90 PTS
PLAN PEGAU NV lot #2009
This is a red to sink your teeth into, savory with meaty, beefy flavor. The fruit, dark and fresh, is more a carrier of other flavors-licorice, spice, herbs-than the main event, every aspect knit tightly together by firm tannin. A blend of 65 percent grenache, 10 percent carignan and splashes of mourvedre, merlot, alicante and cabernet sauvignon from vineyards in Costières de Nîmes and nearby Châteauneuf-du-Pape (all 2009 fruit), it’s mouthfilling and delicious, the vinous equivalent of a good aged steak. Hand Picked Selections, Warrenton, VA.