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Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reservee Pegau 2012
One of my favorite wines, the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvee Réservée is a classic. Beautiful on the nose, with notions of ground pepper, wild herbs, minerality and smoked plum and dark fruit, it’s medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated and has plenty of tannin that comes through on the finish. Similar in style to a lighter-weight 2010, drink this beauty anytime over the coming 12-15 years...94" WA 10/14 "Without a doubt, Domaine du Pegau is one of the top reference point estates for traditionally made Châteauneuf du Pape. Run with incredible talent by Laurence Feraud, with her father Paul never far away, this estate has produced a superb 2012, one that has some similarities to their brilliant 2010, albeit on a slightly softer scale. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to taste their 2013, but will report on that cuvee next year. As I reported last year, they’ve purchased a large estate, located just outside the village of Sorgues, that consists of 100+ acres of Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône Villages. These new cuvees are released under the Chateau Pegau label. In addition to this, Laurence also has two negociant lines, the Selection Laurence Feraud and the Feraud-Brunel, both of which offer serious value.
External Reviews for Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reservee Pegau
Bright purple. Smoky, spice-accented aromas of blackberry and cherry-cola, with sexy floral and mineral overtones. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering an array of red and dark berry preserve flavors complicated by hints of Indian spices and black pepper. Rich and energetic, with strong finishing thrust, slow-building tannins and a late kick of smoky minerality. I was looking for some funky gaminess here but didn’t find any.
One of my favorite wines, the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvee Réservée is a classic. Beautiful on the nose, with notions of ground pepper, wild herbs, minerality and smoked plum and dark fruit, it’s medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated and has plenty of tannin that comes through on the finish. Similar in style to a lighter-weight 2010, drink this beauty anytime over the coming 12–15 years.
As to the 2012s, while there will be no Cuvee da Capo in the vintage, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reservee is a beauty. Tasted out of multiple barrels (all of which rated between 94 and 97), it should be a classic Pegau with aromatics similar to the 2010, yet not quite as much depth or richness. Full-bodied and nicely concentrated, all of the samples showed the freshness of the vintage, with ample mid-palate depth, high quality tannin and loads of character. It should benefit from short-term cellaring and have 15–20 years of longevity. Drink 2016–2032.
A dark, alluring style, with tobacco, chestnut and alder notes surrounding a core of blackberry, plum and cherry fruit. Lots of garrigue details line the finish, showing a warm paving stone hint. Should settle in nicely in the cellar. Best from 2016 through 2023. 6,670 cases made.