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2003 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

Red Rhone Blend

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

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Community Tasting Note

  • Christoffer78 Likes this wine: 98 points

    June 27, 2014 - Magic in a bottle and an utterly compelling Pégaü. This 2003 Cuvée Réservée displays an array of the classical Grenache fruit with kirsch, raspberry, blackberry and sun warm strawberries. The nose is clean (quite impressing for this producer) and there is a secondary layer of cinnamon, the classical Asian spice box and tea leaves. The palate is stunning with perfect integration and subtle signs of maturity. Acidity is there as are the velvety tannins and a length on the finish which lasts for more than a minute. This is a profound wine and I wish all wines from this producer and appellation could show the same complexity, elegance and power. Yet, if all wines were this good we would get totally spoilt! (score is 98+)

    Please note that the above tasting note is for the first bottling of this wine. According to my understanding, the second and third bottlings are not as good.

    (Tasted in a flight with 2003 Domaine de la Mordorée Cuvée de la Reine des Bois, 2003 Domaine du Pégaü Cuvée Réservée, 2004 Malleolus Valderamiro and 2007 Château de Beaucastel Hommage à Jacques Perrin.)

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6 Comments

  • JulianSkeels commented:

    6/28/14, 6:30 AM - Is there any way to tell which bottling it is? I've got a few cases of this (both regular and mags) but none have been as good as your note suggests

  • Christoffer78 commented:

    6/28/14, 7:16 AM - As far as I understand the only way of knowing is if you bought the bottles when released from the domaine. Otherwise your importer might know. The best way to find out is through an ex post evaluation, i.e. drink and then decide. The 2nd and 3d bottlings are not bad, but they usually seem to score around 92-94 and never reach up to the very high scores. If you want to know more details, I suggest contacting Peter Suneson through ebob BB. He might be able to provide some further insight.

  • Crunge commented:

    6/28/14, 8:30 AM - Thanks for the information about the different bottlings. I was unaware of this. I wonder if that accounts for some of the variation many people see in this wine (including me.) I've had some of these that were just amazing and some that were good but not great.

    I do know that some bottles have maroon foil and some have red foil. I was told this was due to different importers but I wonder if it had to do with the bottling.

  • Christoffer78 commented:

    6/28/14, 8:50 AM - That could very well be the case, but I am not certain. I have only had my own bottles of this wine and bottles which are still in the cellar of the former Swedish importer of Pégaü. So I am 100 % certain I have only tasted the first bottling from my first tasting of this wine some 10 years ago up until now. It was actually this wine that got me totally hooked on CndP.

  • Crunge commented:

    6/28/14, 7:13 PM - That's funny... this was the first CdP I'd ever had and I was blown away. I've been drinking CdP since.

    Have you ever tried a Domaine LePlan-Vermeersch Châteauneuf-du-Pape GT-1? I bought six bottles of the 2010. It's 100% Grenache and kind of the opposite of Pegau in the sense that it's a very modern style. Still, it's an amazing wine. It's kind of like when I'm listening to music: sometimes I want to hear Pink Floyd, sometimes Mahler.

  • Christoffer78 commented:

    6/29/14, 5:10 AM - Hi again,

    No, I have not tasted the wine you mention - but I will try to find it to get a feeling of it. The wines from Southern Rhône are among the top wines of the world. The complexity they can show is just amazing. But you need to know which producers and vintages to look out for.

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