Also brilliant, the 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reserve is full-bodied and concentrated, with classic Pegau wildness, beef blood, saddle leather and garrigue all emerging from the glass. Slightly lighter in color and weight when compared to the 2003, it’s showing some maturity and can be consumed anytime, but will without a doubt continue to evolve gracefully for another decade or more. (JD)
Aged for 18 months in old foudres and fermented with stems, the 2001 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservé, a blend of 85% Grenache, 9% Syrah, 4% Mourvèdre, and 2% other varieties, is a spectacular wine that should have a very long drink window. It’s meaty and wild bouquet of wild herb, tobacco, meat, roasted herb, and Pégaü spice is followed by a brutally structured, medium to full bodied wine that possesses solid concentration, a firm, precise texture, and a long, tannic finish. 95+
The 2001 Pegau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Reservée (magnum) was by far the most reticent and shut down bottle in this flight. Clearly a wine of tremendous potential, it needs time – and lots of it. Hints of smoke, leather, licorice and black olives lingered on the deep, powerful finish. (AG)
Saturated deep red. Superripe, utterly captivating aromas of raspberry liqueur, leather, chocolate, coffee bean, pepper, garrique, black olive and licorice. Huge and voluminous, with superripe, palate-saturating flavors of candied, liqueur-like red fruits, game, pepper and wild herbs, with a complicating saline quality. Exotic and larger than life. Wonderfully fat and full on the sweet, lush aftertaste. Perhaps a bit less tarry and more fruit-driven than the 2000. This will fill your entire mouth and then some. (ST)
Super, with ripe plum and blackberry fruit supported by notes of briar, brick dust, tar and bacony smoke. Rich yet racy, with a powerful yet perfumy fruit- and dried herb-driven finish. Shows a lot now, but built for the long haul. *Top 100 of 2004* (JM)
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