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2016 Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reserve
Domaine du Pegau Reserve is produced from 85% Grenache, 9% Syrah and 4% Mourvedre, Counoise and other varieties. The grapes are not destemmed, and the natural yeast fermentation is completed in traditional, cement vats before ageing an average of 24 months in old foudres.Dense inky black in colour with a very deep dark red black hue. Potent black cherry, liquorice and black raspberry aromas are complexed by elements of leather, scorched earth, dried herbs and blackpepper. Rich and concentrated on the palate with a muscular framework, opulent black raspberry, liquorice and black cherry fruits are underpinned by scorched earth, dried herbs, some meatiness, subtle leather and spicy pepper. Chewy mouthfeel with a firm robust tannin structure. Outstanding power with a long spicy, meaty aftertaste that has some grip to it.
Cellar 10-15 years.
Every year that I've tried the 2016 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Réservée, I've liked it better than the year before, so I've gone ahead and peremptorily added the + sign to this year's rating. Black cherries and licorice pick up a hint of chocolate in this full-bodied, rich, velvety wine that should evolve nicely for at least 12-15 years.
Joe Czerwinski - Wine Advocate (Aug 2019)
Deep ruby. Assertive aromas of black raspberry, potpourri and spicecake pick up a bright mineral nuance and a hint of cured meat with air. Juicy and impressively concentrated, showing real energy and spicy lift to the sappy red berry, bitter cherry, spicecake and floral pastille flavors. Fine-grained tannins build on the finish, adding shape and grip to lingering, spice-accented raspberry liqueur, smoked meat and licorice flavors.
Josh Raynolds - Vinous (Dec 2019)
Reminding me of a fresher version of the 2003, the 2016 Chateauneuf Du Pape Cuvée Reservée is another magical wine from Laurence Feraud that could come from nowhere else. I still remember tasting (and loving) this beauty from barrel. It doesn’t quite have the sheer over-the-top decadence of the 2003, but it does have more elegance, while not giving up an inch with regard to texture and opulence. Dark ruby/plum-hued with a monster display of Provençal goodness in its garrigue, lavender, violets, kirsch, plums, and Asian spices, this full-throttle, ripe, sexy Châteauneuf du Pape has silky tannins, flawless balance, and a heavenly texture. It’s going to benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and drink well for at least 20-25 years.
Jeb Dunnuck (April 2020)