2012 Domaine du Pégaü "Cuvée Réservée" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Previously $80)

SKU #1203633 94 points 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)  (10/2014)

93 points Vinous

 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)  (4/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator

 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)  (6/2015)

K&L Notes

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.

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Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/17/2016 | Send Email
This is the real deal. So many CDP these days are so polished and juicy, it's easy to forget that there's a tradition of rustic winemaking in the region. Indeed, Pegau is widely regarded as ultra old school and it's always one of my favorite offerings. The richness and depth are balanced by complex leathery earthiness. Drying Tobacco, deep dark berries, and exotic spice; the appeal is endless. Structured yet already showing wonderful openness, the tannins will give it life long into the next decade. It's not full on barnyard, but a wonderfully integrated element of brett. This is some real-ass wine. Wine that makes you really stop for a second and wonder what you're wasting your time worrying about life or worrying about anything for that matter. Don't worry, drink Pegau — that's what I always say.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/17/2016 | Send Email
This consistent property is one of my favorites from the region and seems to always over-deliver. Classic aromas and flavors of earth, seaweed, ripe cherries and licorice are strong and pure in this richly textured wine. The long, sweet finish hints at black raspberries and Indian spices that mingle with the ripe, rounded and tongue-coating tannins. Although delicious now, this property seems to out-cellar almost any Chateauneuf-du-Pape that sells for less than $100.

Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/16/2016 | Send Email
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Turn off the damn telly, find a comfortable armchair, nestle down with an irresistible page-turner, and pour yourself a glass of this captivating Chateauneuf while you pour yourself into the mystery. Time will stand still between sips of this storied red wine and slips of artfully-conceived dialogue, as you yield to the emergent aromas of blackberry, plum, violets and garrigue, devouring mid-chapters of warm spice, smoke and licorice evocative of the wild, stony terroir from which these beautiful grapes were born. This sensual, rollicking Rhone builds glass by glass to a bold climax, and by the end you will have finished the bottle, if not the book, and ask yourself perplexedly "who dunnit?'

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/15/2016 | Send Email
Being a bit of a classicist, Pegau has always held sway over my Chateauneuf drinking experiences. It has become one of my comfort wines. That probably has as much to do with the wine's quality as it does my history with it. The purity of expression cannot be denied. Consistently year after year they make noteworthy and cellar-worthy wine. But my history with the wine is one of great nostalgia. Pegau was one of the first Chateauneufs I ever really drank (not just tasted but consumed with gusto) and I can still remember what I paired it with. I made a roulade of beef (flank steak pounded out, layered with a cheese and herb stuffing, then seared and braised). The wine and the dish were magical together. Almost 20 years later, I can recall with great detail that singular experience. I may have changed but the winery and their attention to detail and sense of place have not. In that wine, I can still remember the rich fruit, supple tannins, smoky finish and lo and behold they are here once again. The 2012 gives all of that and more. A beautiful perfume of currants and raspberry coulis emerges with notes of saddle leather, cloves and allspice. Fine tannins and underlying acidity, no trace of heat, this is how I remember Chateauneuf and what brings me comfort. It's nice to know that after all these years, I can still rely on my old friend Pegau regardless of vintage. And now that my friend is in town, it's time for us to catch up, perhaps I'll bust out that old recipe and see where the night takes us.

Staff Image By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/15/2016 | Send Email
Dried currant on the nose with a hint of brett, the 2012 Pégau shows slightly smoky earthiness while still presenting surprising brightness and black fruit through the palate. Complex and just as rich as you’d expect heady Châteauneuf-du-Pape to be, this is just so good.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/15/2016 | Send Email
Powerful nose of spice, plums and hints of earth, on the palate this wine has a lustrous feel, smooth, rich and broad, but just under the surface you can feel the power, structure, it just has a bit of baby fat on the outside. On the palate the wine has a smoky, bacon fat flavor with lots of spice and plumy richness. A powerhouse, best to lay down for a few years but still possible to wade through its youth and drink now!
Drink from 2016 to 2032

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/15/2016 | Send Email
Lovely dark, rich nose full of herb, pepper, and smoky fruit. This is a great example of Chaeauneuf Du Pape, and a reason that those who love rich, yet complex wines look to the region. Despite the rich berry of the nose and on the palate there is plenty of acid here to give lift and length to this wine. Blackberry and currant vie with herbal notes to flesh out the middle and there is a good amount of tannin on the finish. A serious wine that is seriously good.

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape

Alcohol Content (%): 14