International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94($85-$100) Opaque ruby. The highly perfumed nose offers an exotic array of red and dark berries, spicecake and potpourri, with hints of smoky herbs and olive adding complexity. Juicy and fresh for a wine that's over 15% alcohol, offering sweet raspberry and cherry flavors framed by silky tannins. Very suave and open-knit today, with excellent finishing clarity and smoky persistence.Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: January/February 2010
Wine Advocate | Rating: 95The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reservee (of which I was lucky to find a magnum on a Paris bistro's wine list a week after my tasting at the estate) is a brilliant effort that ranks alongside the colossal 2003 Cuvee Reservee. A blend of approximately 85% Grenache, 8-9% Syrah, and the rest Mourvedre and other varietals from 50-100+ year old vines aged in foudre, it exhibits a dense plum/purple color along with a big, sweet bouquet of beef blood, grilled herbs, barbecue smoke, lavender, sweet cassis and kirsch and a hint of Asian soy. The wine possesses a fabulous texture, a full-bodied mouthfeel and a seamless integration of tannin, acidity and alcohol. Certainly the alcohol level is pushing 16% in this wine. With extraordinary texture and unctuosity, this remarkable effort should drink well for 20+ years yet be very appealing in its youth given the glycerin, velvety texture, and remarkable complexity.Drink Dates: 2010-2030Author: Robert Parker
Wine Spectator | Rating: 95This packs it all together, with the ripe plum sauce, braised fig and currant paste notes of the vintage matched with invigorating hoisin sauce, brick dust and grilled beef notes. The long finish drips with fruit, but stays framed by a wild edge that keeps this firmly planted in terroir.Drink Dates: 2011-2031Author: James Molesworth
Self | Rating: 94Drink Dates: 2011-2020Author: petesf
Anonymous | Rating: 96Author: johnmhoward
Self | Rating: 90Author: Wojo
Self | Rating: 93Author: Mister45
Self | Rating: 95Author: rjblanton
Self | Rating: 94Drink Dates: 2015-2025Author: Jito72
Anonymous | Rating: 94A beautifully crafted wine. Very balanced, powerful yet not over-empowering. Really opened up after an hour or so. Deep rich cherries, spices, notes of licorice, hints of petroleum on the nose, undertones of vanilla. As mentioned in other reviews, the aromas are a delight on their own. On the palate, deep dark cherries, hints of kirsch/almost Port-like flavors, beautiful tannins. A lively structure! Will get some more!Drink Dates: 2011-2020Author: Nick Shea
Self | Rating: 94Consistent notes.Author: Stephen G41
Self | Rating: 90high level of minerality on the nose. a few guys said corked, but on the palate, very nice.Author: schelper
Self | Rating:The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reservee is a brilliant effort that ranks alongside the colossal 2003 Cuvee Reservee. A blend of approximately 85% Grenache, 8-9% Syrah, and the rest Mourvedre and other varietals from 50-100+ year old vines aged in foudre, it exhibits a dense plum/purple color along with a big, sweet bouquet of beef blood, grilled herbs, barbecue smoke, lavender, sweet cassis and kirsch and a hint of Asian soy. The wine possesses a fabulous texture, a full-bodied mouthfeel and a seamless integration of tannin, acidity and alcohol. Certainly the alcohol level is pushing 16% in this wine. With extraordinary texture and unctuosity, this remarkable effort should drink well for 20+ years yet be very appealing in its youth given the glycerin, velvety texture, and remarkable complexityAuthor: SFHjr
Self | Rating: 98Utterly astounding and phenomenal wine - a top 3 wine all time for me. Initially in the decanter you could smell the fruits but there was that little bit of barnyard that, after nearly an hour burned off and left an amazing wine in its wake. Dark plum color with a gorgeous, round full bodied mouth feel with all the expected Chateauneuf du Pape grenache-based characteristics that all crescendo in the mouth and leave a delightful finish. Tannins are subsiding and are very lithe and sweet. Flavors of plum, black cherry, garrigue/provencal herbs, cassis. From the nose through to the taste and finish this was an outstanding wine that paired perfectly with our greek roasted spring lamb. If there was high alcohol here it was well integrated into the overall structure of the wine. I'm super excited to try this wine again in another few years as it's probably on the upswing and nearing its peak. Just wonderfulDrink Dates: 2012-2027Author: Rossboss
Domaine du Pegau owns 21 hectares of vines in Chateauneuf du Pape. 19.5 hectares are used for red wine grapes. 1.5 hectares of vines are reserved for growing white wine grapes. Due to the small size of the parcels used for the white wine grapes at Domaine Pegau, those grapes are farmed using 100% biodynamic farming techniques. The red wine grapes are not farmed biodynamically. The vineyards for Domaine du Pegau are located in different areas of Chateauneuf du Pape in a total 11 different parcels. The best and oldest vines of Domaine du Pegau are located on the plateau of La Crau.
Domaine du Pegau uses only natural yeasts. The grapes are whole cluster fermented in traditional, cement vats. The wine is aged on average for an average of 24 months in old foudres. At Pegau, they use a wide range different old wood foudres. On average, close to 6,500 cases of wine are produced at Domaine du Pegau each year.
While the is known mostly for single-varietal wines from or , the is known for complex blends. , for example, allows up to 13 different varieties in a blend leaving winemakers ample room to experiment. This variation makes it almost impossible to describe a typical Rhône blend. Regardless of style, the common goal of these winemakers is to manage high tannin and alcohol levels in order to produce a balanced wine.
The most widely planted variety, , dominates most Rhône blends and adds concentrated spiced red fruit flavors with cinnamon, raspberry, and tobacco characteristics. and Mourvèdre add color and tannin, with Syrah contributing aromas of blueberry, pepper, and bacon while Mourvèdre adds dense black fruit flavors and gamey and meaty aromas. Cinsault provides red fruit flavor. For the best expression of this complex blend turn to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and classic producers like , , or .
Many New-World wine regions, particularly in and , have adopted this winemaking method. The best examples come from producers , , and .
The complexity and spice-forward flavor profile of Rhône blends pair best with herb-roasted turkey, pork chops, a range of cheeses, or spiced vegetables.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 1862 bottles owned
- 258 collectors
- Average collector rating: 94
(Out of 258 collectors)