Pierre Peters, Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Cuvée Spéciale Les Montjolys, 2012

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"Here in its first release, the 2012 Blanc de Blancs Cuvée Spéciale Les Montjolys takes all of Pierre Péters signatures and gives them an extra kick of intensity that comes from the higher percentage of clay and generally heavier soils in this parcel, which sits just below Les Chétillons. Ample and explosive, with tremendous backing energy, the Montjolys has so much going on. Orange marmalade, spice, butter, hazelnut and lemon confit are front and center. More than anything else, the Les Montjolys possesses tons of breadth and resonance, not to mention considerable character. The Péters family owns three hectares across seven parcels in Montjolys, that form the backbone of the Cuvée de Réserve. This is the first release of pure Montjolys from Pierre Péters, and it is fabulous. Dosage is 3.5 grams per liter. Disgorged: November, 2018." - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

Pierre Péters Champagnes have been grower-champions of the Cote des Blancs for over a century now. The current vigneron, Rodolphe Péters, has carried on its storied tradition, elevating its reputation even higher. Today we have venerable cornucopia of bottlings, although in minuscule amounts.

His 20 hectares, spread across the grand crus of Mesnil-Sur-Oger, Oger, Cramant, Chouilly and Avize, are worked with care and precision. Top soils are so thin above their chalky bedrock that he doesn't till and instead plants cover crops to keep their integrity. The majority of his work is in the vineyards, where he has had such success he now consults for other growers across the region.

These are wines you can drink now, for sure, but they are also perfect additions to a cellar of cutting-edge Champagnes. They age beautifully!

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Pierre Peters

Less than a decade back the grower champagne movement still seemed ‘underground’ and only in its infancy. Fast forward to today - thanks to social media, a handful of devoted importers, and more informed wine drinkers, they are finally gaining well deserved attention. If you weren’t aware of the phenomenon, a ‘grower’ is someone that owns and farms their vineyards in addition to making all their champagnes.

One of the stars that has risen is none other than Pierre Peters. Rodolphe Peters is a 4th generation winemaker in his family and took over the estate in 2008, presiding over some of the most coveted land in all of Champagne – Les Mesnil sur Oger. While driving through the Cote des Blancs, it’s difficult not to be mesmerized by all the beautifully tended vines, but what is so special about Mesnil is the soil structure.

Composed of mainly limestone and chalk, and we’re talking A LOT of chalk. In fact, the soil is so chalky that some of the producers use pieces of it to write and mark on their barrels! How this kind of soil affects the wine is almost a magical mineral lift that you can only get from these parcels. The balancing act of marrying fruit, acid and minerality in champagne is no trifling task and Rodolphe Peters is someone that has seemingly mastered this. Careful work in the vineyard and cellar ensures the purest expression of Chardonnay and all of his wines go through malolactic fermentation due to their naturally high acidities.

Details

  • Country

    France

  • Region

    Champagne

  • Grape Variety

    Chardonnay

  • Vintage

    2012

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Sustainable

  • Style

    Crisp , Elegant , Minerally

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Medium Bodied