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Domaine du Pegau – Cuvée Ella 2020


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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 is justifiably ranked among the greatest wines in the world.

Cuvée Ella is one of their premiere bottlings, from biodynamically farmed vineyards. Three barrels contribute solely to Cuvée Ella, with only 900 bottles produced.

Tasting Notes: Very intense nose of darker berries and bright spices, with a hint of of mexican chocolate. The tannins are refined and etheral when finishing with the minerality that touches the wine’s core.

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


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.

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOP



Wine Type


48+ acres red Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, other authorized varietals including Counoise, Cinsault, Vaccarèse, more). 3.7 acres white Châteauneuf-du-Pape (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).


95% Grenache, 5% Other Authorized Varietals


Vines average 25 years in age. From a biodynamically farmed parcel that features three distinct soil types: clay, sand, and galets. These vines are located on the eastern side of the appellation.


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. Three barrels contributed to the end blend, creating 900 bottles total.




100 pts, “A very perfumed nose of wild berries, black pepper, violets, thyme, nutmeg, bark and hints of spiced chocolate. Medium- to full-bodied with very fine tannins. It is suave and very harmonious. Such a beautiful touch on the palate with silky yet intense volume. There is tension here with a bright core of juicy fruits, vibrant spices and minerality. Vitality with an etherealness, with a very long, funnelled finish that goes on and on with some cocoa powder texture to it. Best after 2025.” – JS,, 4/23 (2020 vintage).


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