by Fred McMillin
for June 11, 1997
The Day Pegase Beat the French
The press and Clos Pegase Chardonnay...
"Well balanced and vibrant"—The Wine Spectator
"Truly world class"—The Wine Investor
The Rest of the Story: World class? I read those words six years ago, so I matched the 1988 and 1989 Pegase against more expensive French Chardonnays. When the ballots were counted, my 55 tasters had preferred the Clos Pegase over the French, 63% to 37%.
About that time, noted critic Anthony Dias Blue was describing the wine as "luscious with toasty pear flavors, great with food." It still is...a stout wine for stout food. The 1994 made an exciting companion for Chef David Mahler's Cajun catfish at San Francisco's Elite Cafe.
1994 Chardonnay, Mitsuko's Vineyard
Postscript: About the words on the label...
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