External Reviews for Chateauneuf Pape Cuvee Reserve Pegau Rhone Grenache Sra
Ruby-red. Spicy red fruits on the nose, complicated by tapenade, lavender and espresso. Very fresh and sweet, with energetic red and dark fruit flavors, suggestions of garrigue and supple tannins. Finishes deep and sappy, with a lingering cherry pit note clinging tenaciously.
The 2008 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reservee was about to be bottled at the time of my visit, and it will certainly be one of the better wines of the vintage. By the standards of Pegau, it is not a massive wine nor will it be terribly long-lived. However, this estate has an incredible track record in off years, so I would not be surprised to see this wine exceeding readersandrsquo; expectations in 10andndash;12 years. Tasting through the three remaining lots that will be blended together, I rated them between 89 and 92. That makes it one of the better wines of the vintage. Medium to full-bodied, chewy and very evolved, the wine exhibits lots of earth, lavender and foresty/mossy notes intermixed with kirsch, peppery black currants and Christmas fruitcake spices. It should drink nicely for 10andndash;12+ years. Laurence calls it a very andldquo;traditionalandrdquo; style that she believes will be as good as their 2006.
A dark, lightly chewy style, with roasted mesquite and dark licorice notes leading the way for a powerful core of black Mission fig, blackberry preserve, Turkish coffee and bittersweet cocoa notes. Thereandrsquo;s a flash of truffle on the finish. Drink now through 2022.
Red wine - 2008 - Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Reservee - France - Region: Rh
Deep ruby at the core with a dark, rust-colored rim. The nose indicates this is a very traditionally styled wine, with its notes of leather, cigar tobacco, provencal herbs and cinnamon. On the palate, the wine is silky and very long with a core of s... John Sweeney. A Proprietary Blend wine from Rhone in France. 2008 Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reservee 750ml
A candidate for "wine of the vintage" is the 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvée Reservée. Pegau did not produce a Cuvée da Capo in 2004, and the Cuvée Reservée has undoubtedly benefited from the inclusion of that stunning lot of wine. A late harvest lasted through the first week of October. Yields were 32 hectoliters per hectare, resulting in an opaque purple-colored effort revealing classic Provencal characteristics of melted licorice, roasted herbes de Provence, sweet blackberry and cherry fruit, and hints of gamy/animal notes and smoke. Meaty, full-bodied, stunningly concentrated and pure, and in need of 4-5 years of cellaring, it promises to be one of the longest-lived wines of the vintage, lasting for a minimum of two decades.
Syrah component, tasted from a barrique: Impressive saturated medium ruby. Ripe, gamey and deep on the nose. Penetrating acidity contributes to an impression of power. From foudre (grenache with a bit of syrah): Full medium ruby. Liqueur-like aromas of red fruits, spices and herbs. At once powerful and creamy in the mouth; really stuffed with ripe fruit. Silky and deep, with sound acidity and big, spreading tannins. The Ferauds worked a trade with a neighboring estate, and will be able to include 20% syrah in the ultimate blend.
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