Plan Pegau, NV

  Domaine du Pegau

A blend of 20 percent Merlot, Syrah, Carignan and Grenache and a blend of vintages, this particular incarnation being from 2011, 2012, 2013 – look at the clock on the neck label and you will see which vintages have gone into that bottling. As an untraditional blend and a mix of vintages this is a vin de table, and hence incredible value. For these are all Pegau grapes, grown in the same way as all of the others and made in their uncompromisingly traditional style. All whole bunch, and ageing predominantly in large old oak foudres with a small proportion in steel – no new oak. Bursting with character, open boisterous flavours of dark cherries, spices and herbs, gripping and hearty with great freshness to balance the full-flavoured fruit. A wine of incredible personality for the price.

Contains Sulphites.

About Domaine du Pegau

Pégau is old Provençal for a type of wine jug that was excavated from the 14th-century Pope’s Palace in Avignon and today signifies one of the world’s great wines. The domaine’s origins date back to the 17th century, but it was reborn in 1987, when Laurence Feraud joined the domaine of her father, Paul, renaming it Domaine du Pégau. Laurence presides over 18 hectares of red Châteauneuf in total that comprises several plots of vines up to 80 years old spread across some of the region’s greatest terroirs, including La Crau, Montpertuis, Les Bosquets and Pignan. Winemaking has not changed enormously since the 17th century; the grapes are lightly pressed and whole-bunch-fermented today as they were then. After fermentation the wines are aged in large old barrels for a minimum of 18 months, and bottled without filtration.

The wines are based on Grenache Syrah and Mourvèdre, though importantly the lesser-known cépages make up the blend – their vineyard in La Crau, for example, contains all 13 of the permitted varieties. Pégau does not make scientific, modern wines; these are Châteauneufs of great mystery and complexity that represent a passion and respect for t the vineyards and tradition.

Appellation: Côtes du Rhône

Côtes du Rhône is a huge appellation spanning over 40,000 ha of the Rhône valley, ranging from pockets of vineyard skirting the Northern Rhône appellations to the flat, arid plateaux of the Southern Rhône. Most of the production comes from the South from the Grenache grape, however the other Châteauneuf varieties are permitted too. This vast swathe of vine-growing land is as big as AC Bordeaux and makes huge quantities of low-priced wine consumed in brasseries up and down France. Alot of the lower priced wines are made in a similar method to Beaujolais, carbonic or semi-carbonic maceration, which gives light wines of soft tannins and aromatic, but often confected fruit. The quality of these inexpensive wines is usually bland at best, however there are a number of great wine estates from the more solubrious parts of the Rhône, particularly Châteauneuf-du-Pape, who make very good examples at a fraction of the price of their top wines. The vast majority of the production is Red, followed by rosé, very little white wine is produced. All but the wines from the greatest wine-producers are for drinking within 1-3 years after the vintage.

Grape Blend: Merlot | Syrah | Carignan | Grenache

A quintessential blend of Rhône varietals with a Merlot twist.