2010 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine Tasting Note

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2010 Domaine du Pégaü Cuvée Réservée  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 97

Intense, thick, rich and filled to the brim with an array of sweet, perfectly ripe, black raspberries, cherries, plum and strawberries, complicated by fresh herbs, pepper and meaty aromas. The long finish paints your mouth with flavor that really lingers. This stunning wine is at the level of the 2003, which until I tasted this bottle, was my favorite vintage of Pegau. Now, it's a tie game!

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2010 Domaine du Pégau Cuvée Réservée  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 95

At the moment, the wine is quiet. Even with 1-2 hours of decanting, it took coaxing to find the peppery, earthy, garrigue and kirsch notes. Full-bodied, rich, classicly styled with good concentration, ripeness and purity in the fruits, perhaps a few more years of cellaring is needed before popping another cork.

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DomainePegau Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

When to Drink Domaine du Pegau, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Domaine du Pegau can be enjoyed on the young side, but the wine is better with age and decanting. Young vintages can be decanted for about 1 -2 or 3 hours. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Domaine du Pegau is usually better with 5-7 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. In the best vintages the wine should be consumed within 7-25 years after the vintage.

Serving Domaine du Pegau with Wine, Food Pairing Tips

Domaine du Pegau is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be popped and poured, or decanted for an hour so. Cuvée du Capo can be decanted 2-3 hours.

Domaine du Pegau is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, grilled meats, stewed dishes, sausage, barbecue and cassoulet. Domaine du Pegau is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, cheese, pasta, eggplant and tomatoes.

The white wine of Domaine de Pegau is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.

Under the name of Chateau Pegau, the estate produces red Cotes du Rhone and white Cotes du Rhone as well as the value priced, Plan Pegau, which is sold as a Vin de Table.

Laurence Feraud also entered into an agreement with Andre Brunel of Domaine Les Cailloux to produce wine from the Cotes du Rhone appellation that is sold under the name of Feraud Brunel. Pegau also produces an additional value, negociant wine, Selection Laurence Feraud.

Over the years. Domaine du Pegau has also produced a few one off wines. A one off wine is a wine that is only made in a single vintage. Two unique wines were produced in honor of their children, 1995 Maxime and 1997 Justine. 1995 Domaine Pegau Cuvee Maxime and 1997 Domaine Pegau Cuvee Justine are made from a selection of the best lots, similar to what the estate does for the Cuvee da Capo.

In fact, in some ways, this can be seen as a precursor to the famous Pegau Domaine da Capo. But the wines were vinified and aged using the same techniques the estate uses for the Domaine Pegau Reservee. The production is minuscule of both Maxime and Justine at close to 100 cases or less of each wine.

In 2003 and 2010, Domaine Pegau also produced a special cuvee in magnum only, Pegau Inspiration. Pegau Inspiration is produced from a selection of the best barrels from their estate vineyards. Pegau Inspiration also receives a longer aging period in wood.

This is similar to what the Domaine uses for the Domaine Pegau Cuvee Laurence. The production of Pegau Inspiration is extremely limited as only 240 numbered magnums are produced.

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