domaine du pegau, chateauneuf-du-pape, laurence 2013
JAMES SUCKLING
93
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
94

2013 domaine du pegau, chateauneuf-du-pape, laurence

Why We're Buying

Cuvée Laurence is the big sister to Cuvée Réservée. They feature an identical blend with Cuvée Laurence spending more time in old oak barrels for aging. The grenache-forward red wine enamors people with its mix of cinnamon, spice, and stone fruit flavors and has a five-to-ten-year aging window.

Critics Scores

JAMES SUCKLING
93

James Suckling

A terrific expression from this domaine. Dark, earthy plums are swathed in mountain herbs and dark, stony minerals. The palate has a supple, suave core of fine tannins that thread flavors long through the finish. Drink or hold.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Full-bodied, rich and still somewhat tannic but approachable, the 2013 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Laurence features hints of mocha and leather layered over dark, plummy fruit, meaty, savory notes and a bit of dried herb. It's full-bodied and velvety, with lingering astringency on the finish. While it might smooth out a bit in time, I suspect it will always remain tannic, so pair it with grilled meats that will benefit from such a partner. (JC)

WINE ENTHUSIAST
95

Wine Enthusiast

Tasted five years after bottling, this wine still shows a core of dried strawberry and cherry flavor, but it's shaded by umami tones of balsamic, leather and mushroom. It's intoxicatingly rich on the palate but balanced freshly, edged by delicate tea tannins. This complex wine shows its savory side elegantly. (AI)

JEB DUNNUCK
92

Jeb Dunnuck

A terrific wine in the vintage, the 2013 Chateauneuf Du Pape Cuvee Laurence is the same blend as the Cuvee Reservee yet spent another year in barrel. It’s a medium to full-bodied, fresh, focused example of this cuvee that has classic garrigue, ground pepper, violets, and assorted darker fruits. It shows the cooler, more austere, focused style of the vintage, has a great texture, and is old-school magic all the way.

WINE SPECTATOR
92

Wine Spectator

Mature, with smoky tobacco, bay leaf, menthol and savory notes emerging from the core of gently steeped black currant and blackberry fruit. Streaks of charcoal and leather line the finish, adding texture and length.