Pierre Peters Brut Blanc de Blancs Cuvée Spéciale Les Chétillons 2011
Pierre Peters is a small, grower Champagne specializing in 100% Chardonnay (Blanc de Blancs) sparkling wines made in chalky soils. Crystalline, jewel-like firmness and concentrated depth give these Champagne's a 'Krug-like' personality which is very unique among Blanc de Blancs. They boast the concentration of the crisp, minerally essence of the region, with luscious fruit almost bursting from the glass. Though not exceptionally high in acidity, they are exceptionally low in pH, which gives them their attack on the palate and their thrilling high notes of aroma.
"Les Chétillons is the name of our special vintage which refers to a beautiful "lieu-dit", a place found in the Grand Cru village of le Mesnil sur Oger. We own three plots of old vines (aged over 45 years), acquired in 1930. Each parcel is vinified separately and blended to produce a single vineyard vintage. All the power and the minerality of the Mesnil's calcareous soil is expressed in this wine produced since 1971. Its reputation has surpassed our borders and even Michael Edwards himself describes Les Chétillons as "one of the most beautiful pieces of land of Champagne." -Winery
VinousPéters’ 2010 Brut Cuvée Spéciale Les Chétillons looks to be a relatively easygoing, approachable version of this reference-point Mesnil Champagne. There is good depth and purity to the flavors, but the 2010 is decidedly delicate and airy in the glass, with mid-weight structure and more openness than is typically the case. Scents of yellow orchard fruit, honey, chamomile and white flowers open up nicely. I don’t find the dimension or energy of the finest years. In exchange, though, the 2010 should drink well with minimal cellaring.