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2004 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape – Bottle Notes

The 2004 Domaine du Pégaü Cuvée Réservée was the winning bottle in the July installment of Pick My Next Bottle. The wine was decanted for 45 minutes and served with grilled flank steak.

The family of Domaine du Pegau has roots in Châteauneuf-du-Pape dating back to the mid-17th century. The word Pegau refers to a wine jug discovered in the excavations of the 14th century Pope’s palace in Avignon. Today, the estate is run by the Paul Ferraud and his daughter Laurence.

Crimson red in color. 14% ABV. Super concentrated nose of cherries, plum, cocoa, blood and iron. The palate has a little of everything. Pepper, kirsch, iodine, licorice, dried cherries, raspberry liqueur, garrigue and spices. Full bodied and rich. Great structure. The wine is pretty clean, with maybe just the faintest hint of brett. Silky tannins and a great finish. Reminiscent of the ’99 Pégaü. This wine has a great future ahead of it. I have four bottles left which I will drink over the next decade.

My rating: 95 points.

The CdP vintages of 2005, ’07, ’09 and ’10 get all the hype but for my money the ’04 vintage is completely underrated. The wines are showing beautifully right now and they are attractively priced. The ’04 Pégaü can be sourced for right around $75 per bottle and is definitely worth the search.

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2 thoughts on “2004 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape – Bottle Notes

  1. Well done. I too seek out the off vintages in Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Rhone as they have better accessibility earlier and are ignored by collectors who are only looking at critics scores.

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