2005 Domaine du Pégaü "Cuvée Réservée" Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

SKU #1255154 95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep ruby. Seductive dark berry and kirsch aromas are complicated by musky garrigue, black olive and dark chocolate. Dense blackberry and bitter cherry flavors stain the palate and develop a licorice character with air. Tightens up on the long, chewy finish, which is dominated by tangy red berry fruit. This hugely concentrated wine deftly combines liveliness and power. (JR)  (1/2008)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reservee (normally a blend of approximately 80% Grenache and the rest Syrah and Mourvedre) exhibits a deep ruby/plum/garnet hue along with lots of grilled meat juices, roasted Provencal herbs, tar, blackberries and black currants. The wine is medium to full-bodied, still firm and tannic. It is those tannins that make the 2005 somewhat reminiscent of a tight, more austere-styled vintage such as 1995. The 2005 needs at least another 4-5 years of cellaring, and should last for 20 years or more. (RP)  (10/2010)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Bright, fresh, almost lacy in texture, with mineral and white peach flavors running through a crisp, clean finish. Demure at first, but the finish really opens up and pulls you back for more. Drink now through 2007. 200 cases made. (JM)  (6/2006)

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Chateauneuf du Pape

Alcohol Content (%): 14