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Domaine du Pegau — Cuvée A Tempo 2022

 

Description

Owned by the dynamic father-and-daughter team of Paul and Laurence Féraud, Domaine du Pegau has emerged as one of the most iconic estates in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. A benchmark producer of traditionally-styled Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Pegau’s bottlings are justifiably ranked among the greatest wines in the world.

Cuvée A Tempo sings in the bottle as a Cuvée of the 3 major white grape varietals of Châteaneuf du Pape. From biodynamic vineyards, equal parts Clairette, Grenache Blanc and Roussanne  are fermented then finished in concrete egg, stainless steel vat, and 3 year old French Oak barrels. An accompanying melody is suggested for the little sister of Cuvée Da Capo.

Tasting Notes: Vibrant, pale gold color. Complex aromas of white flowers, white peach, ripe pear, jasmine, and green tea on the nose. Round and expansive on the pallet, but with great freshness and minerality. Very long on the finish.

Serve With: Excellent with flavorful shellfish dishes (like lobster and scallops), especially with prepared with rich elements like cream and truffles…

Brand

Domaine du Pegau

Owned by father and daughter team Paul and Laurence Féraud, Domaine du Pégau is one of the great estates in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The benchmark producer of traditionally-styled Châteauneuf, Pégau is justifiably ranked among the greatest wines in the world.
The Férauds have been growing vines in Châteauneuf-du-Pape since 1670, with titles to their earliest vineyards dating back to 1733. They also grew cherries and olives. Laurence’s great-grandparents and grandparents (Elvire & Léon Féraud) expanded total farmed acreage to 54. Paul, the youngest of four children, began working full time for the family business at age 14. The Férauds sold most of their production in bulk to top négociants (Jaboulet-Aine, David & Foillard, Guigal), but in 1964, Paul decided to sell 5,000 bottles under his own label. The era of estate bottling had begun.
The only child of Paul and Odette, Laurence studied business and marketing in Paris, and after various jobs in wines sales, returned to Châteauneuf-du-Pape to help manage the family estate. Laurence was full of ideas, and to differentiate themselves, proposed creating a family domaine with a unique name and label. She and Paul launched Domaine du Pégau in 1987, naming the estate after the terracotta jugs used in the Pope’s summer residence that gave the village its name. At that time, the domaine had only 17 acres of vines and much of the production was still sold in bulk. In the years that followed, Laurence gradually took on more responsibility, bought top old vineyards when available and built a new winery. She increased sales by expanding exports, and the profits were reinvested. The totality of the 1990 vintage was sold in bottle, and by this time Pégau had gained renown as one of the top domaines in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
Though the estate has scaled great heights and now includes nearly 52 acres under vine, it is a hallmark that the winegrowing remains deeply traditional and has changed very little in the past 150 years.

Additional information

Country

Region

Appellation

Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOP

Variety

Vintage

Wine Type

UPC

097871014694

Case Code

20097871014698

Vineyards

48+ acres red Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, other authorized varietals including Counoise, Cinsault, Vaccarèse, more). 3.7 acres white CdP (Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc, Roussanne), nearly 20 acres of red Vin de Table. CdP vineyards are located in the communes of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Courthézon (La Crau), and Bédarrides (Cabanes de Saint Jean and Les Escondudes).

Composition

33.33% Clairette, 33.33% Grenache blanc, 33.33% Roussanne

Viticulture

Vines average 25 years in age. From a biodynamically farmed parcel that features three distinct soil types: clay, sand, and galets.

Winemaking

Manual harvest with very strict sorting. The free run juice was cold-settled for 24 hours, run into 3 year old, french oak barrels from Guigal, and allowed to ferment naturally with indigenous yeasts. The press juice was fermented in a stainless steel tank and concrete egg. The three lots (representing about 1/3 each of the blend) were combined and bottled in May 2021 after 18 months total maturation. No malolactic conversion.

Alcohol

14.5%

Accolades

98 pts, “Not yet bottled, the tiny production 2021 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvee A Tempo Blanc comes from one-third each of Clairette, Roussanne, and Grenache Blanc. It's another mineral-driven beauty that shows the cooler, fresher style of the vintage in its lime, honeyed mineral, and white flower-driven aromas and flavors. It's medium to full-bodied, has a chiseled, focused mouthfeel, bright acidity, and a great finish.” – JD, JebDunnuck.com, 11/22 (2022 vintage).
95 Pts, "This remarkable and highly structured white Chateauneuf is self-confidently full-bodied, but also extremely bright. The mineral acidity really reminds me of riesling and chenin blanc, and it gives the wine a dramatic kick at the intensely salty and candied citrus finish. A cuvee composed of one third each clairette, roussanne and grenach blanc that was matured in concrete eggs and old barrique casks. Drink from release." Stuart Pigott, jamessuckling.com, 6/2024 (2022 Vintage)
98 pts – JD, JebDunnuck.com, 11/21 (2019 vintage).
96 pts – JD, JebDunnuck.com, 10/20 (2018 vintage).
97 pts – JD, JebDunnuck.com, 8/19 (2017 vintage).
94 pts – Decanter, 12/17 (2016 vintage).
(94-96) pts – JebDunnuck.com, 10/17 (2016 vintage).
94 pts – JR, Vinous Media, 6/17 (2015 vintage).
94 pts – JD, The Wine Advocate, 10/16 (2015 vintage).
95 pts – JR, Vinous Media, 4/16 (2014 vintage).
95 pts – JD, The Wine Advocate, 10/15 (2014 vintage).

Vegan

Farming Practices

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HPS SKU

PEGA061222

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