|Domaine du Pegau
Now that it is in bottle, Pegau's 2018 Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc Cuvée A Tempo reveals itself as a rich, honeyed offering. Framed by tight, structural oak, this equal-parts blend of Clairette, Grenache Blanc and Roussanne boasts scents of ripe peaches and melons, accented by hints of caramelized pineapple, cedar shavings and toasted hazelnuts. It's full-bodied, broad and generous on the palate, yet somehow the finish comes across as refined, with enough citrus to provide length and focus. I'm a bit more suspect of its longevity than I was last year, but it should provide decadent drinking for at least the next several years.
Juicy, offering chamomile, white peach, quinine, lemon curd and shortbread notes, all laced with a verbena thread on the rich and focused finish. Shows terrific range and energy. Drinkable now, but should broaden out with a touch of cellaring. Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Roussanne.