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!
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(Domaine de Pegau Châteauneauf-du-Pape, Rhône) Aromas of dark fruits—plum, black cherry, fig—and hints of earthiness. This bold wine bridges the gap between the older, classic styles of the region and the more modern, “cleaned-up” versions. It’s intensely flavored and full-bodied, with layers of complexity and the structure to age beautifully for many years to come. Hot Picks
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