Red

2003 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

Red Rhone Blend

  • France
  • Rhône
  • Southern Rhône
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape
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  • La Cave d'Argent Likes this wine: 98 points

    March 24, 2020 - From a bottle purchased upon release and ideally cellared, this Châteauneuf continues to impress. Dark bramble fruits, Provençal herbs, licorice, dried earth and smoked meat adorn the nose and palate. Full-bodied, heavily extracted and with substantial fine-grained tannins, it is amazingly restrained in the alcohol department despite the heat and ripeness of the vintage. The wine retains enough acid to maintain freshness on the middle palate, which is deep and complex. Finishing with impressive length, this is a legendary Pégau that defies its age. Well-cellared bottles should provide immense pleasure throughout the decade. Drink now-2030.

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  • Nanda wrote: 91 points

    March 13, 2020 - Covid-19 Intro/Retro (Chez Hughes): Blind. Sweet and candied black cherry nose. The palate has sweet, polished cherry fruit with a kick of leather and herb in the moderately long finish. Guessing a classic CdP all the way. Surprised to see '03 - shows well for the vintage. My #3, Group #3.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • jordanj Likes this wine: 94 points

    February 20, 2020 - Hedonistic, Savory and cerebral nose. You could not ask for more from a moderately aged French wine. Nose of sautéed ground beef, mushrooms, a wave of floral scents (more fresh than dried), a hint of something on the end that I just can't place, almost like burnt rubber (in a good way) and just a hint of dirty diaper to seal the deal before tracing off with a whiff of dried tobacco leaves. The palate starts out smooth with a little bit of plushness but that dies quickly on the palate as it turns thin. Same as the finish- short tobacooy peppery . It is that fact that keeps this excellent bottle from being great. While I think some more tertiary charectoristics can develop, it just doesn't have the fruit to improve the overall experience. Therefore, Drink NOW!!

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • pgm wrote: 96 points

    January 31, 2020 - A nose of dust, berries, herbs, anise spices and leather, followed up with a mouthful of ripe raspberry and cherry fruit, dense savory peppery garrigue complexity. The finish is still fiercely tannic, but brightened by its acidity and the ripe and sweet fruit.

    I loved this young, but I was prepared for this to be peaking and maybe even old. Nope. Those tannins could easily go another ten years before being fully resolved, and the ripe fruit and balancing acidity could make this near ageless.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Renevin Likes this wine: 94 points

    January 7, 2020 - Très beau vin, qui se découvre de plus en plus au fil du temps. Nez boisé, fruit noir. Beaucoup de finesse et d intensitè En bouche, belle ampleur, tout est bien équilibré et une finale sur de beaux tanins.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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  • By Richard Jennings
    4/8/2011 (link) 96 points

    (Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée) Medium dark red violet color with pale meniscus; intense, garrigue, dried berry, charcoal nose; rich, tight, dried berry, charcoal, garrigue, beets palate, needs 3-plus years yet; long finish 96+ points

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    2/23/2011 (link) 94 points

    (Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée) Slightly bricking dark red violet color; brett, garrigue, dried berry nose; rich, concentrated, dried berry, garrigue, licorice palate; medium-plus finish 94+ points

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    (Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée) Garrigue, lavender, rich berry, plum nose; very tasty, rich, berry, ripe plum, currant, garrigue, black fruit palate; medium-plus finish

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    3/20/2009 (link) 93 points

    (Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée) Medium dark garnet red color with pale meniscus; brett, bacon fat, roses, tart black fruit, roasted meat nose; touch of TCA on palate, charcoal, black fruit, sweet roasted meat, sage and bay leaf palate; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.

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    1/21/2007 (link) 95 points

    (Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée) Nice plum, raisin and black fruit palate; long finish

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    4/15/2006 (link) 94 points

    (Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée) Tight nose; lovely, rich, smoky, tar, ripe cherry palate; long finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2003
  • Type Red
  • Producer Domaine du Pégau
  • Varietal Red Rhone Blend
  • Designation Cuvée Réservée
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Rhône
  • SubRegion Southern Rhône
  • Appellation Châteauneuf-du-Pape
  • UPC Codes 089610901112, 091882451486, 097871001571, 3576480001235, 873922007439, 944944697332

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 316 (2%)
  • In Cellars 9,061 (60%)
  • Consumed 5,850 (38%)

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Paella, Salmon & Skillet Beans, steak @ Dixie

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