2009 domaine du pegau, chateauneuf-du-pape, cuvee reservee rouge
Why We're Buying
Cuvée Réservée Red is the flagship wine of Domaine du Pegau. It contains 13 different grapes varieties, with grenache making up 80 of the blend and syrah and mourvèdre accounting for another 10. Give this Châteauneuf-du-Pape up to 20 years in the cellar for it to reveal its true character.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Starting off the reds and easily the best example of this cuvee since the 2001, the 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Laurence is incredible stuff. Deep, rich and layered, with copious notions of smoked meats, licorice, ground pepper, spice and saddle leather, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, terrific fruit intensity and a rich, mouth-coating texture. Hard to resist now, it should nevertheless have two decades of longevity.
Wine & Spirits
...earthy and dense, a staunchly traditional take on Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Spiced cherry notes emerge with air, as does an appealingly savory, miso-like complexity that lasts. The tannins hold it firm, lending the wine the chewiness of a shiitake.
Dark and ripe, with blackberry, plum and fig fruit layered with notes of ganache, charcoal and dark olive. This cuts a broad, smoky path through the finish, offering some slightly chewy grip and ample flesh. A lovely lingering bay leaf hint adds extra nuance. Impressive, though a touch drier in feel than the Cuvée Réservée in this vintage. Best from 2015 through 2030.