Pierre Péters, Champagne Cuvée Reserve Blanc de Blancs NV


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The Pierre Peters estate, situated in the heart of the "Côte des Blancs" in the village of Le Mesnil sur Oger, has been a family house for six generations and has produced Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Champagnes since 1919.

Champagne grower-producer, our wines come exclusively from our own vineyards. Our house currently operates just over 19 hectares of Chardonnay, mainly located in the communes of Le Mesnil sur Oger, Oger, Avize and Cramant.

Our family has developed from generation to generation, its own selection of grapes (mass selection). We have been able to maintain and age vineyards which are now 30-years old on average. Each year in respect of the environment, we adapt our cultivation methods to obtain healthy grapes so that our Champagne expresses more precisely the richness, subtlety and the elegance of the great "terroirs" of the Côte des Blancs.

Though this wine is in principle a constantly refreshed solera (half is the new vintage and half the previous blend; Billiot among others does the same), and though the goal is to mitigate variations, I find in fact this wine is quite variable, and I like it that way. What's in the market now is based on '06, disgorged 7/09. Coming up is an '07-based wine disgorged 9/09. The '06 is what I know as the "Peters flavor;" solid, earthy, like gnawing the bark off a tree, and with its typical orange-blossom and saffron aroma hovering close by. The '07 smells steelier, more reticent; higher tones, almost pepperminty; the palate is lively to the point of brashness. What will it become when it finds its bass notes? 

We are talking superb aromas: a riot of flowers, lobster and brioche. It's unusually ripe, dynamic and powerful, and also quite settled-tasting, with a long deep clinging finish. As good as many others' vintage wines, thanks in part, to a sensible 10 g.l. RS.


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