2011 Domaine du Pégaü "Cuvée Laurence" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
*Collectibles* A solidly grippy, old-school version, with lots of brick dust, roasted chestnut and fresh tobacco leaf notes coating the core of steeped plum, raspberry and black cherry fruit. Offers a broad and woodsy feel through the finish, with singed cedar and juniper details pumping throughout, delivering ample flesh and fruit for balance. This has grip to burn and should cruise in the cellar. (JM)
Bright ruby-red. A highly perfumed and complex bouquet evokes mineral-accented dried cherries, raspberry liqueur, garrigue and potpourri. Sweet, seamless and penetrating, offering sappy red and dark berry and succulent herb flavors that deepen as the wine opens up. Shows excellent depth as well as vivacity and finishes very long and smoky; sneaky tannins add shape and closing grip. This wine is the same as the Cuvée Reservée but it gets an extra two years in foudres. (JR)
Cuvée Laurence is made from the same blend as the Cuvée Réservée and aged in old French oak for 32-36 months (instead of the 20-24 months for the Cuvée Réservée). It serves as an excellent example of the traditional extended elevage that used to be standard for Châteauneuf-du-Pape.