We seem to be traditionalists at heart, if you look at our favourite Barolos, Burgundies, Brunellos . It's the same with Chateauneuf-du-Pape and which Domaine is more trad than Pegau? Under Laurence Feraud these vineyards have a great history of producing elegant, relaxed, old-school wines. They've never had their focus on power, but on character and terroir expression. Laurence prefers a cool vintage - one of her favourites is 2008 and she's on a mission to convince people that this style and not the hot years is the way forward. She's also traditional in her pricing, offering tremendous value for her outstanding wines.
2017 in the Southern Rhône has turned out to be very good indeed. If you look at elements of the season the challenges look daunting, yet they combined to make possible a lot of very lovely wines. In the Spring cold, wet May weather badly affected the Grenache flowering like in 2013 and cut yields considerably: up to 40%. But the increased proportion of Mourvèdre, Syrah and other varieties has made arguably more interesting wines. The low yield also enabled the fruit to ripen properly despite the drought that characterised the summer.
We'd think of this vintage as a cross between 2015 and 16, with the density and opulence of 16 beautifully supported by the structure you find in the 15s. The wine has lovely floral notes with dark fruit flavours and intensity. And remember in 2017 there's no Cuvée da Capo so all the top sites and fruit are in this rather compelling and complete Chateauneuf-du-Pape. It'll be a good early drinker with the ability to make old bones and at an irresistible price. /CW
Offered subject to remaining unsold; available Autumn 2020
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