We were able to get a few more cases at our original pricing. Pegau is one of the staples of Chateauneuf du Pape, and 2020 is one of the top examples of all time for this cuvee. This is a bottle not to miss for fans of Pegau or Southern Rhone wines and, at this friendly pricing, a hard one to beat!
The wines from Pegau are exceptional examples of Chateauneuf du Pape, and 2020 is a superstar example of this loved Cuvee. 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 in 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 its 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 for the flagship wines of the company. The Cuvee Reservee has always been a standout wine from Pegau, and while it's not their most 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, mainly 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.
2020 is an excellent vintage for CDP, and the wines show incredible power and elegance with unyeilding complexity in the case of the Cuvee Reserve. It is one of the most exhilarating examples to ever come from Pegau. 2020 is a not to miss vintage for and will be one for the history books.
Wine Advocate (Joe Czerwinski) 96-98 points! "I was even more impressed by the 2020 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Réservée than the 2019. Boasting crazily complex floral scents, garrigue, raspberries and cherries, this is one incredibly perfumed example of Pegau. Medium to full-bodied, silky, elegant and long, this is quintessential Pegau."