Chateau Pegau: Cotes du Rhone Villages
A new addition for the Feraud family since 2012, this 60 ha property is located just 6 kms south of the town of Chateauneuf-du-Pape to the west of the town of Sorgues. There are 41 ha of well established vines planted on land quite similar to that found in Chateauneuf-du-Pape with most of the vineyards being classified as Cotes du Rhone Villages (these are just 1-2 kms from the southern most border of Chateauneuf-du-Pape) and a smaller area as Cotes du Rhone as well as some vineyards without classification. As is found in Chateauneuf-du-Pape the predominant variety here is Grenache with smaller plantings of Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault and numerous other Rhone varieties. The vineyards are farmed in exactly the same way as for their Chateauneuf with strict pruning, green harvest to reduce yields and hand picking at harvest time and strict selection.
For winemaking the grapes are sorted carefully and pressed and soaked for 10 days with no added yeast and no de-stemming and no temperature control. The ageing for Chateau Pegau wines is done all in tank with no oak used. The aim being to preserve the freshness and perfume. There are just 5 wines made at this estate, most being Cotes du Rhone Villages rouge with smaller quantities of Cotes du Rhone rouge and blanc and rose. For our first shipment we have shipped just the Cotes du Rhone Villages and Cotes du Rhone red. Both wines are outstanding additions to the Pegau family of wines showing the generosity of southern Rhone Grenache blends.
2012 Cotes du Rhone Rouge
Planted on less stony soil with a sand and loam base.
“Looking at the reds and a tank-aged blend of 60% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault, the 2012 Chateau Pegau Cotes du Rhone Cuvee Maclura (which is a type of Osage orange tree that’s widely planted on the estate) is a big, structured effort that exudes black fruits, mineral, pepper and underbrush. Still not in bottle, it is inky colored, with a big mid-palate, ripe tannin and serious richness. Drink 2015-2022″. (89-91) The Wine Advocate # 209 Oct 2013 R. Parker
2012 Cotes du Rhone Villages Rouge
Land similar to Chateauneuf with large stones over clay and sand.
“The 2012 Chateau Pegau Cotes du Rhone Village Cuvee Setier (60% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 20% Mourvedre, aged all in enamel tanks) is slightly more fresh and focused, with medium-bodied richness, loads of cracked pepper, black fruits and herbs aromas and flavors, and chewy tannin on the finish. It too has outstanding potential and should have upward of a decade of longevity. Drink 2015-2022″. (88-90) The Wine Advocate # 209 Oct 2013 R. Parker