Pegau Domaine du Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee da Capo 2007
Tasted last weekend over several hours. Hot, tannic and awkward. Very forward super-ripe Grenache in the front but little else except for alcohol (16%!) and drying tannins. I don't know if time will help this come around, but we were all disappointed. The '98 Beaucasatel and '98 Cailloux Cuvee Centennaire were much more pleasurable then the Capo.
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2010 Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee da Capo - France - Region: Rhône - Apellation: Chateauneuf du Pape - Grape - Grenache - 750 ml.
2010 Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee da Capo - France - Region: Rhône - Apellation: Chateauneuf du Pape - Grape - Grenache - Magnum
2010 Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee da Capo - France - Region: Rhône - Apellation: Chateauneuf du Pape - Grape - Grenache - Double Magnum
No Cuvee da Capo was made in 2009, but the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee da Capo is composed of 80–85% Grenache and the rest a field blend of the other permitted varietals (Syrah, Mourvedre, Muscardin, Terret Noir, Counoise, Vaccarese, etc.). It is fashionable to compare the newest Capo with a previous vintage, and for me, the 2010 resembles 2007 more than their 2003, 2000 or 1998. The stunningly rich 2010 has close to 16% natural alcohol, and will be bottled after spending 18 months in old wood foudres. Notions of ripe figs, kirsch liqueur, cedar, Christmas fruitcake, smoked meats, charcuterie and beef blood are present in this staggeringly complex, rich, full-throttle, massive, intense wine. Drink it over the next 20–30 years.
Inky purple. Heady, explosive aromas of black raspberry and blueberry preserves, garrigue and incense, with smoky mineral and anise accents. Lush and palate-coating, offering deeply concentrated black and blue fruit flavors that are enlivened by juicy acidity. Ridiculously rich but animated wine, with excellent finishing thrust and lingering spiciness. This wine had still not been bottled when I tasted it in mid-November.
Comprised of roughly 85% Grenache and the rest Syrah and other permitted varieties, aged all in foudre, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee da Capo is sheer perfection in a glass. Wine doesn’t get any better. Incredibly rich and concentrated, yet ethereal and even graceful, it boasts off-the-hook aromas of blackberry, licorice, spice-box, smoked meats and underbrush that continue to change and develop in the glass. Massive and decadent on the palate, yet again, with no weight and a seamless texture, this brilliant effort needs a handful of years in the cellar and will live to see its 30th birthday in fine form. Drink 2016–2040.
2010 Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee da Capo - France - Region: Rhône - Apellation: Chateauneuf du Pape - Grape - Grenache - Magnum 99 Robert Parker
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