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Community Tasting Notes (589) Avg Score: 94.2 points

  • Another super bottle with J&J at Wild Honey. This one took half an hour or so in the decanter to open. We all thought it bested VT05 at the same table.

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  • The 2003 Pégaü Réservée is a beautiful rendition of this consistently exciting cuvée, and a great achievement in this torrid vintage. The wine's nose offers up a sumptuous melange of baked black cherry, provencal herbs, fennel seed, and Pégaü's signature animal, leather and woodsmoke. On the palate the wine's sweet attack bears the vintage signature (residual sugar is just over 3g/l in this vintage as I recall), but the fruit flavors are baked rather than stewed, and the wine retains an inner dynamic of freshness despite its warm tones. This is a very rounded, sumptuous and juicy vintage of Pégaü drinking nicely now, and once again proof that the traditionalist producers do better and the warm vintages—just like they do in cold vintages!

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  • Allemand, Jamet, Burgs, Barolo, Yquem, and more: Fruity and fairly ripe, but with enough savoriness to keep it in check and no brett at all, a very good effort for the vintage.

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  • Pegau hit grand slams in 2003 and 2004. Rarely does a winery make 2 such extraordinary wines back to back in such different vintages. Having had both in the past few weeks it is easy to see both the vineyard and vintage in both. You just can't ask for more than that. Full dark ruby. Sweet red fruited nose with incredible garrigue. Intoxicating. Full mouthfeel but restrained. There is big flavor penetration yet wonderful balance. Great juice. (98)

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  • Dark garnet, completely opaque, with slight browning at the edges. Powerful complex aroma of blackberries, cassis, leather, tobacco, coffee, with just a hint of prunes and raisins. Amazingly viscous...the "legs" don't start to come down for 15 seconds. Powerful full body to match, coarse texture but perfectly balanced; cassis, blackberries, touch of anise. Mild-moderate tannin but very soft, doesn't interfere. The flavors continue to build and build, becoming more intense. Aftertaste is extremely long, a bit hot, that same hint of raisins. The wine had not deteriorated six hours later, still going strong. Nearly perfect, I think this is fully mature and should not be held longer.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    January/February 2006, IWC Issue #124, (See more on Vinous...)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    4/8/2011, (See more on 96 points

    (Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée) Medium dark red violet color with pale meniscus; intense, garrigue, dried berry, charcoal nose; rich, tight, dried berry, charcoal, garrigue, beets palate, needs 3-plus years yet; long finish 96+ points
  • By Richard Jennings
    2/23/2011, (See more on 94 points

    (Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée) Slightly bricking dark red violet color; brett, garrigue, dried berry nose; rich, concentrated, dried berry, garrigue, licorice palate; medium-plus finish 94+ points
  • By Richard Jennings
    7/10/2010, (See more on 94 points

    (Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée) Garrigue, lavender, rich berry, plum nose; very tasty, rich, berry, ripe plum, currant, garrigue, black fruit palate; medium-plus finish
  • By Richard Jennings
    3/20/2009, (See more on 93 points

    (Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée) Medium dark garnet red color with pale meniscus; brett, bacon fat, roses, tart black fruit, roasted meat nose; touch of TCA on palate, charcoal, black fruit, sweet roasted meat, sage and bay leaf palate; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.
  • By Richard Jennings
    1/21/2007, (See more on 95 points

    (Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée) Nice plum, raisin and black fruit palate; long finish
  • By Richard Jennings
    4/15/2006, (See more on 94 points

    (Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée) Tight nose; lovely, rich, smoky, tar, ripe cherry palate; long finish

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