Monday, February 15, 2021

Domaine Pegau Cuvee Reservee Chateauneuf du Pape, 1994

Now this is more like it; this is what GSM should smell and taste like. Of course, Domaine Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape costs a great deal more than $5.99 a bottle, but it sets a high standard for any wine using Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre grapes. The vines are well situated, old and carefully tended by Paul Feraud. His daughter, Laurence Feraud follows traditional practices to make an outstanding wine, year after year. Domaine Pegau sold for $10 to $15 when I purchased this bottle; the current vintage now sells for $75 to $100. I sold several bottles of this 1994 a few years ago for $150.

Bright cherry red. The dark color comes not from aging in barriques but from the Syrah and Mourvedre in the blend. Deep, deep, scents of dried and fresh strawberries plus Provencal herbs and peppery spice. Both red and black fruits on the palate with excellent concentration. Flavors that cling to all surfaces of the mouth and linger there for several minutes. This 1994 is not as deep or complex as the 1989 or 1990 Cuvee Reservee, but it is showing very well right now.


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