Opened by Scotty at Simo. Second time I've had this wine in the last two years, and this was much worse than the prior bottle. Still a good wine, but not enough cherry, game and pepper I discerned in the previous bottle, and too much stewed tomatoes for my tastes.
Courtesy of Scott McDonald. Notes of red currant, dusty red fruit, garrigue, leather and earth. Fully-integrated and balanced, with red fruit, herbs, lavender, earth and white pepper. Long finish. This is drinking at peak in my opinion. Thank you, Scott!
This wine is like an old pair of jeans. Comfortable, reassuring and relaxed. Just a beautiful wine showing all the classic elements of CdP. The fruit has matured and this wine is in it's glory days (though it really never shut down since its release). The Pegau funk is there yet not nearly as funky as other vintages (again something I enjoy rather than criticize). Structurally, this wine retains acidity with resolved tannins and a velvety mouth feel. Served blind, guesses were Italian and Rhone. In a flight with 00 Janasse Chaupin. Paired with wild boar shoulder, hoisin, mushroom foam.
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(Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée) Bright red violet color; ripe cherry and sweet beef jus nose; tasty, young, tight, concentrated tart red fruit and garrigue, with a borscht note; medium-plus finish