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Expert Picks: Domaine du Pegau and…Domaine du Pegau!

Posted on | October 6, 2015 | Written by Michael Adler | No Comments

Michael Adler 5.29.15A perennial favorite of both critics and collectors, Domaine de Pegau is one of an elite few estates in Châteauneuf-du-Pape that consistently crafts some of the region’s very best wines. The domaine’s 50 acres of vineyards (predominantly Grenache) average 60 years of age and yield stunning wines that are at once both concentrated and elegant, offering voluptuous aromas of dark black fruits, grilled meats, herbs, black pepper and leathery notes. Above all, their wines convey the breathtaking terroir of southern France and pull me back among the rolling hills, jutting rock faces and medieval fortresses that dot the dramatic Provençal landscape. The Cuvée Reservée is the estate’s standard bottling while the Cuvée da Capo is produced only in the most exceptional vintages and is one of the crowning achievements in all of modern Rhône Valley winemaking. Put either of these wines on your dinner table with a rack of lamb and some assorted grilled vegetables, and you will know the meaning of bliss!

Domaine du Pegau 2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Reservée $94.99

The ‘12 Cuvée Reservée has been billed as perhaps the estate’s finest effort to date, and after tasting it last Friday night, I can confirm that it is incredibly delicious. A massive wine that will easily live for two decades or more, the ’12 Cuvée Reservée is loaded with myriad layers of fruit, spice, earth and toast, and amid all these wild flavors, it manages to remain quite balanced, with firm tannins and enough acidity to soften them to approachable levels. A dense and chewy wine, it’s at its best with a hearty meal of lamb or game.

Domaine du Pegau 2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée da Capo $499.00

At least one highly influential critic has awarded the 2010 Cuvee da Capo a perfect score, and while we don’t put much stock in critics and their scores, you can’t quite ignore it when one of the world’s foremost experts exclaims that “wine doesn’t get any better.” I very rarely say this, but believe the hype: this is a wine that serious collectors and Rhône enthusiasts will be talking about for decades. The ’10 Cuvée da Capo will need a few more years (at least) before it will be truly approachable, and it will continue to evolve for another three decades. While plush, hedonistic and highly enjoyable in its youth, this is a wine you want to hold onto for a special occasion years down the road. It’s an investment you won’t regret!

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