We have managed to source one of the most electrifying wines of the supreme 2016 vintage, whose climatic excellence delivered one of the great vintages across Europe, nowhere more so than the Southern Rhone. In fact, it has already earned its place as one of the best of all time, Joe Czerwinski of The Wine Advocate recognised it as a truly defining year for this beloved region, “The 2016 vintage in the Southern Rhône seems comparable to 1982 in Bordeaux […] These are incredible wines produced in reasonable quantities that are still largely undervalued (outside a few trophy collectibles).” Therefore, we are thrilled to have secured an exceptional parcel of Domaine du Pegau 2016, one of the Châteauneuf du Pape greats and one of the wines of the vintage. The wine was awarded a staggering 98 points from Jeb Dunnuck in April and we have been trying to secure a parcel ever since, priced today at £245 per six or with our special price of £235 for two cases or more, this boasts a Price Over Points Ratio (POP) of 26. This is remarkable as very few wines with a Wine Advocate score of 98 points register a POP under 50, this makes a mockery of that. At £39 a bottle and 98 points from Jeb Dunnuck this a rare beast indeed and not to be missed.
The Cuvee Reserve is the Estate’s flagship wine and one which Robert Parker himself is rumoured to have diligently purchased each and every year for his own personal cellar for several decades since he discovered it. Dunnuck’s tasting notes backs up its illustrious score and reputation ‘another magical wine from Laurence Feraud that could come from nowhere else. […]. Dark ruby/plum-hued with a monster display of Provençal goodness in its garrigue, lavender, violets, kirsch, plums, and Asian spices, this full-throttle, ripe, sexy Châteauneuf du Pape has silky tannins, flawless balance, and a heavenly texture.’ The Cuvee Reserve reflects the passion and savoir faire of the father and daughter team Paul and Laurence Feraud who only produce around 5500 cases a year. It is tasting brilliantly now, but will improve for two decades. The 2016 outscores the 2010 which already trades at £380 per six and the 2009 at £365. The finest of them all the 2016 is available today for just £245 per case of six IB or £235 per six when purchasing two+ cases.
Domaine du Pegau is one of the most prominent names in Chateauneuf-du-Pape with Paul and Laurence Feraud bringing this historic estate to its modern era of glory after several centuries of ownership by the Feraud family. This was largely achieved in the 1980s when the pair slowly set out to significantly increase their vineyard holdings as well as to first begin bottling under the name Domaine du Pegau rather than Domaine Feraud as it was formerly labelled. “Pegau,” (which Laurence pronounces as “Pay-Go” while Paul prefers “Puh-Gow”) is an old provencial term for an ancient jug used for wine discovered during the excavations of the Avignon Pope’s Palace which dates back to the 14th century.
Today Domaine du Pegau lays claim to 21 hectares of vines within Chateauneuf du Pape with vineyards across 11 different parcels in the region, including their finest vines on the plateau of La Crau. Their oldest vines were planted in 1902. Robert Parker of The Wine Advocate has long been a devotee of this estate, praising, “The Pegau estate of Laurence Feraud and her father, Paul, produces one of Chateauneuf-du-Pape’s most majestic, old-style, robust, super-concentrated, block-buster wines.” Paul is also known to be a long-time friend of one of Chateauneuf’s most revered figures, Henri Bonneau. Parker has noted the influence this companionship may have had on his wines, making the claim, “of all of the wines of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Pegau’s Cuvee Reservee and Cuvee Laurence come closest to achieving the same glory as Henri Bonneau’s Cuvee des Celestins.” Considering the price point of Pegau’s Cuvee Reservee Is a mere fraction of the price of the highly sought after Cuvee des Celestins, this comparison is very high praise indeed.