Pierre Peters Brut Cuvee de Reserve Blanc de Blanc Grand Cru 750ml
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Champagne Pierre Péters dates back to 1858 when Gaspar Péters married Mademoiselle Doué (owner of vineyards in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger). It was passed down to son Camille who established the practice of harvesting and bottling only estate fruit under their own name.
In 1932, at the age of 12, Camille’s son Pierre travelled to exhibitions alone to taste out the wines and develop sales, which seems crazy young to me! At the death of his father in 1944, Pierre took over the estate and in 1946 bottled the first cuvée of Pierre Péters Champagne. François Péters (in charge from 1967-2008) expanded vineyard holdings to 43 acres. He also developed sales to France and abroad, making Pierre Péters one of the largest Grower/Producers in Champagne. In 2007, after twelve years of travel and work in different wineries including some in Champagne, Rodolphe Péters came on as winemaker and in 2008 he took over management of the winery. He increased holdings to 47 acres, focused on the winemaking and ameliorating their reputation and image in France. Currently 80% of their sales are within France.
The Cuvée Réserve is 100% Grand Cru Chardonnay with at least 40% reserve wine. (The reserve wine at Pierre Péters is, in effect, a Solera started in 1988 and contains over 20 vintages of wine.) With 6 to 7 grams of residual sugar per liter, it is on the dry side of brut. I really adore this wine! It is bright and elegant—in a word, refined. The delicate bubbles form a fine mousse, persistent yet pure, tickling the nose with aromas of citrus, and tree fruit and a hint of nuttiness. The palate is one of finesse with lemons, pears and acacia blossoms. It is a bit nervy—its marked acidity tamed by the slight dosage. There is a hint of saline minerality on the finish, which the Péters attribute to the chalky soil of its vineyards in the Côte des Blancs Grand Cru villages of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger, Cramant and Avize.