Semi opaque and ruby colored, the nose has medium intensity aromas of ripe raspberries, red licorice, red currants, bacon, dried herbs, dusty earth and toast. The palate is dry with immediate tannic grip, but not overly astringent. Red fruit compote, plums, herbs, meaty bacon, earthiness and toast from the oak all swirl around my mouth. It’s quite complex and nicely structured. Medium to full-bodied, the alcohol (14.5% ABV) is well hidden but contributes to the lushness of the mouthfeel. The finish is quite decent in length and not too dry, with just a smidge of lingering tannins. It’s quite young but very approachable, I would estimate a drinking window till 2035. It’s Sunday Roast Beef for dinner, nearly a perfect match. 94 points and 5 stars for this $50 Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre blend. Salut….
Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Reservee 2018, Rhone, France
12 Sunday Dec 2021