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Pierre Peters ‘La Perle’ Blanc de Blancs Champagne

25 October,2017
The Pierre Peters Champagnes have a strong presence, somewhat disproportional to the size of the estate and the size of the New Zealand market. This is no doubt due primarily to the quality of the wines. As a grower Champagne producer, the Peters family have a long history dating back to 1840. The business is now under the stewardship of Rodolphe Peters, running it since 2008. The estate has approx. 18 ha of which 17 ha is used for the estate’s own wines, the rest sold off. 90% of the holdings are in the grand cru villages of Le Mesnil sur Oger, Oger, Avize and Cramant, of which around two-thirds is in Le Mesnil. The vines are on average 30 y.o. The estate takes great pride in respecting the soil and having the wines show their origins as well as the best of the Chardonnay grape. Uniquely, the reserve wine is managed by a solera system which lends great consistency to the house style and quality. To provide consumers with more detail on the wines, the back labels have QR codes which tells, among other information, the date the bottle left the cellars and the principal base year if an NV, these being considered more important than disgorgement dates. Here, I review the new ‘La Perle’ release, in a low pressure Cremant style. The Pierre Peters Champagne wines are distributed in New Zealand by Ian McInnes of Champagners, Email:


Pierre Peters ‘La Perle’ Champagne Blanc de Blancs NV

Sparkling Wine from France – Champagne

Bright straw-yellow with light golden hues, a little lighter on the rim, with a persistent fine bead. The nose is full with deep aromas of yellow stonefruits and florals harmoniously entwined nutty elements and complex bready-yeasty autolysis and a little toastiness. Dry to taste, the palate has a well-concentrated, deep heart of white and yellow stonefruits with subtle floral notes melded harmoniously with complex bread and yeast autolysis and nutty notes. This has a mature wine savouriness that adds to the interest. The mouthfeel is soft and creamy with good mousse, balanced by fine acid cut and a little phenolic-textured dryness. The wine carries to a long, lingering finish of bread, yeast and nutty flavours. This is a soft, creamy Cremant-style Champagne with stonefruit and floral flavours complexed by savoury bread and yeast autolysis and some mature wine toastiness. Serve as an aperitif and with most white meat dishes over the next 3+ years. 100% Chardonnay with a stock base from 2013, but a blend of 10 vintages, in a low pressure Cremant style of 3.5 – 4 atmospheres, fermented to 12.0% alc. and approx. 6.5 g/L dosage, the wine disgorged in March 2017. 18.5+/20 Oct 2017 RRP $100.00
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