Blend 30% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 20% Merlot, 20% a mix of old-vine Carignan, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Danlas, Alicante, Cabernet Sauvignon
TComing from our vineyards in the non-appellated Plan du Rhône and from the Château, this distinctive, multi-vintage blend gives incredible character and layers to a wine that is the “little brother” to my Domaine du Pégau Cuvée Réservée Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The grapes are manually harvested with strict sorting and then whole-cluster fermented in concrete. Each vintage blend is aged separately in a combination of 50% concrete and 50% neutral French Oak casks. The final wine is based on the base wines from 3 vintages that were blended together just prior to bottling. This rich, meaty red captures the essence of the Southern Rhône Valley, with layers of red and dark fruit character, soft supple tannins, and complex spice notes.
As an insider note, if you see the crest on the neck of the bottle, you will see a dial with hands pointing to 20, 14, 15, and 16. This subtle inference indicates the vintages that the wine is blended from (2014-2015-2016). As the AOC laws do not allow multi-vintage dating, this is a way to communicate the blend to our customers. What this particular blend does provide is an incredible value from 3 outstanding vintages and one of the best versions of Plan Pégau we have produced to date.
92 Points, Wine & Spirits Magazine: "Laurence Féraud blends Plan Pégau from eight grape varieties (leading with grenache and syrah) and three vintages (2014, ’15 and ’16, in this case). Fermented with ambient yeasts in concrete vats and aged in a combination of concrete and oak vessels, it’s a dark, spicy wine, with a complexity brought about by the marriage of fresh, plummy fruit and the darker, nuttier tones of maturity. It feels chewy in its density yet delicate in all its detail, balanced to drink now, with something gamey, like a rosemary-laced lamb stew."