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Pegau New Releases
05 June 2017

Starting from small beginnings in the early eighties to becoming one of the most iconic of Rhône’s traditionalists, Pegau has built up an incredibly impressive and loyal following over the last three decades. The result of whole bunch field blends fermented in cement that are then aged in large old wooden foudres, with Grenache at its core, Pegau straddles that fine line between personality and finesse. At its best it is characterful and steeped in terroir whilst offering a distinct nobility. Challenging vintages, such as 2014, are ideal for revealing the finest terroirs and those vignerons who know how to best handle them. The 2014 Pegau Cuvée Reservée is a triumph: spicy but elegant, surprisingly energetic and full of fine red fruit.

Pegau’s other much-awaited release is the 2012 Cuvée Laurence. 2012 was a superb year, most notably of all, but not exclusive to, the southern Rhône. It was not a big crop, but qualitatively excellent, and this appears to be the case right across the Southern Rhône, particularly in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This is a vintage of very ripe and smooth flavours, incredibly silky tannins and great intensity. The summer experienced heat spikes, however the weather cooled down towards the end of the season, so there is a gentle pique of freshness in the wines. Comparing them to those of the next most recent great, 2010, the wines of 2012 are less racy but more generous and rounded. 2012 did not experience the same level of drought as in 2010, therefore the tannins of the resulting wines are much more pliable. The Laurence, after four years in barrel, is an alluring mix of “Pegau” spiciness and 2012’s seductive fruit.

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