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.
2008 has been widely considered a poor vintage in the Southern Rhone. I contend there were some very good wines made, even if though they might fall short of the same wines made in recent vintages like 2007, ’09 and ’10.
The wine smells of juicy red fruits, band-aid and underbrush. Asian spice, garrigue, plums, iodine and kirsch dominate the palate. The finish is gorgeous. I believe this wine will age better than many critics suspect and I’ll drink mine over the next 5-7 years. For my money there is really no such thing as a bad bottle of Pegau, and the wine has a way of outperforming in mediocre vintages. This wine is no exception.
My rating: 92 points
Prices for this wine are all over the board. At one point Premier Cru sold it on a pre-arrival basis for $25. At retail I see this wine for upwards of $70 per bottle. As the ’08 vintage continues to get blown out at retail I recommend buying this wine at anything under $45.
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