An exploration of wine

546. Domaine du Pegau, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réserve, 2006

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Book 3 Wine 546

€13.20; 14%

The first bottle of this left me a bit ‘meh’, but the second, served on its own, showed real interest & quality. Phew! I’ll leave the 3rd for 3-5 years I think. Medium ruby-garnet. Complex, expressive nose! Med+ intensely baked blackberry / plum, mocha, herb / bitter ‘garrigue’ & meaty / grilled hints. Pepper spice, Demerara / burnt sugar & some old leather. Juicy, plummy, slightly baked fruit flavour, with cocoa & oak spice notes. Med+ tannins surprise you at the long finish. Good structure, albeit a touch grainy. Leave a bit to improve further!

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