Domaine du Pegau Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Réservée 2019
|France, Rhone, Chateauneuf-du-Pape
|Domaine du Pegau
Dark red with a purple body. Aromas of black ripe fruits like morello cherries and raspberries, juniper berries, black pepper and garrigue. After several years ageing, the aromas will be characterized by plums, dried stone fruits, leather, fur and sandalwood. Round, rich and powerful with soft tannins. With time, it will involve into a more complex and spicy wine. This wine should be able to age from 5 to 20 years. Pair with red grilled meat, lamb shoulder with thyme and dishes of tapas and curry.
Wine Advocate 95-97 "The 2019 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Réservée looks set to rival the best examples of this bottling. Made up of approximately 80% Grenache, with 6% Syrah, 4% Mourvèdre and smaller amounts of other permitted varieties, it's impressively complex on the nose, with scents of black cherries, blackberries and black olives, plus mysterious wafts of violets and garrigue. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, it finishes long and velvety, a sure-fire bet for cellaring."
The 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée Réservée was hard to read and incredibly reductive, which is a trait I've never seen from this estate. Black fruits, licorice, and roasted garrigue are all present in this medium to full-bodied, structured, tannic, firm wine. It's a head scratcher, but hopefully I'll be able to taste this again next year before it's released. Given the quality of the vintage, it should be better than this showing.