Friday 6 July 2018

Eight Bottles Of Pierre Péters Champagne

I was invited by The Wineagency for a leisure tasting of Pierre Péters Champagne´s yesterday. I tasted through almost the same lineup two years ago at a great dinner, and had pretty much the same impressions. These are really fine wines.

NV Extra Brut
Better than last time, more crisp and racy.
89p   (tasted 2018/07)

NV Cuvée de Réserve
Also better than two years ago, a very fine - especially from magnum - a nose with grilled lemons, oyster shells and clay.
The taste is young, tight and finely tuned with a fine acidity and notes of freshly cut lemons, flint and grapefruit. The score reflects the magnum version, more complex than from the regular bottle.
91p   (tasted 2018/07

2012 Cuvée L´Esprit
The new great vintage, after the 2008. And the 12 doesn´t disappoint. The nose is steely and vibrant with notes of passionfruit, lime and cap gun smoke. Very fine.
The taste is racy and refined with a searing acidity and lovely ripe yellow fruit. Very, very promising.
93p   (tasted 2018/07)

2010 Cuvée L´Esprit
The 10 behaved more or less the same as two years ago, maybe with an added depth.
92p   (tasted 2018/07)

2009 Cuvée L´Esprit
I wasn´t impressed with the 09 two years ago. This is much better but the other way around, meaning that two years ago I thought that the nose was rather dull but the taste was better. This time the other way around. The nose is ripe and rich with notes of birch sap, white currants, lemon cream and a hint of seafood stock. Very, very fine.
The taste is more seedy and withdrawn with notes of almonds, dry lemon and chrushed rocks. The acidity is high and not perfectly integrated. Even a touch anemic at the end. The wine in the lineup that has changed the most.
90p   (tasted 2018/07)

2010 Les Chétillons
A deep, complex nose with notes of lemon cream, grilled lemons and dried up lemon curd - lots of lemons here! Chrushed rocks, smoke and white currants compliments the lemons. Really fine.
The taste is layered and refined with notes of passionfruit, lemon candy, salted almonds and minerals. Very long, very fine.
93p   (tasted 2018/07)

NV Réserve Oubliée
A cuvée made from Pierre Peters Perpetual Reserve with vintages down to 1988. I don´t know the base vintage for this one, the one tasted two years ago had 2008 as the base vintage. This one has a round, somewhat mature nose with notes of sun warm rocks, yellow apples and chalk. Deep and fine.
The taste is creamy and balanced with fruit, acidity and structure in a nice, maturing kind of way. A really nice Champagne for drinking now.
91p   (tasted 2018/07)

NV Rosé for Albane
This Rosé didn´t do it for me two years ago, and sorry to say, not yesterday either. My take is that the red fruit aromas are muted in favour of gravel, mineral and earthy notes. In the mouth, again, the earthy, dusty character lies in front of the red fruit. There is some lingonberries here and if I try hard, some dried raspberries. No joy and not a Rosé for me.
85p   (tasted 2018/07)

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