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2011 Domaine du Pegau "Cuvée Réservée" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1143435 91-94 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark A solid 2011 that should surpass what the estate did in 2008 (which is no small thing), the 2011 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée, tasted from multiple barrels, is a perfumed, spice filled offering that oozes sweet red fruits, pepper, garrigue, and licorice aromas and flavors. It is softly fruited and supple on the palate, yet has excellent mid-palate concentration, sound tannic structure, and outstanding length. It should be approachable on release, yet given the track record here, also age gracefully. Inner quote mark (9/2012)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Beautiful in the vintage, the 2011 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Reservée is a forward, perfumed example of the cuvée that has classic Pégaü 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 tannin. It should have 15 years or so of overall longevity. Drink now-2026 (JD) Inner quote mark (10/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This shows an enticing bay leaf note, with juicy blackberry and black currant fruit up front, followed by melted licorice and a tarry edge on the finish, underscored by a roasted alder accent. Has the friendly, racy fruit of the vintage, with some distinct character to boot. Best from 2014 through 2025. (JM) Inner quote mark (11/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Deep ruby. Ripe black and blue fruit aromas are complicated by potpourri, incense and licorice, with a smoky topnote. Sappy, focused dark berry and bitter cherry flavors are sharpened by juicy acidity and show very good depth. Lots of fruit here but there's good structure as well. Finishes sweet and long, with velvety tannins adding shape. As with the '12, there's a degree of elegance to this wine and less of the wild edge of the Pegaus of a few vintages back. (JR) Inner quote mark (1/2014)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark (80% grenache, 6% syrah, 4% mourvedre and the rest "everything else"): Deep ruby. Ripe black and blue fruit aromas are complicated by potpourri, incense and licorice, with a smoky topnote. Sappy, focused dark berry and bitter cherry flavors are sharpened by juicy acidity and show very good depth. Lots of fruit here but there's good structure as well. Finishes sweet and long, with velvety tannins adding shape. As with the '12, there's a degree of elegance to this wine and less of the wild edge of the Pegaus of a few vintages back. (JR) Inner quote mark (1/2014)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Unusually dark crimson. Coconut oak hints on the nose. Very rich and supple for a 2011 Châteauneuf. Lots of fine and glossy pleasure here in a wine that overall tastes sweet. Well done! A little hot on the finish. (JR) Inner quote mark (2/2013)


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By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/3/2014 | Send Email
This Châteauneuf is a baby, yet has developed some sophisticated characteristics in its short life. On the nose you get whiffs of freshly seared mushrooms, green vegetables, and tomato. Across the palate, flavors of dark plums, anise and chocolate, while sweet tomato, green pepper, tobacco and other tertiary flavors have begun to develop. Buy one to drink now and at least one to cellar; tracking this wine's progress will be a delicious and rewarding task.

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