Pegau in Vermont
I forgot that during one lunch we opened a 2003 Pegau CNP Cuvee
Reservee and a 2003 Pagau CNP Cuvee Da Capo. The Reservee was a
delightful mix of old and new style CNP. Plenty of fresh, ripe
concentrated fruit but well balanced with red berries, black pepper, a
bit of smoky bacon and a bit of red meat. Nice linear tannins, not
too soft but far from being aggressive. A atouch of sage and green
herb on the finish. The Cuvee Da Capo was a first for me. It was
HUGE. Very Port-like in weight and flavor. Extremely concentrated
blackberry, blueberry, coffee, anise, cassis and vanilla. Quite thick
and a bit hot (the label showed it to be 16.5 ABV. I would like to
taste it again in 10 years.
We also had two mags of Stag's Leap Cask 23 from 1983 and 1985. The
'93 was DOA and was basically just tart acidic water. The 1985 was
dark and inky. Plenty of cassis and vanilla with a bit of mature
notes of leather and cedar. Quite good and years left.