2003 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

Red Rhone Blend

  • France
  • Rhône
  • Southern Rhône
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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  • Eric wrote: 98 points

    July 4, 2013 - Mmmm, deep, bloody, plummy, spicy. Classic Pegau. Wild, gamey, screaming with white pepper, starting to open up and get ready to play. This is definitely a 2003 but a raging success for sure. All of the vintage challenges (lots of alcohol, very roasted and sweet) and yet all of the successes (deep, tannic, insanely spicy and pleasurable). This is Châteauneuf-du-Pape on steroids, but this one works oh so well.



  • PlanoWino commented:

    7/4/13, 9:44 PM - Wow! I wish the bottle I had on Wednesday tasted like this. Mine was over the top, bright, lots of alcohol for sure, hard to identify the fruit, but white pepper overwhelmed everything else. Many other Rhones a lot better than this one. One more bottle to go and not looking forward to it. Hope this one was an enigma. Hot year showing it was a hot year all the way.

  • Eric commented:

    7/4/13, 9:51 PM - Sorry yours was no joy. I've been through more than a case of this, and some have been crazily reticent (as you describe). However for me these have gotten a lot more friendly over the past two years.

  • PlanoWino commented:

    7/5/13, 6:54 AM - Then there might be hope for my remaining bottles. I was so disappointed when I took my first drink and it didn't get better. I have owned these bottles since 2006 so I know where they lived. My initial concern was "What about all my '03s? Are they headed over the cliff? Hopefully just a bad bottle. It happens. The cork was a little loose and completely soaked.

  • Crunge commented:

    7/5/13, 4:07 PM - Planowino, I just posted a review as well. This was my fifth bottle of this wine. The first was amazing (about a year ago now.) The second was good, but not great. The third was corked, the fourth just wasn't very good, and the fifth was stunning. People are seeing a lot of variation in this one, so don't be too afraid to try again. When you get a good one, it's something special.

  • PlanoWino commented:

    7/5/13, 4:21 PM - Thanks Crunge. Pegau does have a reputation for unevenness. I guess I got one at the wrong end of uneven. Neither my wife nor I enjoyed it but I couldn't bring myself to pour it out. Certainly not corked. Just not enjoyable.

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