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Chateauneuf Pape Cuvee Reserve Pegau Rhone Grenache Sra 2008

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93 Wine Spectator

3.7249431818182 5 0.5
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Domaine du Pegau:
The story behind the Domaine de Pegau begins in the late 17th century with our ancestors farming a few small fields of vines bordered with olive and cherry trees. The revenue from the cherries sold in the local provençal markets covered the costs of working the vineyards. The olives and their golden oil were for family consumption, whilst the grapes went into producing the already famous red wi... Read more
The story behind the Domaine de Pegau begins in the late 17th century with our ancestors farming a few small fields of vines bordered with olive and cherry trees. The revenue from the cherries sold in the local provençal markets covered the costs of working the vineyards. The olives and their golden oil were for family consumption, whilst the grapes went into producing the already famous red wine of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The grape picking was family work which took place in an ambience of light-heartedness and fun but with a respect for quality and even then a vigerous selection of the best grapes. At the end of the row the horse waited patiently for the moment when he felt the wooden paniers gorged with grapes weighing down his cart. Once at the winery the grapes were liahtlv Dressed to break the skins - foulé, (the word means literally press by stepping on), the whole bunches were put in trie vats and then the wine-making took place over a period of 15 days. Times have changed, but this traditional style of wine-making is continued today at the Domaine de Pegau. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Chateauneuf Pape Cuvee Reserve Pegau Rhone Grenache Sra

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065229,335
3.50 5
Vintage: 2000 10/24/2008

Immediately a lovely meaty nose with bramble and baking spice notes greets the nose. Fairly complex with emerging notes of candy licorice, chalky earth, lavender, mint, and the tell-tale strawberry fruit of Grenache. Medium full in the mouth with a touch of obvious alcohol, roast herby and dry on the midpalate with good acidity and soft tannins but a faded core or gently roast fruit, though the glycerin adds some smoothness. More obvious on the finish with a kirchy element and solid length evolving into a bit of licorice tinged raspberry liquor/cherry candy.. The nose promises more than the palate delivers and this would be better with the proper food but is still a solid bottle of Pegau. 89pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065229,335
0.00 5
Vintage: 1998 05/04/2012

Classic nose, brett, garrigue, confiture of red currant and cherry, smoke, this finally shows some classic cndp body. There’s nice cut on the palate and a solid core of fruit, with good persistence on the palate. Lovely bitter cherry notes on the finish, then some added complexity with spices and herbs. Fully resolved and ready to go with a certain black gloss to the fruit. A bit chunky. And it turns dry with air. 88pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065229,335
4.00 5
Vintage: 1990 09/22/2008

This started out with some dirty barrel funk that caused quite some discussion before it blew off. Started right out the gate with that dirty nose complimented by lots of roasted and dried fruits with a floral almost spicy herbal note The floral aspect of the nose built and when the funk blew off there was great intensity of raspberry fruit with gentle blond tobacco nuances. In the mouth this was young at first blush, even though it was double decanted 2 hours before service, offering an initial impression that was a bit tough and lean. The palate fills in and offers glimpses of raspberry confiture that remain just a touch muddy but turns admirably more complex with an autumnal tone, some black spice/minerality up front and a moderately long finish. This is drinking well today with decanting but will benefit from another 2-5 years in the cellar.


Member Reviews for Chateauneuf Pape Cuvee Reserve Pegau Rhone Grenache Sra

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Snooth User: dynowine
3956231,323
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 09/15/2010

Bottle open about an hour, and double-decanted. I think this needed more air time or better, more bottle age - wine is balanced but not quite fully integrated and a bit tannic/acidic (but not off-putting). Nose of dark fruit with tart notes, sharper garrigue, hint of milk chocolate, and rustic floral perfume. In the mouth somewhat smokey, sour, red, ripe neither sweet nor sour fruit (cherry, blackberry, perhaps plum) with drying tannin at the front of the tongue and mouth. Finishes with a bit of heat and fading fruit. Dry. Body medium, acid medium plus, tannin medium plus.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 10/01/2010

Highly vegetal nose. Dense plummy purple color. Has a roasted character to the nose, like Cote Rotie along with licorice, lavender, roasted herb and meat juice. Intense, rich and full bodied. -Tasted at Marché Bacchus 9/11/10


Snooth User: Egnazia
13635355
3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 02/14/2009

to drink not earlier than II half 2009


Snooth User: rwor
42665617
0.00 5
Vintage: 2005 12/31/2010

I served 6 bottles of this over Christmas 2010. It was drinking very well. My friends loved it. I just wish I could find more. The barnyard was not overpowering. Beautifully balanced and elegant wine.


Snooth User: rwor
42665617
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 12/31/2010

I forgot to rate it.


Snooth User: Bagger
3002419
4.50 5
Vintage: 2005 12/05/2009

Big nose with blackberries, truffles, lavender and some barneyard. Very juicy, rich taste, ripe dark berries and prunes along with liqourice. Some mouthdrying tannins in the finish tells me this wine is to young.


Snooth User: jedicid
3628468
4.00 5
Vintage: 2002 01/25/2010

Smooth, not dry, even my wife liked it; even though she really doesn't drink wine.


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External Reviews for Chateauneuf Pape Cuvee Reserve Pegau Rhone Grenache Sra

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2012 06/20/2014

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. Stephen Tanzers IWC.


External Review
Vintage: 2012 01/13/2015

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2012 01/13/2015

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2012 01/13/2015

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2012 09/24/2015

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.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2011 06/20/2014

A solid 2011 that should surpass what the estate did in 2008 (which is no small thing) the 2011 Domaine du P


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2011 03/21/2014

A solid 2011 that should surpass what the estate did in 2008 (which is no small thing) the 2011 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée tasted from multiple barrels is a perfumed spice filled offering that oozes sweet red fruits pepper garrigue and licorice aromas and flavors. It is softly fruited and supple on the palate yet has excellent mid-palate concentration sound tannic structure and outstanding length. It should be approachable on release yet given the track record here also age gracefully. Rhone Report The.


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