Domaine Du Pegau

Domaine du Pegau

Cuvée Réservée Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2009

Sweaty Animals? Yes please

DAY 1
👃Complex. Distinctive. Amazing. Charcoal, pepper, sweet dark cherries, smoke, barnyard, sweaty animals, earth, garrigue & violets
👅Full bodied. Complex. Balanced. Purple/red fruit, thyme, licorice & pepper. Silky. Finishes with mod+ tannic pull. Delicious
Note: With time in the glass the nose and palate lost some focus and animation. Still drinking well but probably lost 2-3 points

The remaining wine was Slow Decanted in my refrigerator

DAY 12
Slow Decanting this wine did not improve this wine. Just as with Day 1, letting the wine aerate resulted in less intensity. The wine did not develop any faults and was still a very nice glass. It just wasn’t the firecracker it was on first pour

Verdict: A fantastic wine. It was best as soon as it was poured on Day 1. I would not decant this wine or give it extra time in the glass.

Question: I have noticed this with many CdPs in the past. They do not do well with aeration. And it seems particularly true of wines with more structure. Anyone else notice this?
— 10 days ago

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Pinotman /// Andreas

Pinotman /// Andreas

I usually do not decant nor keep older wines to drink later. Some decade old wines fall apart in minutes. Like a 1975 Cab inhaftiert some time back.
Brent Young

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@Pinotman /// Andreas Very true that older wines can fall apart, even in minutes. And some young wines will shut down if they are aerated too much.
Every wine has a sweet spot for oxygenation and Slow Decanting is a tool for finding that spot. Especially helpful for wines that are “closed” on opening and can become more expressive with a small amount of oxygenation🍷🍷
Thanks for your comments 👍

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Doesn’t sound weird at all… recognizable
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I ran out of room a decade ago, now most is off-site and my wallet feels the annual penance.
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@Severn Goodwin I’m resisting