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1990 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Laurence

Domaine du Pegau

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Average Score 92.5

Bottled at what I suspect is the whim of Paul Feraud, the 1989 and 1990 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Laurence were tasted side by side with the Cuvee Reservee. Although the Cuvee Laurence is no better than the Cuvee Reservee, they are more evolved, with more complexity from the extended cask aging. Ultimately, I think the Cuvee Reservee will surpass them, since the development of that wine will take place in the bottle, not in wood, but it is more backward and less evolved. The 1989 Cuvee Laurence is slightly sweeter, richer, and more opulent than its younger sibling. However, both wines are enormously constituted, thick, rich, classic, old style Chateauneuf du Papes the likes of which are rarely seen today. Both wines carry 15+% alcohol. They will be worth a special effort to find and purchase. |I reported last year that there was the possibility that a single vineyard cuvee would be made from a 5-acre parcel of vines planted in 1905 in La Crau. After giving this some thought, Paul and his daughter, Laurence Feraud, decided they would prefer to keep this component in their Cuvee Reservee rather than bottle it separately. Readers who like naturally made wines should also be aware that very little SO2 is utilized in the wines of Domaine du Pegau, and the vineyard is farmed organically.|This wine was tasted between June 1 and June 16, 1996.|Importers: Dan Kravitz, Hand Picked Selections, Warrenton, VA; tel. (703) 347-3471 and J. et R. Selections, Mt. Pleasant, MI; tel. (517) 772-3695 Wine Advocate.August, 1996

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