Compelling; it showcases the estate’s excellent terroir
Côtes du Rhone
60% GRENACHE, 20% SYRAH, 10% CINSAULT, 10% MOURVÈDRE
91 points Wine Enthusiast
Château Pegau is the name of Laurence and Paul Féraud’s newly-purchased 60 hectare estate, located in Sorgues, less than 6 km from Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The wines truly deliver, showcasing the estate’s excellent terroir, with the unmistakable imprint of Pegau.
This wine has a charcoal edge, with smoldering tobacco leaf and steeped black cherry fruit notes. Ground cinnamon and clove, fine leather, and just enough cherry fruit mingle to create a compelling, medium-bodied wine framed by fine-grained tannins.
The vineyard is less than 6 km from Châteauneuf du Pape.
From vines averaging 35 to 60 years in age planted in stony, clay-based soils. Harvested by hand.
No de-stemming. The varietals were vinified together. Fermentation of 10-14 days using native yeasts, with 2 pump-overs per day. Delicately pressed and kept in enamel tanks until bottling. Unoaked.
“A pleasant whiff of barnyard lends savory tones of earth and animal to crisp blackberry and plum flavors. It’s an opulent, slightly warming wine with a plummy, voluminous mouthfeel that’s vibrantly balanced by fresh acidity. The finish is moderately long, lingering on hints of sun-dried thyme, lavender and grippy tannins. Enjoy now–2025.” – 91 points, Anna Lee C. Iijima, Wine Enthusiast
“A blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault and 10% Mourvèdre, the 2016 Cotes du Rhone Cuvee Maclura was still aging in vat during my June visit. It features outstanding aromas of crushed stone, violets, cherries and raspberries, but it remains a bit tight and tart on the medium-bodied palate; more élevage certainly seems as if it will be beneficial. The wine finishes lively and long.” – (90-92) points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate