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Domaine du Pégaü Red Rhone Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée 2005
95 points Josh Raynolds (International Wine Cellar): Deep ruby. Seductive dark berry and kirsch aromas are complicated by musky garrigue, black olive and dark chocolate. Dense blackberry and bitter cherry flavors stain the palate and develop a licorice character with air. Tightens up on the long, chewy finish, which is dominated by tangy red berry fruit. This hugely concentrated wine deftly combines liveliness and power. (Jan/Feb 2008)
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.
I forgot to rate it.
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.
External Reviews for Domaine du Pégaü Red Rhone Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée
As for the Domaine du Pegau estate wines, the 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuveacute;e Reserveacute;e was tasted from multiple foudres, and appears to be better than the 2005 and 2004. The 2006 exhibits gamy, meaty, new saddle leather, kirsch liqueur, black currant, pepper, lavender, and spice notes. The wine is full-bodied, rich, deep, and long. One foudre, which may become a Cuveacute;e Laurence, appears to be of the same quality as the Cuveacute;e Reserveacute;e, but the Laurence will be bottled much later than the Reserveacute;e, which was about to be bottled at the time of my visit in late August.
The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reservee (of which I was lucky to find a magnum on a Paris bistrorsquo;s wine list a week after my tasting at the estate) is a brilliant effort that ranks alongside the colossal 2003 Cuvee Reservee. A blend of approximately 85% Grenache, 8ndash;9% Syrah, and the rest Mourvedre and other varietals from 50ndash;100+ year old vines aged in foudre, it exhibits a dense plum/purple color along with a big, sweet bouquet of beef blood, grilled herbs, barbecue smoke, lavender, sweet cassis and kirsch and a hint of Asian soy. The wine possesses a fabulous texture, a full-bodied mouthfeel and a seamless integration of tannin, acidity and alcohol. Certainly the alcohol level is pushing 16% in this wine. With extraordinary texture and unctuosity, this remarkable effort should drink well for 20+ years yet be very appealing in its youth given the glycerin, velvety texture, and remarkable complexity.
Beautiful traditional Chacirc;teauneuf, all built around mineral, smoke, leather and plum aromas. Good balance in this medium- to full-bodied red thanks to the clean, fresh fruit. The tannins are ripe but clamp down on the finish mdash; a wine created for a great steak! Drink now through 2020.
One of the finest efforts of the vintage is the 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuveacute;e Reserveacute;e. There is no Cuvee da Capo in 2004, and as my commentary will make clear, they decided not to produce one in 2005. The 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuveacute;e Reserveacute;e has a dark plum/garnet/purple color and a big, sweet nose of kirsch liqueur, lavender, roasted herbs, and beef juices intermixed with some licorice and spice. It is full-bodied, rich, deep, spicy, and dense with some tannins in the finish. The wine is not as accessible as many 2004s, and I would opt for cellaring it for 3ndash;4 years and drinking it over the following 15ndash;20. Itrsquo;s a gorgeous effort for the vintage.
The magical 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuveacute;e Reserveacute;e brings to mind a richer, more alcoholic version of their 1990. The 2003rsquo;s dense plum/purple color is followed by flamboyant aromas and flavors of roasted meats, spicy herbs, pepper, blackberries, and cedar-tinged kirsch-like fruit. Unctuously-textured, with low acidity, high glycerin as well as alcohol (16+% ), and a monster finish, it displays enormous concentration, silky tannin, and no hard edges. This remarkable, traditionally-styled Chateauneuf du Pape will be drinkable young, yet should age effortlessly for two decades or more.
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 readersrsquo; expectations in 10ndash;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 10ndash;12+ years. Laurence calls it a very ldquo;traditionalrdquo; style that she believes will be as good as their 2006.
Luxurious Drinks offers you: Wine - red - 2005 - Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Reservee - France - Region: Rhône - Apellation: Chateauneuf-du-Pape - Grenache blend - 750 ml.
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