95 Points - The Wine Advocate
Les Chétillons is a lieu-dit located in the grand cru village of Le Mensil sur Oger and enjoys an almost perfect aspect. Three parcels of old vines, ranging from 40 - 70 years of age, are vinified separately and then blended to produce a legendary single vineyard vintage cuvée. First produced in 1971, all the power and mineralogy of Le Mensil’s calcareous soil is expressed in this wine.
“Péter's prestige cuvée offers a rich and complex, chalky and buttery nose with flavors of fresh mushrooms, honey, brittle and really ripe Chardonnay fruit. However, despite its richness, the wine indicates a great purity and elegance—and this is exactly what you get on the palate. Due to its shocking purity, this 2009 is incredibly fresh and seemingly light on the palate, but rich and complex at the same time. The finish is forcefully mineral, highly complex, salty and very, very long. It is provided with a piquant grip and mouthwatering lemon flavors in the aftertaste. The total production is 7,000 bottles and every bottle you don't drink will be drunk by somebody else.” - Stephan Reinhardt
Onshore Cellars - ICONIC Producer
The Pierre Péters estate is located in the heart of the Côte des Blancs in the village of Le Mensil sur Oger. Known for producing champagnes which are crystalline, mineral and elegant they have been makingGrand Cru Blanc de Blancs champagnes since 1919. Rodolphe Péters took over the reins in 2008, becoming the fourth generation to lead the house since it was founded. One of the leading and most highly respected small growers in Champagne, all of the wines come exclusively from their 17.5 hectares of vineyards, which are now 30 years old on average. The style of Le Mensil champagnes focuses on mineral power and capacity to age and Péters consistently produces stunning examples, mastering the steely acidity of the wines.
“The always smiling and tremendously skillful Péters controls 17.5 hectares, twelve of which lie in the very best parts of Le Mesnil. For several years grapes from the [80-year] old vines in Les Chétillons were included in the vintage wine, but nowadays they make a Cuvée Spéciale from grapes from this unique location. . . . The enthusiasm over this wine all over the world is huge—and that’s before anyone has had a chance to taste a mature bottle. Le Mesnil’s wines take a long time to mature, but champagne from Peters offers from the start an accessible fruitiness that resembles tangerine and a large portion of butterscotch and nut aromas. With age they become majestic and deep as a water well, full of coffee and walnut aromas and a fleeting vibrant exotic fruitiness. Pierre Péters is a hidden treasure of Champagne . . . and the prices are laughable considering the quality of the wines.” Richard Juhlin, 4000 Champagnes