Very few champagnes more eloquently articulate their terroirs than those of Pierre Peters.
About the Wine
Pierre Peters makes some of the most focused wines in Champagne - he works with only fruit from the Cote de Blancs (i.e. Chardonnay) and captures a beautiful balance of energy, fruit and power.
Made only in exceptional years, the "Spirit of 2016" is focused on floral characters, with some lemon zest and a racy texture. White peach and pears, with some crunchy apple too, and a slight brioche note coming through too. It's length is immense - the concentration of flavour here demands that this is a Champagne to be savoured and appreciated.
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.