Plan Pegau, Vin de Table (declassified, as it does not conform to AOC regs, perhaps a blend from grapes outside the appellation with leftover AOC wine, or a way of disposing of surplus to AOC permitted yields, from Domaine du Pegau, Chateauneuf-du-Pape), no vintage given.
A GSM blend, 13.5% abv, natural cork closure, no lot number; Gauntleys, about £11.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – medium intensity ruby, showing legs.
Nose – clean on the nose, medium (+) intensity, developing, with an initial whiff of barnyard, which lessens and becomes pleasing, integrated with vanilla, spice, blackberry, blueberry, violet.
Palate – a dry wine, medium acidity, smooth integrated medium tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium bodied, with medium intensity flavours of black cherry, black berry, blue berry, with red cherry coming through on the finish; with a medium (+) length and clean finish.
Quality – a well made wine with good extract and a concentration of flavour; acidity and alcohol are balanced, though I think the alcohol is more like 14 or 14.5% than the 13.5 on the label, and are sympathetic to the intensity of flavour, the mouth feel is smooth with well integrated tannins, and a good length.
Comment – a wine that will not be consistent from year to year. It’s of good quality, made by a top producer, a useful candidate for a blind tasting. I will have another dozen of this thankfully, undervalued wine; the Domaine prices are an order of magnitude greater.