2012 Domaine du Pégaü "Cuvée Réservée" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Previously $80)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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. (JD)
Opaque ruby. Heady aromas of black and blue fruits, potpourri and Indian spices, with a smoky element emerging with air. Taut and sharply focused on entry, then fleshier and broader in the mid-palate, offering vibrant boysenberry and black raspberry flavors with hints of candied violet, smoked meat and licorice. Finishes spicy and long, with repeating florality and slow-building tannins. (JR)
A dark, alluring style, with tobacco, chestnut and alder notes surrounding a core of blackberry, plum and cherry fruit. Lots of garrigue details line the finish. (JM)
Pegau is one of the great historic producers in Chateauneuf-du-Papen with winemaking dating back the early 1700s. The Domaine itself was not created until 1987 when Laurence and her father Paul took the reins of the family property and began producing what has become one of the benchmark wines of the region. The "Cuvee Reservee" is 80% Grenache with small amounts of Syrah and Mourvedre making up another 10%, and the remaining 13 permitted grapes rounding out the last 10% of the blend. Garnering great critical success over the years, the wine is always a welcome addition to the cellars of enthusiasts and collectors alike.