domaine du pegau, chateauneuf-du-pape, da capo 2015
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
98
JEB DUNNUCK
98

2015 domaine du pegau, chateauneuf-du-pape, da capo

Why We're Buying

Domaine du Pegau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Da Capo is a living legend. The $400+ wine has set the standard for red blends in Southern Rhône, with its whirlwind of flavors and never-ending finish. Wine critic Jeb Dunnuck was over the moon for the 2016 vintage, saying, "Traditional, classic Châteauneuf Du Pape doesn't get better. I hate to be the guy who throws out the 'best to date' line very often, but this is truly magical stuff." To no one's surprise, he gave it a perfect score.

Critics Scores

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
98

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

As I reported last year, the 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee da Capo is impressive. While it's less flamboyantly aromatic than the Cuvée Réservée, it's more powerful and concentrated. Full-bodied and rich, it's loaded with potent raspberry fruit and silky tannins and boasts a finish that won't stop. Hints of roasted meat, lavender and thyme add complexity to the waves of fruit, which wash gently across the palate, exhibiting a lovely soft touch.

JEB DUNNUCK
98

Jeb Dunnuck

The tiny production 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Da Capo is a powerhouse and unquestionably one of the top wines in the vintage. Compared to the 2010 by Laurence, it offers a stacked, full-bodied, incredibly concentrated feel as well as a blockbuster bouquet of blackcurrants, tapenade, cured meats, garrigue, and assorted Provençal street market-like aromas and flavors. It doesn’t have the sheer volume or flamboyant character of the 2016 (which I think is a better wine) but is deep, straight, and as classic as it gets. Hide bottles for 3-4 years, count yourself lucky, and enjoy them over the following 2-3 decades.

WINE ENTHUSIAST
97

Wine Enthusiast

Made only in exceptional vintages, the Cuvée da Capo is a powerful, deeply nuanced wine pulsating with fruit and earth complexities. Black-cherry and red-plum flavors are alluring and ripe yet tinged by veins of moss, smoke and fur. It's soft and silky on the palate yet composed. The finish is long and lifted. Gorgeous already it will improve through 2030 and hold further.

JAMES SUCKLING
90

James Suckling

Strong garrigue meets barnyard aromas and wild, dark berries. The palate has a succulent, intense and vibrant array of dark-plum and licorice flavors. Punchy, rugged extract. Needs a rest before drinking. Let this one out of the gate in 2022.