A beautiful example of the sensuousness and elegance that Châteauneuf-du-Pape can pull off when done right, came in a magnum of 1998 Domaine du Pegau. This bottle had aged beautifully - it was at the perfect moment between delicious integrated maturity and youthful freshness. A real delight; delicate hints of classic white pepper spice and aging red fruits, and pleasantly unaffected by the barnyardiness that some old Châteauneuf wines can develop. Soft but adequate acidity and smooth harmonised tannins gave just the right structure to the silky mouthfeel. A classic example of cleanly made, well aged Châteauneuf.