2016 Domaine Pegau Reservee (750ml)

Grenache from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France

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I've worked directly with the brilliantly traditional Chateauneufs and other assorted Rhones from the estate of Laurence Feraud almost as long as I have with Beaucastel. Hers being one of the first I introduced to eager Rhone enthusiasts decades back, we've built a long-lasting relationship which spans dozens upon dozens of vintages. So when I describe her singular, truly unique cuvee of Chateauneuf known appropriately as Cuvee Reservee, one of the most consistent bottlings in the region, you can take that to the bank. One of the greatest Chateauneufs of the entire vintage, from my favorite lady of the region, at a price you'll not want to miss.


Reminding me of a fresher version of the 2003, the 2016 Chateauneuf Du Pape Cuvée Reservée is another magical wine from Laurence Feraud that could come from nowhere else. I still remember tasting (and loving) this beauty from barrel. It doesn’t quite have the sheer over-the-top decadence of the 2003, but it does have more elegance, while not giving up an inch with regard to texture and opulence. Dark ruby/plum-hued with a monster display of Provençal goodness in its garrigue, lavender, violets, kirsch, plums, and Asian spices, this full-throttle, ripe, sexy Châteauneuf du Pape has silky tannins, flawless balance, and a heavenly texture. It’s going to benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and drink well for at least 20-25 years.

98 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Apr 2020)

Inflections of violet and rose petal mingle into crushed earth and dried mushroom in this deeply complex red. Black cherry and black-currant flavors are profoundly ripe but muted by shades of leather, fur and garrigue. A nuanced, deeply satisfying wine, it offers both concentrated ripeness and old-world restraint.

97 points, Anna Lee C. Iijima, Wine Enthusiast (May 2020)

A singed chestnut accent leads off here, followed by a sappy core of steeped cherry, raspberry and plum fruit, infused liberally with tobacco, brick dust and garrigue notes. Reveals a brawny edge, but there's ample fruit in the end. A rock-solid old-school style that should cruise in the cellar. Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Best from 2021 through 2040. 5,400 cases made.

96 points, James Molesworth, Wine Spectator (Sep 2019)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
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