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Chateau PEGAU Côtes du Rhône 'Maclura' Rouge 2017 (750mL)

Chateau PEGAU Côtes du Rhône 'Maclura' Rouge 2017 (750mL)

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In 2012 a large property called Domaine de la Jouve came up for sale. Four miles from Pegau, it is on the banks of the Rhone in the town of Sorgues. It consists of 148 acres and a large rundown Chateau of 10,000 square feet. The ~101 acres of vineyards include 62 of Cotes du Rhone Villages and 12 of Cotes du Rhone, with the balance Vin de Table. Laurence bought it and rechristened it Chateau Pegau. The red Cotes du Rhone carries the name Chateau Pegau Cuvée Maclura. The wines are emphatically not Chateauneuf-du-Pape, nor are they priced that way. However yields have been kept to the absurdly low limits permitted in Chateauneuf, and the wines have all of the density of that great Appellation.
 
"A blend of 60% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre and 5% Cinsault, the 2017 Cotes du Rhone Cuvee Maclura is a dark-fruited wine loaded with scents of black olives, cracked pepper and espresso. Sturdy and savory in character, it's medium to full-bodied, admirably concentrated and intense, with a dose of dusty tannins on the finish."
91 points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate