Very few champagnes more eloquently articulate their terroirs than those of Pierre Peters.
About the Wine
The "Chetillon" is sourced entirely from Les Mesnil sur Oger, which is one the highest quality sites in Champagne. The vines range from 40 to 70 years old, which add a concentration of flavour to the fruit well before harvest. They are harvested in three parcels and fermented separately, and the wine sees 6 years on lees before disgorgement.
This Champagne is a statement. The aromas which escape from opening the bottle are densely concentrated - you know that this is something special from the get go. It's refined and powerful, but so well balanced and poised at the same time. Toasted nuts, white peach and nectarine all come through, with orange blossoms and white pepper. Champagne's classic chalky texture holds this all together and makes it a very special drink indeed.
About Pierre Peters
Pierre Peters is a small house whose vineyards are located in the heart of the Cotes de Blancs. Winemaking began here in 1919, and they have only 19 hectares of Chardonnay vines, 16 of which are Grand Cru. Production is, needless to say, limited.
Rodolphe Peters took over winemaking in 2007 and is responsible for the cult-like status this small house has achieved. All the wines are blended into a 'master solera' and the non vintage wines are, in general, 50% current vintage and 50% a solera blend dating back to 1988. This builds a range of flavours and is, in part, why the wines of Pierre Peters are so unique.
Like many Grower Champagnes, the wines are focused on terroir. Pierre Peters highlights the saline minerality of the Cotes de Blancs. Found throughout the range, it is easy to see why the wines are in high demand.