Plan Pegau, Vin de Table (a blend of declassified Domaine Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape and other owned vineyards), France.
This is a wine without geographical indication, aka Vin de France, the label indicating that it is the product of grapes grown only in France, together with details of the bottler. Theoretically it could be a multi-vintage blend. Domaine Pegau used the VdT classification primarily I believe, because grapes were partly sourced from outside the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation, namely from the department of the Gard, on the Rhone’s right bank.
This wine: a blend of grenache, syrah and carignan; 13.5% abv, natural cork closure, Gauntleys, about £13 (the mid-2015 release)
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing legs.
Nose – clean on the nose, medium (+) intensity, developing, with an opening aroma of warm raw steak, then red plum juice, black berry, lightly high-toned black cherry, violets, tea rose, dried rose buds, dried herbs, raisins, warm liquorice, and a whiff of warm oak and almond.
Palate – a dry wine, medium acidity, fine-grained medium tannins, medium alcohol and a medium body, medium intensity, with a smooth texture, with flavours of stewed black berry and black cherry, black fruit boiled sweets, dark plum jam, raisins and liquorice. A medium (+) length with a clean moderately grippy black cherry jam finish.
Quality – a very good quality wine, with a rich and ripe nose, and an attractive rich floral range underpinned by rich fruit, tertiary notes and deft use of oak, with some interesting complexity; finely balanced acidity and fine-grained moderate tannins are a perfect match with alcohol and flavour intensity; with modest flavour intensity and better concentration following through to the decent length.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: ready to drink now, has potential for ageing – to develop and improve over 2-3 years.