Domaine du Pegau Southern Rhône, France.
Regarded as the leading domaine for traditionally styled, age-worthy Châteauneuf-du-Pape in this large and prestigious appellation. Now run by Laurence Feraud who also makes the wines, Pegau’s vineyards consist of 11 parcels totaling 19 hectares among Châteauneuf’s best ‘terroirs’ including in ‘La Crau’.
For winemaking the grapes are lightly crushed and tipped into the vats (no de-stemming). The maceration and initial alcoholic fermentation last 15 days before the juice is run off and the must is pressed. The wine is then aged for a minimum of 18 months in old oak ‘foudres’ (large oval barrels), which are assembled together before bottling (without filtration) to obtain the uniform quality of the largest Cuvee called ‘Cuvée Réservée’.
In 1998 a special cuvee was created called ‘Cuvee du Capo’. Released only in the best vintages, mostly from a vineyard in the eastern sector of Châteauneuf at ‘La Crau’. Even though all thirteen authorized varietals are included in the blend, it is essentially 95% Grenache from very old vines producing around 6,000 bottles. The ‘Cuvée Laurence’ is produced in very good years when da Capo is not. Aged up to 36 months in a mixture of large foudres and small oak barrels (none new) this deeply rich cuvee cellars wonderfully and is a reminder of how great Chateauneuf was produced using extended elevage in the not-so-distant past.
2013 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reservee
“Potent aromas of ripe dark berries, licorice pastille, woodsmoke, game and garrigue, plus a peppery nuance that adds spiciness and lift. Round and fleshy on the palate, offering intense blackberry and bitter cherry flavors that become livelier and sweeter with air. The very long, energetic, sharply focused finish features fine-grained tannins and subtle, lingering notes of dark berries and smoked meat. 93” Vinous Media Apr 2016
2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reservee
“One of my favorite wines, the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvee Réservée is a classic. Beautiful on the nose, with notions of ground pepper, wild herbs, minerality and smoked plum and dark fruit, it’s medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated and has plenty of tannin that comes through on the finish. Similar in style to a lighter-weight 2010, drink this beauty anytime over the coming 12-15 years.” 94 pts The Wine Advocate October 2014
2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reservee
“Beautiful in the vintage, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape is a forward, perfumed example of the cuvee that has classic Pegau black fruits, tobacco leaf, pepper and leathery notes as well as medium to full-bodied richness and depth on the palate. Early-drinking by this estate’s standards, there’s nevertheless good mid-palate density and fine tan-nin. It should have 15 years or so of overall longevity. Drink now-2026. 2011 is strong here as well, and should be consumed while you wait on the 2010s to come around.” 93 points The Wine Advocate #209 October 2013 R.Parker
2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reservee ‐ SOLD OUT – Magnums and Methuselahs(6 litre) still available
2009 Châteauneuf-du-Pape ‘Cuvée Laurence’
“Easily the best example of this cuvee since the 2001, the 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Laurence is incredible stuff. Deep, rich and layered, with copious notions of smoked meats, licorice, ground pepper, spice and saddle leather, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, terrific fruit intensity and a rich, mouth-coating texture. Hard to resist now, it should nevertheless have two decades of longevity.” 98 pts The Wine Advocate, October 2013
2008 Châteauneuf-du-Pape ‘Cuvée Laurence’
“Just hitting the market, the 2008 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Laurence is one of the candidates for the wine of the vintage. Copious aromas of charcuterie, smoked duck, Chinese hoisin sauce, kirsch, black currants and black tea jump from the glass of this dense, full-bodied, rich, concentrated, impressive wine. It should be close to full maturity when it is released given the quick evolution of the 2008s, and will last for 10-12 years.” 94 pts The Wine Advocate, October 2011
2005 Châteauneuf-du-Pape ‘Cuvée Laurence’
“The 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Laurence appears to be the finest example of this wine since the 1998. Wonderfully rich, concentrated notes of roasted Provencal herbs, jammy black cherries, new saddle leather, and loamy soil are present in this stunningly rich, full-bodied wine. With excellent concentration, moderate tannin, and fabulous length as well as intensity, it should be released in 2009-2010, and will keep for 20-25 years.” 95-97 points The Wine Advocate # 179 October 2008 R. Parker