Wine Spectator 97
WS TOP 100 2013 Rank 7
"Intense, with the tarry, bittersweet cocoa–fueled grip of the vintage running through a well-endowed core of crushed plum, blackberry paste and braised fig. The muscular finish picks up notes of brick dust, pepper, warm chestnut leaf and smoldering charcoal. A throwback profile, with a hyperripe core of fruit—and it works. Best from 2015 through 2035. 6,580 cases made."
Robert Parker 96-98+
"The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reservee, which I tasted from several foudres, is essentially equivalent in quality, but it has not yet been bottled. If I understood Paul Feraud correctly, he tends to prefer the 2009, but says Laurence prefers the 2010. In any event, this is one of those “pick’em” dilemmas. The 2010 is a fabulous wine of exceptional intensity, tremendous flavor authority and full-bodied power. It is slightly more reserved than the more flamboyant 2009, but of course it is still in foudre. Very rich with lots of Provencal herb, smoky, meaty, kirsch, black currant and blackberry notes, it is a stunningly viscous, thick and rich effort with a slightly more vibrant finish. This magnificent Chateauneuf du Pape should age for three decades or more based on how well the 1989 and 1990 are maturing. This 2010 should be bottled early next year, and released in Fall, 2013."
Rhone Report 96-99
"More straight and clean, yet with rocking concentration and tannic structure, the 2010 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée is a beauty! Scheduled to be bottled later this year, it delivers classic aromas of black fruits, mineral, iron, and wild herb qualities on the nose, and what it lacks (at the moment) in complexity, it more than makes up for with brilliant purity, clear, delineated aromas, and awesome focus and length. This full-bodied, rich, and layered 2010 will handsomely reward cellaring, and drink well for decades. It is one of the most impressive Cuvée Réservées I’ve tasted."~JD
International Wine Cellar 94
"Deep ruby. An intensely perfumed bouquet evokes dried cherry, cassis, potpourri and smoked meat, with a spicy nuance adding vivacity. Rich but energetic on the palate, offering sweet dark fruit flavors and notes of candied lavender and anise. Chewy tannins add grip to a long, smoky and powerful finish, which leaves a bitter cherry note behind. Definitely built for the long haul; don't touch this wine for at least six or seven years."~JR
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Domaine du Pegau is an estate producer of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, owned by father daughter team Paul and Laurence Féraud. Laurence currently manages the estate and makes the wines. Since the 17th Century Pegau is recognized as one of the top estates in Châteauneuf, its wines are considered among the world's greatest. Unfortunately supply is far outweighed by demand. Pegau's vineyards consist of 11 parcels totaling 19 hectares among Châteauneuf's best 'terroirs' including 'La Crau'.
Pegau is well-known as one of the reference points for traditionally styled wines. One only has to spend a half hour or so talking with Paul Feraud, or his ambitious and brilliant daughter, Laurence, to understand that they will not make any compromises, nor change their winemaking or upbringing styles to suit the whims of the fickle consumer. This is an estate where the bottled wines often taste significantly better than they do from barrel. Fermentations are in cement vats with wild yeast. Most of the wines are aged in foudre, and bottled unfined and without filtration.