Châteauneuf Du Pape, Southern Rhône

Domaine du Pegau

Cuvée Réservé Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2015

Recent reviews by some on CT had me curious about how these were evolving so I had to check in myself and personally assess, you know, for science. Popped and poured; consumed over three days. The first day was OTT with red fruit and spices...but mostly the fruit. The spices, really sort of a one-note black pepper bomb, pricking the tongue, perhaps giving a glimpse of something more interesting if patience was exercised. Super clean with no signs of brett. I was almost taken aback because this was coming across rather ham fisted and definitely an outlier for Pegaü. I say almost. Two days later, I revisited the remaining half of the bottle and that’s when things really started to show off. Chewy red and black fruits were still very much in abundance but they were now more delineated and showing somewhat grainy tannins which seems much more pronounced now than they were on the first night. Think the texture of eating a mouthful of brambles. The spices that were teasing on the first night were stepping up to play a more pronounced role taking on more of a black licorice character with some lovely garrigue. Sound structure...though perhaps not as impressive as the 2016 Cuvée Réservée. Long, lip smacking finish though...and really delivering the goods! Based off this experience, I would imagine the best is yet to come for the 2015 Pegaü. If you’re drinking on the pop and pour, prepare for disappointment. These could use some time. I look forward to revisiting in 2025 and beyond. — 9 days ago

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Château de Beaucastel

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhône Blend 1998

Quite the difference from 2000 vintage I had in October. Powerful and intense requiring a lengthy decant, layered with both red and black fruits, lots of spices, hints of licorice and game. Finishes long with excellent depth and richness. ❤️ — 11 days ago

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Clos St. Patrice

Monopole Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend

Ted
9.4

Had to crack the first bottle. This is a monster. Cherry liquor, cigar, wet earth. Should be fun opening a bottle every few years or so. — 10 days ago

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Lucien Michel

Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 1998

A fav CdP paired to excellent Persian kebabs. Great fruit intensity for a 22y old. Nose of maraschino cherry, candied strawberry, blood orange, and mint. Palette - I don’t know! A lot going on and quite a lot of fruit still, and a stew of other complex flavors. Reminds me of a barley wine. Still has a background of faint, supportive tannin and acid. This may not get much better, but I’m not in a rush to open my last bottle. — 8 days ago

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Domaine Albin Jacumin

La Bégude des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2016

Haven’t had CdP in a hot minute! This one is very well-balanced, and the alcohol is well-integrated — you don’t feel the ABV at all (15%). Lots of bright red fruits and spicy nuances, plus I was getting some lavender. — 6 days ago

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Domaine de Beaurenard (Paul Coulon et Fils)

Boisrenard Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2001

Darker in color than the Charvin and Pegau. (More Syrah, Mourvèdre and some new oak) Tasty, but the oak detracts a bit. — 3 days ago

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M. Chapoutier

La Bernardine Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2016

Good producer, but this vintage is way off the mark. Fruit is flabby and structure is weak. — 6 days ago

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Ron R

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I’m taking wifey to Inn at Pound Ridge. Taking our own bottles, tho 💪🏾
Matt Perlman

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@Eric Bass Have you tried the Whelk here in Westport? Also an excellent list!
Eric Bass

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@Ron R Excellent! I was wondering about their corkage, seeing their wine list is fairly limited. @Matt Perlman I am not familiar with Whelk and appreciate the recommendation- I will be sure to check it out. Cheers gentlemen!

Domaine de la Janasse

Prestige Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2016

This is a beautiful wine that is both opulent in the breadth of Ira flavors and aromas yet restrained in its compact nature at this point. Clocks in at 14%abv and is filled with pear, white peach, candied orange and lemon peel and a lush wave of white flowers. Borders on being full-bodied but a delight to drink. Lovely now it will only get more complex with age — 7 days ago

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Domaine du Pere Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2016

A nose of vanilla and plum.

Cassis and tabaco, prune, preserves, licorice. Roasted fruits over cedar staves. This wine is a very solid C-D-P, with elegance and finesse, and just a touch of heat.
Such great wines. Lucky to find this one at a sub 30$ price point. Yum!
— 8 days ago

Sharon, Daniel P. and 7 others liked this
Sharon B

Sharon B

Vanilla and plum yum!!
Trixie

Trixie

Like your background for the photo. Another fine review!🍷

Domaine de Châteaumar

Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2017

Fantastic! Big fruit that transitions smoothly to an oak middle with a hint of toffee, and then finishes with an earthy tone. — 3 days ago

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