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This Week's TUESDAY Tasting

Laurence Feraud of Domaine Pegau Chateauneuf
February 6, 2018

Robert Parker called Laurence Feraud "brilliant". Guests at last night's DeuxAve dinner found her charming. Putting on my critical hat, I found her as the French say franche et honnete, frank and direct, and also very, very smart. Those qualities made the Chateauneuf du Papes she made with her father, Paul, acclaimed by critics as among the top in Chateauneuf. On her own she has extended the range of Pegau wines to include a more everyday range.

 

Laurence Feraud

The wines are more solid than flamboyant, but lack nothing in precision.

        We'll taste Laurence's better-than-basic Selection Cotes du Rhone from the wonderful 2015 vintage.

        Merlot is grown on clay riverine soils in the southern Rhone where it will perform much better than the native varieties. Laurence artfully blends it with Grenache and Syrah to make Plan Pegau Lot 12-13-14, a rich deep three vintage concoction where the whole is far better than the parts.

        Maclura is a heady single vineyard Cotes du Rhone that in the 2015 vintage compares very well with many another growers Cotes du Rhone Villages.

        We'll taste a 2009 Gigondas that Laurence sourced at a friend's estate. It is creamy and rich as the vintage, very full with just a touch of Mourvedre spice.

        The pieces de resistance, will be the two Chateauneuf estate wines. The 2015 Pegau Cuvee Reservee, has the excellent verve and spice of an age worthy great vintage. The 2012 Domaine Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Laurence  is another animal entirely, a selection from that vintage of the estate that is given an additional 2 years in wood for a total of twelve , a wine to savor now, tasting not of wood, but with the sleek maturity that barrel aging provides. it is exceptional.

 

White

2016 Domaine Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reservee Very -Good Ecellent72; Mixed Case, 64.8; Case, 61.2

 

Red

2015 Laurence Feraud Selection Cotes du Rhone; Color: medium dark; Aroma: light fresh, juicy forward, soft; Mouth: juicy fresh rather pretty, firm, mouth filling juicy; Very Good 12.99; Mixed Case, 11.69; Case, 11.04

2014 Ch√Ęteau Pegau Cotes du Rhone Maclura; Color: medium dark; Aroma: clean light pretty, fresh rather clean pretty; Mouth: deep rather smoky dense full, fat, leathery fine tannins, smoky; Very Good Plus 21; Mixed Case, 18.9; Case, 17.85

Pegau Plan Pegau Lot 12-13-14; Color: medium dark, Aroma: heady rather soft clean firm, pretty fine acid, soft spice, Mouth: light clean smooth rather concentrated, racy rather smooth, juicy rather clean, fine tannins, dense; Very Good Plus 21; Mixed Case, 18.9; Case, 17.85

2009 Selection Feraud Gigondas Very Good - Excellent 35; Mixed Case, 31.5; Case, 29.75

2015 Domaine Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reservee; Aroma: heady warm, rather dense, clean, very rich, full, rather dense, very sweet, spicy and smooth; Mouth: deep rather dense, unexpressed, rather clean, fine tannins, very rich, young but not harsh, very full, very long; Excellent 107; Mixed Case, 96.3; Case, 90.95

2012 Domaine Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Laurence; Excellent $159 Special 129 Net

 

Feraud Everyday Case: 4 bottles each Cotes du Rhone, Plan Pegau, and Maclura $191

Pegau Estate Selection: 2 bottles Gigondas,1 Chateauneuf Blanc, 2 Chateauneuf Reservee and 1 Cuvee Laurence $412

 

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