Robert Parker 94
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. Without a doubt, Domaine du Pegau is one of the top reference point estates for traditionally made Châteauneuf du Pape. Run with incredible talent by Laurence Feraud, with her father Paul never far away, this estate has produced a superb 2012, one that has some similarities to their brilliant 2010, albeit on a slightly softer scale. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to taste their 2013, but will report on that cuvee next year. As I reported last year, they’ve purchased a large estate, located just outside the village of Sorgues, that consists of 100+ acres of Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône Villages. These new cuvees are released under the Chateau Pegau label. In addition to this, Laurence also has two negociant lines, the Selection Laurence Feraud and the Feraud-Brunel, both of which offer serious value.
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030
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.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2030