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2016 Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Da Capo

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RATINGS

100Jeb Dunnuck

...notes of cured meats, crème de cassis, crushed violets, ground pepper, tapenade, truffle, and sweet herbes de Provence all soar from the glass and it hits the palate with a massive, full-bodied style that stays seamless, weightless, and as pure as they come.

99The Wine Advocate

Waves of black cherries, plums and chocolate wash across the full-bodied, velvety palate, lingering nearly forever on the finish.

98Wine Enthusiast

Black-cherry and plum flavors are ripe but pertly balanced in this Grenache blend. It's spicy and intensely aromatic, wafting of cloves, allspice and caramel, yet revitalizing and mineral too. The finish is endlessly long, fringed by fine, taut tannins.

97Wine Spectator

This is richly fruited, with succulent plum, boysenberry and fig preserve flavors that are seamlessly layered and laced with warm anise, black tea and smoldering tobacco notes. The long finish features well-embedded chalky grip that gives this cut to match the lush fruit.

97Vinous / IWC

...dark berry, cherry preserve and licorice aromas are complemented by hints of game, exotic spices and candied lavender. Deep, sweet and expansive on the palate, offering densely packed raspberry, cola and floral pastille flavors...superb clarity and power on a ridiculously long, sappy finish that eventually leaves behind cherry liqueur and bitter chocolate notes.

17Jancis Robinson

...succulent red fruit with fine, filigree tannic powder. Moderate length, a little spiciness on the finish leaving a fairly simple persistence.

PRODUCER

Domaine du Pegau

Domaine du Pegau, located in Chateauneuf-du-Pape in the Southern Rhone Valley, is owned by the Feraud family, which has been farming and making wine in the Rhone Valley since the late 17th century. Like many of the best producers in the Rhone Valley, the estate’s history is entwined with the refined tastes of the Papal court in 14th century Avignon, a place where fine Rhone wines were in great demand. The word “pegau” is Provencal dialect for “wine jug,” and clay “pegaus” were used to deliver Rhone wines to the nearby Papal court. The father and daughter team, Paul and Laurence Feraud, who own the estate pride themselves on making traditional Chateauneuf-du-Papes that are considered among the region’s finest. The estate is comprised of 56 acres of vineyards planed to 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre. For white wines there are also plantings of Clairette, Bourboulenc and Roussane. About 80,000 bottles total are produced each year.

REGION

France, Rhône Valley, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the appellation, is a large area of nearly 8,000 vineyard acres centered around the picturesque town of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Located in southeastern France just north of the Avignon hills, the name of the appellation means “new castle of the pope” and it is a reference to the 14th century, when the Popes of Avignon built summer homes in the Southern Rhone Valley. Today the appellation is one of the most renowned in France and its terroir is known for layers of small pebbles, called “galets.” The stones in the soil are thought to help store heat and keep the soil warm, which helps ripen the grapes. The stones also help keep the soil from drying out in hot summer months. In 1923 Châteauneuf-du-Pape was a leader in establishing the idea that AOC wines in France should be made only with specified grapes, and the appellation allowed 13 grape varieties to be used. Since then the rules have been slightly modified to include several more allowable grapes. Red and white wines are produced, though in practice about 97% of all Châteauneuf –du-Papes are reds made with a blend of Grenache Noir, Cinsault, Counoise, Mourvedre, Muscardine, Syrah and Vaccarese. The red wines of this appellation are prized for being big, rich, spicy and full-bodied. White wines of the appellation are made with Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Roussanne, Picpoul and Picardin. Whites are floral, fruity and relatively full-bodied.