Châteauneuf du Pape, Southern Rhône Valley, France

Domaine du Pégau

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Proprietor Laurence Féraud

As I have written many times in the past, Domaine du Pegau is well-known as one of the reference points for traditionally styled wines. I have been buying the Cuvee Reservees since 1979.

Robert Parker

There is a secret in the knowledge transmitted over generations

Laurence Féraud

About Domaine du Pégau

Domaine du Pégau is a beloved icon of traditionalism in Châteauneuf du Pape, crafting wines that dually epitomize the Châteauneuf style of the Southern Rhône while being unmistakably Pégau. Long owned by the Féraud family, the estate is run by the charming Laurence, a Robert Parker Wine Advocate Wine Personality of the Year who was exceptionally well-schooled by her father Paul. Despite receiving six 100-point scores in less than 10 years, Domaine du Pégau is a down-to-earth specimen of Southern France hospitality.

Pégau produces three high-end red Châteauneuf-du-Pape cuvées: the traditional Cuvée Reservée, the special Cuvée Laurence, and the incredible Cuvée da Capo (made from the best grapes in only the best years). These wines are aged in large old oak foudres for at least 18 months in the case of the Reservée, and much longer for Laurence and da Capo. Two whites are produced as well — the traditional Cuvée Reservée as well as the exceptional Cuvée a Tempo.

Robert Parker of The Wine Advocate summarizes the house style as follows: “This superb estate fashions an old style, massive, unbelievably rich, rustic Châteauneuf du Pape. If you want to taste what the old-style Châteauneuf du Pape of the forties, fifties, and early sixties tasted like, buy a bottle of Domaine du Pégau. They are rich, rustic, sometimes massive Châteauneuf du Papes made with no concession to modern-day tastes.” Furthermore, he continues “I have long been a huge fan of this estate, and have put my money where my mouth is, having purchased all of Pégau’s vintages since 1979.”  Heady praise indeed from the world’s leading wine critic.

Domaine du Pégau’s wines have developed a cult-like following among savvy consumers, who adore their expressive style, unique personality and still-affordable prices for the quality and experience they deliver.

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Overview

Region: Châteauneuf du Pape, Southern Rhône Valley, France

Year Founded: 1987

Name Of Proprietor: Family Féraud

Name Of Winemaker: Laurence and Paul Féraud

Offer Schedule: Varies — wines are released as they are deemed “ready”

Cultivated Area: 29 hectares (72 acres)

Topography: 19 separate parcels, generally on slopes with east southeast exposure

Soil Types: La Crau:  sand – Escondudes:  pebbles – Montpertuis:  red clay with small pebbles

Annual Production: 75,000 bottles

Varieties Cultivated:Red: 80% Grenache, 8% Syrah, 4% Mourvèdre, 3% Cinsault, and 5% Counoise, Muscardin, Picpoul Noir, Terret Noir and Vaccarèse.White: 60% Clairette, 20% Grenache Blanc, 10% Bourboulenc and 10% Roussanne.

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