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Domaine du Pégaü Red Rhone Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée 1997

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One of the best drinking vintages at the moment (2005). The colour is a deep garnet red and the nose reveals complex notes of fruit, spice and tobacco. The wine just hints at the animal side of the older Chateauneuf du Papes, but in its balance and finesse and above all its freshness, its characteristics seem almost Burgundian.

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

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One of the best drinking vintages at the moment (2005). The colour is a deep garnet red and the nose reveals complex notes of fruit, spice and tobacco. The wine just hints at the animal side of the older Chateauneuf du Papes, but in its balance and finesse and above all its freshness, its characteristics seem almost Burgundian.

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