Château Pégau 2013 Cuvée Lône Côtes-du-Rhône ($18.99)

Chateau Pegau

Clear, rather rich straw color. Appealing on the nose and palate, a blend of white fruit and a hint of something that reminds me of beeswax in the aroma, carrying over on the palate with good fruit – pears and green figs, maybe – with good texture, medium-bodied or a bit more so, kept in shape with tart, mouth-watering acidity. The claimed 12.5% alcohol seems surprising, as it feels a bit higher-proof, in a good way. Grown in Sorgues, near Châteauneuf-du-Pape, by the daughter of the founder of Domaine Pegau, it’s a typical Southern Rhône white blend of Clairette (40%), Bourboulenc (30%), Grenache Blanc (20%) and Ugni Blanc (10%), made with no oak and no malolactic fermentation. U.S. importer: Hand Picked Selections, Warrenton, Va. (July 12, 2015)

FOOD MATCH: This rich white wine would make a fine match with saltwater fish or richer shellfish, or grilled or roast poultry or pork; it sings with dishes made with aromatic herbs, as well as a range of hearty plant-based dishes. It was fine with a simple summer pasta of spaghetti tossed with butter, a little garlic, and minced fresh sage.

WHEN TO DRINK: It’s drinking beautifully now, and the winery recommends drinking it up within a year. I’ve found that some richer-style Southern Rhône whites can evolve in interesting ways with a few years in a good cellar, but I wouldn’t put a large investment into testing this.

VALUE: Very good wine, a good value at this price, which seems in line with U.S. retail prices listed at

WEB LINKS Importer Hand Picked Selections’ fact sheet provides basic information about this wine.

The Pegau page is available in French, English, Spanish and Chinese. Here’s a link to a Cuvée Lône fact sheet in English.

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