This is really delightful tonight with rich red fruit, abit of bret, some leather, abundant greenish garrigue and a fairly long finish. This is one of my favorite classically styled CDPs that, to my tastes, was drinking really well tonight after about an hour of double decanting.
Quite bretty with barnyardy, funky, animale/worn leather notes, along with soft macerated stewed dark fruits; medium soft and lightly chewy, lower acid at this point, easy going, structure seems to have faded a bit, but grew on me with the Korean ribs and a hot summer night outside.
During a merchant tasting. Medium purple. Expressive nose, so typical of Pegau with a clear animalic/bretty touch, grape stalks, dark fruit and some meat. For me this vintage has just a little bit too much funk (I clearly prefer the outstanding 2010). On the palate medium bodied with good aromatic complexity. Could be cleaner on the fruit though.
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After trying this wine for the 3rd time in bottle, I'm convinced it is as good as some of the storied vintages from Pegau over the last few decades - it has a suave quality that sets it apart from rougher vintages like 2005 or 2001 (both exceptional vintages, just different). The 2006 is a cerebral and very serious example that is not only compelling but a direct testament to the traditional winemaking of the region. As far as CdP is concerned, it doesn't get much better for the style (I believe the Reservee contains the Cuvee da Capo component in 2006 - there is no separate bottling, although Feraud could always change his mind):
I know everyone is chasing the 2007, but that would be like ignoring the 1995 Leoville Las Cases because you want the 1996 - both have their moments ad the 2006 is far less expensive.
ONE SHIPMENT ONLY at this price directly from Avignon.
2006 Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reservee (rouge)
Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA
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