Domaine du Pegau

Domaine du Pegau is an estate producer of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, owned by father daughter team Paul and Laurence Féraud. Laurence currently manages the estate and makes the wines. Since the 17th Century Pegau is recognized as one of the top estates in Châteauneuf, its wines are considered among the world's greatest. Unfortunately supply is far outweighed by demand. Pegau’s vineyards consist of 11 parcels totaling 19 hectares among Châteauneuf’s best ‘terroirs’ including ‘La Crau’.

Pegau is well-known as one of the reference points for traditionally styled wines. One only has to spend a half hour or so talking with Paul Feraud, or his ambitious and brilliant daughter, Laurence, to understand that they will not make any compromises, nor change their winemaking or upbringing styles to suit the whims of the fickle consumer. This is an estate where the bottled wines often taste significantly better than they do from barrel. Fermentations are in cement vats with wild yeast. Most of the wines are aged in foudre, and bottled unfined and without filtration.

Cuvee Reserve

Whole grape bunches were lightly crushed and fermented with wild yeasts for 5-7 days in traditional cement vats. This was followed by a further maceration period of 7-14 days, with1-2 pump-overs per day. The press and free run juice was aged in 5,000 liter oak foudres for 18 months, and then blended and bottled without filtration.

Reviews:

"One of my favorite wines, the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvee Réservée is a classic. Beautiful on the nose, with notions of ground pepper, wild herbs, minerality and smoked plum and dark fruit, it’s medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated and has plenty of tannin that comes through on the finish. Similar in style to a lighter-weight 2010, drink this beauty anytime over the coming 12-15 years." ~ 94, Wine Advocate October 2014

 

"Opaque ruby. Heady aromas of black and blue fruits, potpourri and Indian spices, with a smoky element emerging with air. Taut and sharply focused on entry, then fleshier and broader in the mid-palate, offering vibrant boysenberry and black raspberry flavors with hints of candied violet, smoked meat and licorice. Finishes spicy and long, with repeating florality and slow-building tannins." ~ 93, Vinous April 2015

Price: Fl $840.00
 
Cuvee De Capo

Produced from select parcels that include some of Pegau’s oldest vines (majority 100+ years old)! Yields of < 2 tons/acre. Whole grape bunches were lightly crushed and fermented with wild yeasts for 5-7 days in traditional cement vats. This was followed by a further maceration period of 7-14days, with1-2 pump-overs per day. The press and free run juice was then aged in large, French oak barrels for 24 months, and blended and bottled without filtration.

Reviews:

"Comprised of roughly 85% Grenache and the rest Syrah and other permitted varieties, aged all in foudre, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee da Capo is sheer perfection in a glass. Wine doesn’t get any better. Incredibly rich and concentrated, yet ethereal and even graceful, it boasts off-the-hook aromas of blackberry, licorice, spice-box, smoked meats and underbrush that continue to change and develop in the glass. Massive and decadent on the palate, yet again, with no weight and a seamless texture, this brilliant effort needs a handful of years in the cellar and will live to see its 30th birthday in fine form. Drink 2016-2040." ~ 100, Wine Advocate October 2013

Price: (3 packs) Fl $1000