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Château Pegau — Cuvée Setier 2022

 

Description

Château Pegau is owned by iconic winemaker, Laurence Féraud, and is an exceptional terroir situated less than 4 miles southeast of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Classified as Côtes du Rhône Village, the Cuvée Sétier is named after an old fashioned measuring cup used for wine. Generous with pronounced tannins born from a blend of Grenache, Mouvèdre, and Syrah planted in hillsides on rolled pebbles. The Cuvée Setier is a character and aging wine.

Tasting Notes: A concentrated nose of cassis, licorice, black cherry and tar, with ripe, well-structured tannins, intense fruit, and a long, lingering finish.

Serve With: A food-friendly wine that is especially good with bold, flavorful red meat preparations such as pepper-rubbed steak and lamb with thyme.

Brand

Château Pegau

The brief history of Chateau Pegau begins with the long history of Domaine Pegau. There have been Ferauds (of French and Italian origin) growing vines in Chateauneuf-du-Pape since 1670.
Paul was one of four children. Feeling that was too many he decided to have one child, and hit the jackpot with brilliant daughter Laurence. Paul spent the first half of his career cultivating his 17 acres of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. 90% of the production was sold in bulk to top Negociants; the remaining 10% was bottled as Cuvee Reservee, thus the origin of the name for the basic Chateauneuf.
In 1987 Laurence joined her father and created the Domaine du Pegau. Born to grow wine, she took courses in both viticulture and the beverage alcohol business. She sold wine in Paris, but wanted to come home. Excellent at both winegrowing and business, it took her but five years to build bottle sales from 10 to 100% of production! Since then, her purchases have expanded the vineyards in Chateauneuf to 42+ acres.
Laurence does not have a single arrogant or snobbish molecule in her body, but she is restless and ambitious. In 2012 a large property called Domaine de la Jouve came up for sale. Four miles from Pegau, it is on the banks of the Rhone in the town of Sorgues. It consists of 148 acres and a large rundown Chateau of 10,000 square feet. The ~101 acres of vineyards include 62 of Cotes du Rhone Villages and 12 of Cotes du Rhone, with the balance Vin de Table. Laurence bought it and rechristened it Chateau Pegau. For the first vintage, she and Paul learning their way, they declassified most of the Villages to Cotes du Rhone. The red Cotes du Rhone carries the name Chateau Pegau Cuvée Maclura. The Cotes du Rhone Villages (15% of the production) is Chateau Pegau Cuvée Setier. These are complemented by a white Cotes du Rhone, Chateau Pegau 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.

Additional information

Country

Region

Appellation

Côtes du Rhône Villages AOP

Variety

Vintage

Wine Type

UPC

097871014069

Case Code

10097871014066

Vineyards

101+ acres of Côtes du Rhône Villages (nearly 62 acres), Côtes du Rhône (12+ acres), and Vin de Table (27+ acres) planted in deep, stony, clay soils marked by round galets that characterize the Chateauneuf-du-Pape region.

Composition

60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre.

Viticulture

From vines averaging 35 to 60 years in age, planted in stony soils similar to those found in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Yields of 3 tons/acre.

Winemaking

No de-stemming. Varietals were vinified together. Fermentation of 10-14 days using native yeasts, with 2 pump-overs per day. Delicately pressed and kept in enamel tanks until bottling. Unoaked.

Alcohol

14.5%

Accolades

91 pts "A step up, the 2020 Côtes Du Rhône Villages Cuvée Setier offers more purity and elegance, with a great nose of ripe darker, almost black fruits, pepper, leather, and herbes de Provence. This medium-bodied, pure, seamless, terrifically balanced 2020 is perfect for drinking any time over the coming 7-8 years." – JD, Jeb Dunnuck 11/2022 (2020).

Vegan

Farming Practices

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HPS SKU

PEGE032222

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