The wines from Pegau are exceptional examples of Chateauneuf du Pape. With roots going back to 1670, this family has been in the Southen Rhone for centuries. The youngest of the family at the time, Paul, at the young age of 14, began working the vineyards belonging to his family and in 1964 decided to bottle his own wine from the family estate, starting very small at a mere 2,000 bottles a year. Paul was soon joined by his Daughter Laurence who completed her wine business education in 1987 and convinced her family to create an independent estate which became Pegau. In 1992 the Domaine got their big break and was one of the top three wines of the Chateauneuf du Pape that year. Laurence sold everything she made and continued investing the money into more vineyards. In 2012 bought a big property that held 41 hectares of vines split between two companies, Domaine Pegau and Chateau Pegau. The Chateau Pegau wines are a collection of lesser wines like Cote du Rhone, while Domaine Pegau are the flagship wines of the company. The Cuvee Reservee has always been a standout wine from Pegau, and while it's not their more premier bottle, it explains the estate most candidly. It's a classic example of the region made with all 13 of the accepted grape varietals, mostly featuring Grenache (about 80%) with Syrah and Mourvèdre sourced from clay-limestone soils with a high proportion of iron and sand. Grapes are always hand-harvested and never destemmed, seeing a spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts in concrete vats before aging for two years in foudre. 2019 was a lovely vintage for the CDP, and the wines show incredible power and elegance with the ability to be approached early due to the excellent presence of fruit. It is an excellent buy for CDP, and we have US low pricing that is made even sweeter when you buy three bottles or more.
Wine Advocate (Joe Czerwinski) 95-97 pts! The 2019 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Réservée looks set to rival the best examples of this bottling. Made up of approximately 80% Grenache, with 6% Syrah, 4% Mourvèdre and smaller amounts of other permitted varieties, it's impressively complex on the nose, with scents of black cherries, blackberries and black olives, plus mysterious wafts of violets and garrigue. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, it finishes long and velvety, a sure-fire bet for cellaring.