Bottle Notes, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2001 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée – Bottle Notes

The 2001 Domaine du Pégaü Cuvée Réservée was the winning bottle in the July installment of Pick My Next Bottle. The wine was briefly decanted and served with grilled steaks.

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.

Light ruby red in color. 13.5% ABV. Grilled meats, dried red fruits, plums and blood on an utterly amazing nose. The wine is fresh and vibrant with perfect acidity. Great on the palate with flavors of kirsch, iodine, white pepper and lavender. The finish is exquisite. One of the very best vintages of Pégaü Réservée. Everything I adore about Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Drink over the next 4-6 years.

My rating: 96 points.

This bottle can be found for about $85. At 13 years of age, provenance is always an issue. Other vintages to consider include the ’03-’05. Hard to go wrong with this iconic producer of CdP.

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