domaine du pegau, chateauneuf-du-pape, reserve rouge 2009
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.