From an established estate purchased by iconic Rhone producer Laurence Feraud in 2011. It is just 2km south of his home in the Chateauneuf-du-Pape AC. The vineyard soil and climate is almost identical to that of the more famous appellation too. The vineyard is planted to 60 % Grenache, 20% each Syrah and Mourvedre. Vines are all 40-50+ years old. The winemaking is simple to allow the quality of the fruit to shine through – no de-stemming, just whole bunches fermented and aged in concrete then bottled young and fresh. The Pegau Cuvee Setier is a standout wine.
This is a wine that drinks like a mini Chateauneuf and for that reason alone you should buy it. Dried meat, currants, ripe dark berries, violets, pepper. The palate like the nose is intense, vibrant and dense. One of the loveliest finds for 2015 so far. It may well improve with age, but I’d drink this while my CNDPs are definitely doing that. Pork neck or something dense and meaty is required for this mini brute.
A step up from the generic Cotes du Rhone appellation. The wines come from villages that have proven over time, their ability to make consistently good wine. This is the first step to becoming a stand alone appellation. Particularly smart producers exploit these great villages even buying land before it literally gets put on the map.
Spain’s gift to the world. We know it as Grenache and I think everyone has a soft spot for it in some way. Almost too exuberant in expressing its sweet red fruits and high alcohol, it often needs a little bit of other wines to add moderation, structure and depth. Much like Abbott and Costello. Despite this the wines of Priorat, Chateauneuf du Pape, Rioja and Aussie GSMs have an amazing ability to age for the long term.