 person was indifferent. Several disparanging comments were issued toward Pegau and this wine particularly. One gentleman was extremely vocal about his disdain for the wine, how he couldn't drink it because it was so poopy. This gentlemen does like CDP in general, and I do not dismiss his opinion. However, I personally think he affected some of the other drinkers present with his adamant discontent. I saw this behavior in reverse at a CDP tasting I organized a while back, where a “leader” in the group of 12 people extolled the virtues of the 2008 Pegau. At that tasting, everyone seemed to like the wine as a convincing expert explained its goodness. This time, with the loudest voice in the room being very very critical, most people disliked it.
Overall, I’m grateful for being given the wine, grateful to confirm that I like Pegau in all it’s funky goodness, and very grateful to see the polarizing opinions towards the same bottle of it.
Overly bretty and heavy spritz from secondary fermentation that didn't improve after 24 hrs. Worst bottle so far. With the cost of averaging-out the bad bottles this ended up being a pretty poor value.
PnP. Similar to the bottle I had 6mths ago. Spritzy, bretty, gamey, earthy and a bit of spicy. This wine runs the gamut of flavours and keeps things interesting. Still enough fruit to keep going for a couple more years but really no reason to wait. Tannins are well integrated. Medium minus finish.
Coravin taste. Brett on the nose initially but blew off after 15 min, leaving red fruit and lovely florals on the nose. On the palate, this is fresh and lively with bright red fruits, nice balancing acidity, and just a touch of gaminess for nuance. Mid-weight, but really nice for its balance and freshness. Like this much better than the 07 Donjon tasted alongside. This was a great bargain at $28.
Free-flow Wagyu Beef Dinner and drinks (EN Dining Bar + Pine Close): Pop and poured. Appearance is clear, deep intensity, ruby colour. Legs. Nose medium+ intensity, with aromas of damp earth, smoky grilled meat, barnyard/horse stable/furry wild animal, spiced herbs and black pepper, licorice, dark black fruit, olive tapenade. Very complex nose. No doubt there is a Brett element here. Developing. On the palate, dry, medium acidity, medium+ alcohol, medum+ tannins, full body. Medium+ flavour intensity, with flavours of grilled smoky meat, dark damp earth, leather, pepper, olive tapenade, dark redcurrant, black cherry, and a deep sweet core of licorice. Long finish. Very good quality. Nice early drinking from the difficult 2008 vintage. Can still develop a bit more over the next 3-4 years. The kind of wine for lovers of Brett and open-minded individuals.
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