Longtime favourite Châteauneuf-du-Pape producer Pégaü excels even in a lesser vintage.
The cool summer in Southern Rhône 2011 calls for a gentler vintage as compared to the previous, immediately preceding ones which have produced top-scoring and powerful CNdPs. To me, that is not a problem since the last years have seen CNdPs approaching 16 % ABV, which in my opinion is an unwelcome trend. The 2011 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée has an amazing nose of licorice, dark berries, bay leaves, cured meat and black tea. It was aired for a couple of hours, and its scent is so sophisticated and on pitch. Medium-to-full bodied with a velvety mouth feeling. It displays the toned-down intensity of a wine in great balance where the tannins are in perfect harmony. Every bit as good as 2010, 2009 and 2007. Cellar these three vintages and drink 2011 over the next coming years. Can temporarily be found at Franska Vinlistan at a very decent price of 359 SEK. 93p.
2009 Château Faugères was tasted in a previous post. A couple of weeks ago, I drank it again, and it is starting to come together. This is an unusually powerful St. Emilion. A blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Dense and chewy, where the tannins are starting to integrate, but need some more time to fully integrate. Dark cherries, chocolate, vanilla and mint. Full-bodied. Already accessible but could use another couple of years of calming down. Just a few bottles left at Systembolaget. 92p.
2010 Azienda Agricola Morella Primitivo Mezzanotte is a pleasant experience. I have had my fair share of lousy Primitivos, in particular at the start of my career is a wine geek. This is, however, from a producer of top-notch Primitivo reviewed in a previous post, and a completely different animal from your ordinary sunburnt Puglian Primitivos. Licorice, dark cherries and spices. Nicely balanced and shows no top-heaviness despite its 15% ABV. Medium-bodied. 75% Primitivo and 25% Negroamaro, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, I bought it a carlomerolli.dk for 108 SEK, but it now seems to be out of stock. Nice Sunday wine to accompany a pizza. 85p.