Domaine du Pégaü is surely one of Châteauneuf’s most iconic and prestigious wines. For decades they have been among wine lovers’ most cherished treasures. A proper Pégaü can be a life changing experiences. Earthy and savory, with a distinct meaty characteristic married to impeccably ripe and balanced fruit.
The critics haven’t been shy to notice, either:
"One of the bastions of traditionalism in Châteauneuf du Pape is Domaine du Pégaü, long owned by the Feraud family, and now run by the charming, talented Laurence, who was exceptionally well-schooled by her father, Paul. This nearly 50-acre estate fashions some of the longest-lived, most interesting wines of the appellation. I have been buying the Cuvée Reservée since 1979 and the greatest examples include the 1981, 1983, 1985, 1989, 1990, 2003 and the 2007." – Robert Parker
“These invariably show classic, traditional characters and are almost always good values. As I’ve said in the past, it’s almost impossible to have too much Pégaü in the cellar!” – Jeb Dunnuck
Unfortunately, with acclaim comes demand and with demand comes price increases. It is not uncommon for Pégaü to trade for $80, $90 and even $100. I’ve snatched up a heroic quantity of the 2014 for an unheard of price: $39.99.
This is a rare opportunity to steal a case of wine for practically half of what it normally trades for. My advice? Go long. Very long.
2014 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Reservée
“Deep ruby. Potent aromas of ripe dark berries, licorice pastille, woodsmoke, game and garrigue, plus a peppery nuance that adds spiciness and lift. Round and fleshy on the palate, offering intense blackberry and bitter cherry flavors that become livelier and sweeter with air. The very long, energetic, sharply focused finish features fine-grained tannins and subtle, lingering notes of dark berries and smoked meat.” 93 pts. Vinous
“A gutsy style, with a frame of brick dust around a core of steeped cherry, plum and blackberry fruit. The back end pulls in dried sage, savory and tobacco notes. The finish lingers over a singed chestnut hint. Rock-solid and unabashedly old-school. Best from 2020 through 2030.” 93 pts. Wine Spectator
“According to Laurence Féraud, the 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Reservée was bottled in November 2016. It's already drinking well, with charming aromas of potpourri leading the way. It's medium to full-bodied, rounded out by just enough cherry fruit, then drawing to a spicy, leather-and-silk finish. Féraud calls it her little Burgundy.” 92 pts. Wine Advocate