WHY WE LOVE IT
- The fruit is sourced from vineyards located in Sorgues, along the Rhône. Vin de Table (27+ acres) planted in deep, stony, clay soils.
- From vines averaging 35 to 60 years in age.
- Farming practices are organic, non-certified
Varietal Composition: 70% Cinsault, 20% Grenache, 10% Carignan.
Elaboration: Manual harvest. Direct pressing, with no maceration. 1‐month fermentation in stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts. No malolactic conversion. Bottled after 2 months in tank, under vacuum and with nitrogen to preserve freshness.
Tasting Notes: Pale pink/salmon in color, with peach, floral and red fruit aromas. Bone dry, with a crisp, mouth-watering acidity leading to a long, spicy, mineral finish.
2017 – 91 Wine Advocate
2018 – 90 Wine Advocate
2019 – 90 Wine Advocate
In 2012, Châteauneuf-du-Pape icons Paul and Laurence Féraud purchased a 100+ acre estate in Sorgues, and renamed it Château Pégau. It is an exceptional terroir situated less than 4 miles southeast of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Loaded with classic Côtes du Rhône fruit and spice, the wines retain the hallmark stamp and identity of Pégau.
It consists of 148 acres and a large rundown Chateau of 10,000 square feet. The vineyards include 62 acres of Cotes du Rhone Villages and 12 acres of Cotes du Rhone, with the balance Vin de Table. Laurence bought it and rechristened it Château Pégau. For the first vintage, she and Paul learning their way, they declassified most of the Villages to Cotes du Rhone. The red Côtes du Rhône carries the name Château Pégau Cuvée Maclura. The Cotes du Rhone Villages (15% of the production) is Chateau Pégau Cuvée Setier. These are complemented by a white Cotes du Rhone, Château Pégau Cuvée Lône. The wines are emphatically not Chateauneuf-du-Pape, nor are they priced that way. However yields have been kept to the absurdly low limits permitted in Chateauneuf, and the wines have all of the density of that great Appellation.