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New Releases of the 2019 Vintage
Chateauneuf de Pape

Domaine de Pegau and
Clos des Papes
New Purchases in Europe - ETA January
These two stalwart producers both offer characterful and classic Chateauneuf that are as good as any at their price-points. Indeed between them, they may meet all your cellar-needs for good Southern Rhones.

Domaine de Pegau Chateauneuf Cuvee Reservee 2019 - $55
Jeb Dunnuck 92 points Looking at the 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée Réservée Blanc from Laurence Feraud, it offers a very racy, more mineral-laced style that carries ample tart citrus, sappy green herbs, and crushed stone-like notes to go with a medium-bodied, vibrant, racy yet still beautifully concentrated style on the palate. Almost with a little Alsatian Riesling-like minerality and just a hint of petrol, it has bright acidity, and a saltiness on the finish (as well as serious length). A beautiful white, it will actually benefit from a year in bottle, and I suspect it will be very long-lived. I wouldn’t put 15 years of prime drinking past it. (Drink between 2020-2035)

Paul Avril, Clos des Papes Chateauneuf 2019 - $99
Not yet Reviewed

Paul Avril, Clos des Papes Chateauneuf Blanc 2020 - $89
Not yet Reviewed

Paul Avril, Clos des Papes Chateauneuf Blanc 2019 - $89
Jeb Dunnuck 94 points Looking first at the white, the 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Blanc from the talented Vincent Avril sports a light gold color to go with a beautifully complex, classic bouquet of lemon curd, exotic flowers, sappy green herbs, and crushed stone-like, salty minerality. These all carry to a medium to full-bodied white that has beautiful depth of fruit on the mid-palate, a bright spine of acidity, and a fabulous finish. This cuvée has a long track record of aging gracefully and it can be drunk with considerable pleasure today or cellared for 10 to 15 years if you’re so inclined. (Drink between 2020-2035)

 

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