Pierre Peters


Pierre Peters Cuvée de Reserve |Blanc de Blancs |NV

Pierre Peters

Pierre Peters Cuvée de Reserve

Blanc de Blancs NV

$89.95

- Savvy and innovative grower based in Les Mesnil Sur Oger

- Great reflection of Blanc de blancs from this area

- Pair with crispy Calamari and herbed mayo

Rodolphe Péters loves the freshness and tension of 2013 even more than 2012, and likens it with 2008. It shines in this blend with clarity, precision and excellent lemon and pear freshness, flowing into generosity of crisp red apple fruit.

All the theatrics of his masterful reserve solera build out a backdrop of deeply layered, biscuity complexity. It concludes with well-poised acid line, with the magnificent, frothing mineral structure of Le Mesnil singing loud and clear.

The 2012 base is a tighter, drier and riper style of pear, apple and lemon, showing greater influence of the reserve in marzipan and biscuits, concluding with a touch more of the dry-extract effect of 2011 in the solera than it did on first release.

Technical details

50% current vintage, 50% reserve solera dating from 1988; grand cru Côte des Blancs; DIAM closure

The estate’s vineyards cover 18 hectares, about 17 of which are used for the estate's own production, with the remaining grapes being sold to the négoce. The majority of the estate's holdings (90 percent) are in the grand cru villages of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger, Avize and Cramant, and of Peters’s 63 parcels of vines, 45 are in Le Mesnil. Viticulture is environmentally conscious without being dogmatic, eschewing the use of insecticides and focusing on cover crops in the right parcels to manage yields. At the same time, the goal is to keep yields reasonable but not overly low. “We are not partisans at all of low yields,” says Rodolphe Péters. “If you have too much concentration, you lose the elegance and finesse that is the signature of blanc de blancs champagne.” Peter Liem

 

About the house

The estate’s vineyards cover 18 hectares, about 17 of which are used for the estate's own production, with the remaining grapes being sold to the négoce. The majority of the estate's holdings (90 percent) are in the grand cru villages of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger, Avize and Cramant, and of Peters’s 63 parcels of vines, 45 are in Le Mesnil. Viticulture is environmentally conscious without being dogmatic, eschewing the use of insecticides and focusing on cover crops in the right parcels to manage yields. At the same time, the goal is to keep yields reasonable but not overly low. “We are not partisans at all of low yields,” says Rodolphe Péters. “If you have too much concentration, you lose the elegance and finesse that is the signature of blanc de blancs champagne.” Peter Liem

 

Descriptors & Texture


Fresh Chardonnay Dominant

Winemaking


Perpetual Solera Solera

Earth


Mineral

Foods


Biscuit Marzipan Baked Apple