The grand cru village of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger is the source of the greatest blanc de blancs champagnes of all. Here, the name Pierre Péters exists in rare company with the likes of Jacques Selosse, Krug and Salon. Chardonnay excels in Mesnil's chalky slopes and there's no producer that covers the entire range like Pierre Péters.
The non-vintage Cuvée Réserve, sourced entirely from grand cru villages, is the reference point for the Côtes de Blancs. And the single vineyard, Les Chétillons is one of the most prized in all of Champagne. Today's offer extends from the current non-vintage release (based on the 2013 vintage) to as far back as the 2001 Chétillons.
*Quantities are limited, and orders will be fulfilled based upon time of request.
The transition from grower to grower-producer is never a seamless one. Pierre Péters historically sold all grapes to large champagne houses until 1919 when Camille Péters chose to bottle his first wine. Camille's son Pierre, only 12 years old, took an interest in the newly formed estate, showing wines at exhibitions in Paris. Upon Camille's passing, Pierre took control of production in 1944 at the age of 24. It was under his tenure that new vineyards were acquired, attention to detail grew, and the estate Pierre Péters rose in stature.
Of Pierre's two sons, Jacques went on to become Chef de Cave at Clicquot and François chose to stay at the domaine. The choice by François was not necessarily an easy one, as at this time the larger houses like Clicquot cast a large shadow on the more emerging grower-producer movement. Pierre saw fame and accolades while François continued to fight the good fight, honing in on improving his vineyards and working closely with his contemporaries. François was a founding member of the Special Club.
François's eldest son, Rodolphe began to focus on wine after initially studying marine biology. A close friend convinced him of the spectacularly rare gift that awaited him at home. Rodolphe earned an Oenology degree and an MBA before working in various aspects of the wine trade. He joined his father in 2000, and in 2008 he took control of production.
Over the last decade Rodolphe has taken the Pierre Péters to even greater heights. He's altered the blending process, adding in the perpetual reserve with the non-vintage wine. Today, wines are aged in a combination of stainless steel and concrete. All wines undergo full malolactic fermentation, buffering the acid-driven style of 100% Chardonnay from the Côtes de Blancs. The estate covers 18 hectares primarily in Le Mesnil (45 of 63 parcels), as well as vines in grand cru's Cramant and Avize.
The style is one that accentuates everything that's so cherished of the Côtes de Blancs grand crus. Laser-focus, finely-grained, and the echelon of finesse in the world of sparkling wine. With age both the NV and the Chétillons flesh out, revealing deeper layers and textures. Tangerine and green apple notes on release slowly inhabit flavors of butterscotch, walnuts, and brioche. Aging of NV champagne is highly recommended, as these are capable of transforming over many years without sacrificing structure one bit.
In 4000 Champagnes, Richard Juhlin sums up the estate well:
"Pierre Péters is a hidden treasure of Champagne . . . and the prices are laughable considering the quality of the wines.”
Pierre Péters Cuvée Réserve Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut Champagne NV
$63 per bottle.
Pierre Péters Cuvée Réserve Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut Champagne NV 1.5L
$135 per bottle.
2010 Pierre Péters Cuvée Spéciale Les Chétillons
$137 per bottle.
2008 Pierre Péters Cuvée Spéciale Les Chétillons
$179 per bottle.
2008 Pierre Péters Cuvée Spéciale Les Chétillons 1.5L
$399 per bottle.
2007 Pierre Péters Cuvée Spéciale Les Chétillons (pre-arrival)
$205 per bottle.
2005 Pierre Péters Cuvée Spéciale Les Chétillons
$219 per bottle.
2004 Pierre Péters Cuvée Spéciale Les Chétillons
$219 per bottle.
2001 Pierre Péters Cuvée Spéciale Les Chétillons
$219 per bottle.