One of the few producers that I purchase each and every vintage. I find that Laurence Feraud’s wines are consistently some of the more interesting and enjoyable wines made in all of Chateauneuf du Pape; particularly when value comes into play. This bottle is my first experience with her 2018 vintage and the first bottle of a small tranche that I swooped up upon release. Popped and poured; consumed over 5 hours. The color is deep ruby with a near opaque core; glossy and gorgeous to behold. Medium+ viscosity. On the nose, this is classic Pegaü with loads of dark cherry and bramble fruit, a veritable hillside full of garrigue, lavender, black pepper, and something that reminds me of old books. On that palate, the fruit is equally generous, brambles and cherries, exotic spices, Herbs de Provence and a somewhat sanguine-like character to it. Substantial structure, though it seems to be a notch lower than the previous three vintages at this point in its young life. The tannins are very sneaky. Almost imperceptible for the first hour and yet, by hour four, they were very much making themselves known (in the Medium+ range). Acid is also Medium+ indicating these have an exciting life ahead. The finish lasts for well over a minute. All in all, another lovely Pegaü that will likely live in the shadow of some of the more heralded vintages in the last ten years however, that doesn’t mean this isn’t a stunner. Absolutely lovely stuff and I very much look forward to enjoying these well into the 2030’s. — 2 days ago
I don’t drink CDP when I do I will drink this. This is a pure Grenache via the Greek of divine origins. Nose is just gorgeous herbs. So complex and so detailed. A gorgeous plum and berry fruit. So intense yet refined and delicate. Heavenly nose. 9.8. Just stunning. Palate is juicy, complex and so so so stoney. Some heat as that is what is part of the picture here. But that gets better integrated as this cuvee airs. The nose off the bat is just an experience. Smell it while you let it breathe. Amazing sweetness, structure and tannins. Long. Elegant. Wonderful. — 2 days ago
A note from last weekend at the Gold Coast. Initially too cool from the fridge so left it for 20 minutes. Mid to a deeper yellow in colour. Aromas of Apricot and Quince with a touch of honey. On the palate - quince, apricot, pear - a mouthful of deliciousness and a flavour explosion - low acid. Texturally it is unctuous with the blend being around 80% Roussane. These vines were planted nearly 100 years ago and comprise only 3 Hectares. Needless to say the quantities produced are small. Must locate more if I can find. In summary a stunning full bodied white wine. — 19 days ago
Smells of a chocolate coffee cake -
Cacao, dark cherry, smidgeon of menthol, cedar wrapped red fruit leather,
The wine is heavy handed and starts off with high alcohol, it needs time to blow off in order to get a good nose.
Love me some C to the D to the P.
— 14 days ago
The wine has evolved much more than I thought it would. Color has dropped out significantly. Still a very good medium bodied rayas but drink now. Elegance of 100 pct Grenache still absolutely there. Drinking coche and reynauld next to eachother is a rare treat. — 5 days ago
Wow, je m’attendais sans aucune raison à un vin plus costaud mais pas du tout, un vin élegant et raffiné. Couleur très limpide d’un rouge cerise. Au nez, note de fruits rouges, d’épices, en bouche c’est fin, on goute la fraises, c’est quelque peu acidulé, des notes de Kirsh, tabac, du cedre. C’est plein de niveau de saveur, le vin évolue constamment. La finale est longue. Une tres bonne bouteille. — 19 days ago