Chateau Pegau Cuvee Maclura 2019 750ml - Rhone, France
Wine Spectator 90 - A big-boned version, with warm fig, sappy black fruit and licorice flavors cascading across the palate. The firm tannins are just beginning to release layers of brooding, fruity, herbal mineral notes. For fans of the riper style. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault.
No de-stemming. The varietals were vinified together. Fermentation of 10-14 days using native yeasts, with 2 pump-overs per day. Delicately pressed and kept in enamel tanks until bottling. Unoaked.
From vines averaging 35 to 60 years in age planted in stony, clay-based soils. Harvested by hand.
“Maclura” is a type of Osage Orange tree (also known by the name Hedge Apple). There are many of these trees on the Chateau grounds, inspiring the name of this cuvée. Intense aromas of cassis, blackberry, and spice, with soft, ripe, tannins on the palate and a lingering finish.