The Best Reservee Ever? - 2010 Pegau Chateauneuf Cuvee Reservee

Posted by Robert Schagrin

The Best Réservée Ever?
2010 Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Cuvée Réservée
Lowest Price in the Nation

Whew! We're still digging ourselves out of orders from Friday's 2008 Pégau Réservée.

Today, we move forward from Pégau's value vintage to their trophy vintage, 2010 Réservée.

2010 is a HUGE vintage for Pégau's Réservée.

Judging from Robert Parker's barrel tasting, 2010 Réservée could very well be the best edition of this cuvée ever.

One thing is certain, Pégau's 2010 Réservée will go down in the books as one of the most monumental wines this long standing elite domaine has released.

As we said on Friday, Pégau is one of those quality obsessed estates that just doesn't miss. However, in 2010 they did a lot more than that - they hit the bull's-eye!

We're happy to offer Pégau's 2010 at the lowest price in the nation.

While many people covet the super Cuvée da Capo from Pegau, I believe the true value at this estate rests with the Cuvee Reservee. If I ever needed ammunition to back this up, 2010 is about as good as it gets.

A long-time benchmark of Châteauneuf, Pégau has seemed to go from strength-to-strength with each vintage for the past twenty years. What makes 2010 a standout is the energy, the acidity... the verve. In 2010, you have power and concentration married to elegance, ripeness allied with brightness and agility.

2010 is a very special vintage in the Southern Rhone. Robert Parker captures this very well when he writes: "In fact, 2010's paradox is that I can’t remember a vintage so concentrated, powerful and rich that also has such zesty acidity. It is also a vintage of high, but very refined tannins. The combination of high tannins and acidity with concentration promises for a very long-lived vintage."

2010 is such an important vintage at Pégau because it showcases what separates Pégau from so many other great producers in the Rhone in a way no other recent vintage has: it highlights the perfection of the underlying balance that they achieve. Gorgeous, luxurious fruit is disciplined by a rigorous structure. The Réservée is one of those rare Rhones that dances across the palate with finesse, while crushing your palate with concentration.

Parker writes that Pégau is: "One of the bastions of traditionalism in Chateauneuf du Pape... This nearly 50-acre estate fashions some of the longest-lived, most interesting wines of the appellation."

That sums it up nicely.

It's very unlikely that you'll see better pricing than what's on offer today. For Châteauneuf fans, for Pégau fans, 2010 Réservée is not to be missed.

To order, please email us at or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Robert Schagrin
Managing Partner
Crush Wine & Spirits