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Pegau Alert: Order 2011 CDP Now! Smart Buy of The Vintage (93RAS)

Laurence Feraud, proprietor of Domaine Pegau.

Laurence Feraud, proprietor of Domaine Pegau.

Laurence Feraud’s top cuvee at Pegau, da Capo, was the 100-point star of 2010, but she never quits and squeezed something darn good out of 2011 too. An iffy vintage for some, but not Laurence. When I stopped by her cellar in Chateauneuf earlier this month, I found the ’11 Cuvee Reservee a beautiful wine with a detailed texture and more mourvedre in the nose, Grenache and the rest filling out the voluptuous body with dark cherries and plums. Sweet if not as expansive as 2010. How could it be? It’s not the 2010, Laurence knows that and priced it so that it’s a solid buy. You should have a few bottles of the 2011. They’ll get you through your wait for the once-in-a-lifetime 2010s (got a few of those available too!).

Buy 2011 Domaine Pegau Reservee, Chateauneuf-du-Pape


2011 Pegau CdP Cuvee Reservee
…a seductive, open-knit, precocious, sexy example with decent acidity, sumptuous fruit and delicious, mature flavors of roasted herbs, kirsch, black currants, raspberries, licorice and incense…. 90-93 points, R. Parker’s Wine Advocate

 

Big Beaucastel Love: CDP Red, White, Hommage, VV Roussanne, 95-100WA!

Vineyard of Chateau Beaucastel

Vineyard of Chateau Beaucastel

You love Beaucastel. I love Beaucastel. Beaucastel loves B-21. That’s no Barney; it is why we have terrific deals on a gorgeous selection of the Perrin family’s best bottles in all sizes, from 375 to double mags, and vintages from 2006 to the wonderful ’09s and ’10s. That includes the 100-point 2010 Hommage a Jacques Perrin, a once-in-a-lifetime 3-liter buy. Almost every time I’m in the Rhone I get off the A7 just north of Chateauneuf-du-Pape for a visit and a sumptuous tasting. Had a lush dinner there last year and we’ve often hosted the Perrins here; young Cesar was with us at Cafe Ponte in 2012 when the 100-point rating just came out. By the way, our romance with Beaucastel is not just for red wine lovers. The 2010 Chateuneuf blanc is a 95-point jewel of a white, plush with melons, nuts and exotic spices. The 2011 Vieilles Vignes Roussanne is 98-points rich, the most beautiful rendition of this old Rhone grape you can get. What a treasure trove: white, red, CDP and Rousanne, five vintages, your pick of sizes. All pure Beaucastel and all at B-21 bargain prices. A rare treat. My homage to Beaucastel. Make it yours, too.

2010 Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge …black cherry, new leather, licorice, pepper, and hints of flowers on the nose, this full-bodied, structured, yet surprisingly elegant and polished 2010 has fantastic purity of fruit, superb balance, and knockout length….
96 points, J. Dunnuck’s Rhone Report
2007 Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge …gorgeous aromatics (blackberry, cassis, lavender, garrigue and roasted meat), full bodied power, serious concentration and unreal purity. Very polished and almost civilized by Beaucastel standards…
96+ points, J. Dunnuck’s Rhone Report
2006 Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge Powerful, with a round, almost creamy core of blackberry and raspberry fruit all layered with cocoa, sweet toast, mesquite and fig paste. Long and rich through the finish. Still quite primal, with lots in reserve….
96 points, Wine Spectator
2010 Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc …displays the typical tropical fruit notes intermixed with rose petals, crushed rock, spring flowers and a rather exotic, somewhat tropical character, but tangerines dominate the fruit spectrum….
95 points, R. Parker’s Wine Advocate
2010 Chateau Beaucastel CdP Blanc Roussanne Vieilles Vignes …nectarine, mango, subtle smoke, rose petals, this sumptuous, full-throttle wine has unmistakable minerality, a skyscraper-like texture and an amazingly laser-like finish with incredible amounts of glycerin…
97+ points, R. Parker’s Wine Advocate
2011 Chateau Beaucastel CdP Blanc Roussanne Vieilles Vignes The Beaucastel 2011 Roussanne Vieilles Vignes is another remarkable wine. Think of it as the 2010 with more minerality and precision. It has astonishing richness and length as well as massive body…
98 points, R. Parker’s Wine Advocate
2009 Chateau Beaucastel CdP Hommage a Jacques Perrin …density, richness, precision and unreal flavor intensity, it reveals abundant gamey, meaty notes intermixed with smoked duck, Provencal herbs, blueberries, blackberries, kirsch and licorice….
99 points, R. Parker’s Wine Advocate
2010 Chateau Beaucastel CdP Hommage a Jacques Perrin …perfect… Inky blue/purple, with an extraordinary nose of smoked duck, grilled steaks, Provencal herbs, blackberries, blueberries, kirsch, licorice and truffle, enormously massive, concentrated…
100 points, R. Parker’s Wine Advocate

Pegau 100-Pointers Not To Be Missed Really Big Bottles!

Spent an afternoon with Laurence Féraud last week in Chateauneuf. Lots going on at Pegau! Coming soon is Chateau Pegau. No no, not Bordeaux. These are Grenache folks through and through. A Chateau’s property must be contiguous and that’s not what makes Pegau’s Chateauneufs great. Her parcels are spread across the CdP zone; a plot near Rayas, others in La Crau and Montpertuis, etc. Chateau Pegau is a recently purchased Cotes du Rhone estate located just south of the CdP zone, and it is really good. More on this later in the year. Actually the point I want to make is based on tasting the 2010 Reservee and Capo from bottle with Laurence last week. These wines do live up to the press, and are must-haves if you can. Check out the HUGE special bottlings.

 

 
2010 Domaine Pegau CdP Reservee

…Very rich with lots of Provencal herb, smoky, meaty, kirsch, black currant and blackberry notes, it is a stunningly viscous, thick and rich effort with a slightly more vibrant finish….

 
2010 Domaine Pegau CdP da Capo

…Notions of ripe figs, kirsch liqueur, cedar, Christmas fruitcake, smoked meats, charcuterie and beef blood are present in this staggeringly complex, rich, full-throttle, massive, intense wine….

 

 
2007 Domaine Pegau CdP Reservee

…dense plum/purple color along with a big, sweet bouquet of beef blood, grilled herbs, barbecue smoke, lavender, sweet cassis and kirsch and a hint of Asian soy. The wine possesses a fabulous texture…

 

 
2007 Domaine Pegau CdP da Capo

…aromas of smoked meats, Peking duck, licorice, lavender, aged beef, grilled steak blood, black currants, plums, sauteed cepes and soy. …concentrated, broad, expansive and massive but not over the top…

 

 
2006 Domaine Pegau CdP Reservee

…meaty, gamy character intermixed with abundant notes of kirsch liqueur, ground pepper and Provencal herbs, sweeter tannins than the 2005, a voluptuous, full-bodied mouthfeel, and a long finish….

 

 

Big Bottle Offering – Special Order Only

100 Pointer: Bodacious 2010 Beaucastel Hommage a Jacques Perrin

You’ve heard of legendary Beaucastel and have hopefully tasted how glorious the 2010 Rhone vintage is. Have you heard how the Perrin family who’ve been making wine at the 14th century domaine for nearly a century and scored a perfect 100WA for their ultra sensuous Hommage a Jacques Perrin? I tasted this cuvee last May at the property with Cesar Perrin, grandson of Jacques. I was blown away by the massiveness of the wine, and dizzied by its litheness thanks to the vintage’s bright acidity, the wine is quite literally perfect. Surging out of the glass with a nose of garrigue herbs, blueberries, truffles, and hints of smoked meat, the palate is truly stunning, with an enormity that has to be experienced to be believed. The finish… book yourself a room, you’ll need the night! Figure this beauty will last long enough to share with a generation or two. A flawless example of why “it’s a Rhone World!”

 

2010 Chateau Beaucastel CdP
Hommage a Jacques Perrin

 

…perfect… Inky blue/purple, with an extraordinary nose of smoked duck, grilled steaks, Provencal herbs, blackberries, blueberries, kirsch, licorice and truffle… massive, concentrated, full-bodied…

Brunel Rocks CdP: Save $60 Per Case

Andre Brunel and his Les Cailloux have always been a favorite from CdP. Love the way Andre, third generation vigneron, guides the grapes into gloriously Grenache-driven beauties. 2010 was an outstanding vintage, and Les Cailloux is one of the best I’ve tasted. Critics the world over adore this strikingly pure CdP, and so will you. Drinking wonderfully now, but built to last, this blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, and 10% Syrah has pinpoint whiffs of blueberries, black raspberries and that ever so lovely licorice/anise note that says Southern Rhone. This effort is densely saturated, thanks to deeply concentrated fruit, the result of poor flowering in the spring. While it bodes well for a superbly structured, prodigious wine for the ages, it comes at severely reduced yields that left fewer grapes on the vines, and created one seriously voluptuous wine. Andre said his harvest was down by nearly 30%. This loss of fruit means a gain in complexity in the grapes remaining but, sadly, it means far less wine to go around. Incredibly complex, with layer upon layer of gorgeous, fleshy fruit, all saddled upon a solid structure of super smooth and tasty tannins, born to drink well for decades. The 2010 is now reduced by $60 per case. 2010 is fading fast.

 

2010 Les Cailloux CdP Rouge

…offers up a spectacular array of spiced red fruits, garrigue, small flowers, licorice, and toast on the nose to go with a full-bodied, layered and perfectly proportioned mouth feel. …complex, seamless, and rich…

2010 Vieux Telegraphe CdP is Here! 97WA!

2010 Vieux Telegraphe, the legendary CdP discovered and imported by our friend, Kermit Lynch, is here! We have full bottles and magnums. I asked winemaker Daniel Brunier about the 2010 over dinner there last year, and he was enamored of the vintage and after tasting out of barrel. Have to say I agree with him. Not as huge or as buxom as the ’09, being more lithe and less boisterous, with more elegance and sophistication  unmistakably pure, precise, Vieux Telegraphe. Super sumptuous now and built to gain beauty with time for those with patience. You’re gonna want that.

 

2010 Vieux Telegraphe CdP

…bouquet of spring flowers, boysenberries, black cherries, black currants, nori… black olives, licorice and pepper. …full-bodied, meaty, thick, juicy… boatload of tannin, but it also has incredible concentration….

Legendary 2010 Pegau CdP SOON!

Réservée & Capo, Up to 100WA!

 

Chateaneuf-du-Pape fanatics know a vintage is exceptional when Domaine Pegau makes a Cuvee da Capo. Only 5 Capos have ever been made. The fabled ’09 vintage was not good enough, but the gorgeous 2010 sure was. Capo has received 100 points from Robert Parker every time, 2010 being scored 98-100 on his first swirl. Pegau’s Réservée alone is a banquet of old-vine grenache, loaded with roasted meats, plums, black cherries, figs and spices, wrapped in a warm texture of perfectly woven tannins and acidity. Capo is epic. A feast in Valhalla, dripping with cherry liqueur and dark chocolates. A precious and rare thing. The vintage was in the tanks when Team B-21 stopped early in 2011 and Laurence Feraud, the proud guardian of Pegau, knew 2010 was special. She took us into the small cellars, the studio of a master jeweler disguised as a garage, and climbed around the tanks to pluck samples for us. Feraud was then deciding whether the vintage would include a Capo. She chose wisely and got both a stunning Réservée, and from her oldest vines in La Crau that saw 18 months in large oak barrels (foudres), a stupendous Capo. Two years have passed and the 2010 Capo is imminent.

 

2010 Pegau CdP Réservée

…brilliant purity, clear, delineated aromas, and awesome focus and length. This full-bodied, rich, and layered 2010 will handsomely reward cellaring, and drink well for decades….

 

2010 Pegau CdP Cuvee da Capo

…Notions of ripe figs, kirsch liqueur, cedar, Christmas fruitcake, smoked meats, charcuterie and beef blood are present in this staggeringly complex, rich, full-throttle, massive, intense wine….

 

2010 Pegau Cuvee Réservée Returns!

Pegau’s Réservée is an old-vine Grenache feast of flavors, roasted meats, plums, black cherries, figs and spices all dance in a lush texture, a perfectly woven tapestry. 2010 was in the tanks when B-21 stopped in early 2011 to taste with Laurence Feraud, winemaster and mistress of the estate. The proud parent of Pegau told us 2010 was special, better than 2009. She took us into her small cellars, the studio of a master jeweler disguised as a garage, and climbed around the tanks plucking samples. Great news for the 2010, Feraud made a stunning Réservée. We are happy to offer you this delectable treasure again. Order now to secure yours at incredible pricing. An exquisite treasure at a rare price.

 

2010 Domaine Pegau CdP Reservee

…Very rich with lots of Provencal herb, smoky, meaty, kirsch, black currant and blackberry notes, it is a stunningly viscous, thick and rich effort with a slightly more vibrant finish….

98 Point Beaucastel Beauties – White Wines!

The Rhone Valley. We all love it, but somehow seem to think about the red wines, forgetting about the wonderful whites made there. Unfortunate, seeing how delicious the regal Roussanne grape is. The Perrin family knows a thing or two about its sumptuousness and eagerness to please the palate, and Parker appreciates that. Scored 95 and 98 points from Parker, respectively, Beaucastel’s CdP Blanc and Roussanne Vieilles Vignes are truly staggering examples of the heights the Rhone whites can reach. These wines deliver the quality and longevity of Grand Cru Burgundy. When visiting the Perrin’s last year, young Cesar served an ’88 CdP Roussanne Vieille Vignes from the cellar for dinner and my mind was blown. Unreal! Notes of honey-toasted almonds, flowers, pineapple, hints of wet stones and spring winds followed by a rich, lavish and layered palate, a finish with surprisingly fresh acidity. All this in its third decade. Imagining opening this near perfect vintage when perfectly mature gives me goosebumps. In the Rhone, the vintners will tell you to drink with impunity for 5 years after the vintage and then put them away for 10 years before thinking about it again. The window is open now!

 

2010 Chateau Beaucastel Blanc
…displays the typical tropical fruit notes intermixed with rose petals, crushed rock, spring flowers and a rather exotic, somewhat tropical character, but tangerines dominate the fruit spectrum….

 

2006 Chateau Beaucastel Blanc
Roussanne Vieilles Vignes

…wonderful honeysuckle note interwoven with marmalade, tropical fruit, peaches, and buttery pastry characteristics, and zesty acidity despite a thick, full-bodied, rich texture. …Extraordinarily rich and honeyed…

2010 Chateau Beaucastel Blanc
Roussanne Vieilles Vignes

…profound wine with hints of nectarine, mango, subtle smoke, rose petals… unmistakable minerality, a skyscraper-like texture and an amazingly laser-like finish… incredible amounts of glycerin and fruit….

 

2011 Chateau Beaucastel Blanc
Roussanne Vieilles Vignes

…another remarkable wine. Think of it as the 2010 with more minerality and precision. It has astonishing richness and length as well as massive body with great acidity. Drink it over the next 5-8 years.

 

Brunel Rocks Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Andre Brunel and his Les Cailloux have always been a favorite from CdP. Love the way Andre, third generation vigneron, guides the grapes into gloriously Grenache-driven beauties. 2010 was an outstanding vintage, and Les Cailloux is one of the best I’ve tasted. Critics the world over adore this strikingly pure CdP, and so will you. Drinking wonderfully now, but built to last, this blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, and 10% Syrah has pinpoint whiffs of blueberries, black raspberries and that ever so lovely licorice/anise note that says Southern Rhone. This effort is densely saturated, thanks to deeply concentrated fruit, the result of poor flowering in the spring. While it bodes well for a superbly structured, prodigious wine for the ages, it comes at severely reduced yields that left fewer grapes on the vines, and created one seriously voluptuous wine. Andre said his harvest was down by nearly 30%. This loss of fruit means a gain in complexity in the grapes remaining but, sadly, it means far less wine to go around. Incredibly complex, with layer upon layer of gorgeous, fleshy fruit, all saddled upon a solid structure of super smooth and tasty tannins, born to drink well for decades.

 

2010 Les Cailloux CdP

…offers up a spectacular array of spiced red fruits, garrigue, small flowers, licorice, and toast on the nose to go with a full-bodied, layered and perfectly proportioned mouth feel. …complex, seamless, and rich…

Extra! Extra! 97WA Vieux Telegraphe 2010 CdP

2010 Vieux Telegraphe, the legendary CdP discovered and imported by our friend, Kermit Lynch, is on its way and we’ve got half bottles, full bottles, magnums and even doubles for folks who want to drink this beauty with their grandkids, and perhaps even great grandkids! Asked winemaker Daniel Brunier about the 2010 over dinner there last year, and he was enamored of the vintage and after tasting out of barrel. Have to say I agree with him. Not as huge or as buxom as the ’09, being more lithe and less boisterous, with more elegance and sophistation, unmistakably pure, precise, Vieux Telegraphe. Super sumptuous now and built to gain beauty with time for those with patience. You’re gonna want that.

 

2010 Vieux Telegraphe CdP

…sumptuous bouquet of spring flowers, boysenberries, black cherries, black currants, nori… black olives, licorice and pepper. This full-bodied, meaty, thick, juicy effort… considerable weight and intensity….

Another Classic from Brunel

Andre Brunel and his Les Cailloux have always been a favorite from CdP. Love the way Andre, third generation vigneron, guides the grapes into gloriously Grenache-driven beauties. 2010 was an outstanding vintage, and Les Cailloux is one of the best I’ve tasted. Critics the world over adore this strikingly pure CdP, and so will you. Drinking wonderfully now, but built to last, this blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, and 10% Syrah has pinpoint whiffs of blueberries, black raspberries and that ever so lovely licorice/anise note that says Southern Rhone. This effort is densely saturated, thanks to deeply concentrated fruit, the result of poor flowering in the spring. While it bodes well for a superbly structured, prodigious wine for the ages, it comes at severely reduced yields that left fewer grapes on the vines, and created one seriously voluptuous wine. Andre said his harvest was down by nearly 30%. This loss of fruit means a gain in complexity in the grapes remaining but, sadly, it means far less wine to go around. Incredibly complex, with layer upon layer of gorgeous, fleshy fruit, all saddled upon a solid structure of super smooth and tasty tannins, born to drink well for decades.

 

2010 Les Cailloux CdP

…offers up a spectacular array of spiced red fruits, garrigue, small flowers, licorice, and toast on the nose to go with a full-bodied, layered and perfectly proportioned mouth feel. …complex, seamless, and rich…

100 Pointer: Bodacious Beaucastel

Hommage a Jacques Perrin 2010

You’ve heard of legendary Beaucastel and have hopefully tasted how glorious the 2010 Rhone vintage is. Have you heard how the Perrin family who’ve been making wine at the 14th century domaine for nearly a century and scored a perfect WA100 for their ultra sensuous Hommage a Jacques Perrin? I tasted this cuvee in May at the property with Cesar Perrin, grandson of Jacques. I was blown away by the massiveness of the wine, and dizzied by its litheness thanks to the vintage’s bright acidity, the wine is quite literally perfect. Surging out of the glass with a nose of garrigue herbs, blueberries, truffles, and hints of smoked meat, the palate is truly stunning, with an enormity that has to be experienced to be believed. The finish… book yourself a room, you’ll need the night! Figure this beauty will last long enough to share with a generation or two. A flawless example of why “it’s a Rhone World!”

 

2010 Chateau Beaucastel CdP
Hommage a Jacques Perrin

…perfect… Inky blue/purple, with an extraordinary nose of smoked duck, grilled steaks, Provencal herbs, blackberries, blueberries, kirsch, licorice and truffle… massive, concentrated, full-bodied…

Another CdP Blockbuster?

It’s a Rhone World After All!

Domaine Charvin’s latest stunner has flown across the threshold of beauty and created its special place on my palate. The 2010 vintage has been hailed as outstanding by producers and critics alike, but it takes a great house to not let the ripeness run willy nilly without focus. Charvin understands and their wine is all class, with a meticulous purity that begins aromatically and ends gradually and longingly. The concentration is stupendous, rich with red and black fruits, lashings of fresh lavender, notes of the stones that doe the vineyards, deep and meaty. Super tasty now but this lovely thing will be more than divine in about 10 years time. Get a case and chart its development over the next several decades. That’s fun and you’re gonna want some!

 

2010 Gerard Charvin
Chateauneuf-du-Pape

…knockout aromatics of sweet red and black fruits, lavender, wild herbs, and searing minerality that flow to a full-bodied, powerful, and concentrated 2010 that has awesome density and richness, yet also stays fresh…