Domaine Du Pegau - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée 2015 (750ml)

 
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96
JD
96
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93-95

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Producer Domaine Du Pegau
Country France
Region Rhone Valley
Subregion Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Varietal Rhone Blend
Vintage 2015
Sku 1413133
Size 750ml

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Jeb Dunnuck: 96 Points

The 2015 Châteauneuf-Du-Pape Cuvée Réservée is a beautiful classic wine from the Feraud family that offers powerful notes of blackcurrants peppered meat garrigue and that classic Pégau spice that's hard to find outside of this iconic estate. Possessing a deep ruby/plum color beautiful complexity full-bodied richness and firm tannin it has closed up slightly since I tasted it from barrel and is going to need 6-12 months of bottle age to bounce back but this is a concentrated powerful vintage for this estate that reminds me a slightly improved 2005.

Wine Advocate: 96 Points

Reviewed by Joe Czerwinski Issue Date 31st Aug 2018 Source 238 The Wine Advocate Now that it has been in bottle a while the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reservee is looking even better than I projected based on last year's prebottling sample. It's all violets cherries subtle allspice and clove and traditional garrigue notes of lavender and thyme. Full-bodied and rich it's crazy complex adding hints of tar and black olives on the long silky finish. It should evolve beautifully over the next two decades. At Pegau Laurence Féraud greeted me with her seemingly permanent level-headed good nature. Every time I see her she tells me how overwhelmed she is with work and I marvel at her composure. These hot early vintages must be tough on the estate in some ways as the property doesn't have proper temperature controls for the reds. Still they're extremely successful so maybe technology is seriously overrated? After all the 2016 Cuvée da Capo was vinified outdoors because the cellar was full. Féraud continues to believe in using whole clusters and longer-than-average élevage for her wines and as she keeps the Cuvée Réservée in foudre for two summers it's fascinating to see how the wines evolve seeming to gain weight while at the same time smoothing out during their maturation. Féraud said she feels the 2015 2016 and 2017 are all very different but she says "I like the vintage differences. You work all year you don't want the wines to all taste the same." For the first time there are back-to-back vintages of the Cuvée da Capo (2015 and 2016) which means there will be a Cuvée Laurence in 2017. Recent releases of the Laurence which spends four years in foudre include the 2012 and 2013 both reviewed in this issue. Don't overlook the white wines or the Côtes du Rhône bottlings under the Château Pegau label (reviewed separately).

Vinous: 93-95 Points

Vivid ruby. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes ripe raspberry cherry and garrigue while a suave floral element expands with air. Fleshy seamless and broad on the palate offering intense black raspberry and fruitcake flavors that are braced and lifted by a spine of juicy acidity. The floral note builds as the wine opens up and carries through the sweet strikingly long finish which leaves behind red fruit liqueur and licorice notes. -- Josh Raynolds

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