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When you have incredible terroir, all the work is done in the vineyard. Laurence Feraud of Domaine du Pégau is custodian of about 18 hectares of red varietals and guides the fruit from vineyard to bottle to produce one of Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s most traditionally styled reds which is robust, concentrated and richly aromatic. The 2019 vintage of the flagship Cuvée Réservée is at the heart of our offer today, accompanied by the irresistible and terrific value Plan Pégau multi-vintage blend.

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Laurence Féraud breathed new life into the family estate when she joined her father Paul in 1987 to care for their plots of 80-odd-year-old vines which are planted in some of Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s most treasured terroirs, including La Crau, Montpertuis, Les Bosquets and Pignan. The estate dates back to the 17th century but its powerful reputation begins with Laurence who renamed it Domaine du Pégau.

The flagship red, the Châteauneuf-du-Pape ”Cuvée Réservée”, is mostly Grenache noir blended with Syrah and Mourvèdre and the balance made up of other permitted varietals (there are thirteen in total in the appellation). Laurence is well aware of the quality of vineyard plots she possesses. Pégau does not manufacture wines. These are Châteauneuf wines that speak of their location in whispered tones of mystery and complexity. These are wines of passion, hard work and respect for nature and tradition.

Grapes are harvested exclusively by hand and once in the winery, they are fermented without being destemmed. Following a two-week maceration in concrete tanks, the wine is racked off into old 50-hectolitre oak foudres where it is left for up to 24 months. Fermentation is left to occur spontaneously and only natural yeasts are used.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Reservée 2019
R 795 per bottle

”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.”
95-97 points | Joe Czerwinski for Wine Advocate (May 2022)

The ever-popular ”Plan Pégau” is also available here today. The wine falls under the négociant label, Château Pégau. This is always a multi-vintage blend and the current release is a blend of 2017, 2018 and 2019 from declassified Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyards.

Plan Pégau multi-vintage
R 195 per bottle

We are nearing the middle of the year already and winter is definitely here. Stock up on some Plan Pégau for everyday chilly-weather-drinking and keep some Châteauneuf stashed away for a bit. Both wines offer excellent value for the quality in their respective categories from one of the region’s best producers.