2018 Domaine du Pegau 'Cuvée Reservée' Châteauneuf-du-Pape Southern Rhone
Winemaker’s Notes: Dark red with a purple body. Aromas of black ripe fruits like morello cherries and raspberries, juniper berries, black pepper and garrigue. After several years of ageing, the aromas will be characterized by plums, dried stone fruits, leather, fur, and sandalwood. The palate is round, rich and powerful with soft tannins. With time, it will evolve into a more complex and spicy wine.
Try pairing this wine with red grilled meat, lamb shoulder with thyme and dishes of tapas and curry.
Decanter - "Grown on varied lieux-dits around the appellation on a mix of soils, this was fermented in concrete then aged for 24 months in foudre. All whole bunch, which is evidenced by the pleasantly stemmy aromatics. Very full-bodied and concentrated, savoury despite the oak, with bay leaf and thyme. Very tannic, quite hard on the palate in fact. It's well balanced despite the alcohol, thanks to its concentration and intensity. It's an outlying style due to its darkness, hardness and brooding character. It will be fantastic in time however. But wait."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - "The 2018 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Réservée is full-bodied but quite approachable and easy to drink, loaded with black cherries and plummy fruit and tinged with licorice. A blend of 80% Grenache, 6% Syrah, 4% Mourvèdre and 10% other permitted varieties, it finishes long and silky. Barrel Sample: 92-95"
Wine & Spirits - "Laurence Féraud blends this from parcels spread throughout Châteauneuf, encompassing myriad terroirs and grape varieties. Fermented with ambient yeasts in whole bunches without temperature control, the 2018 is a wild ride right now: It’s alternately sweet, soft and charming, balancing its dark-cherry fruit with an herbal-floral complexity; it’s also seriously tannic, with a brooding earthiness. It takes several days to even out, suggesting that this is best left several years in the cellar before cracking open for osso buco"
Jeb Dunnuck - "The 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée Réservée is a total charmer and already impossible to resist. Lots of red and black fruits, ground pepper, saddle leather, and spicy, floral notes define the nose, and it’s medium to full-bodied, with a lush, round mouthfeel, beautiful elegance, and outstanding length. It doesn’t have the concentration or depth of a truly great Pégau, but it’s one heck of a great drink today. Enjoy bottles over the coming 10-15 years or so.”
|Winery||Domaine du Pegau|
|Grape Varietals||Red Rhone Blend|