The special releases from Pierre Peters have arrived in Australia, including the very rare l’Etonnant Monsieur Victor Edition MK 11 (more on this later). Our allocation has just arrived, and they rarely last long, so act quickly!
With perhaps the exception of Jacques Selosse, Pierre Peters is the Champagne that people talk about in the most reverential terms. Chetillons is considered as one of the cult bottlings of Champagne.
2011 Pierre Peters “Les Chetillons”                                                                    $195
2011 Pierre Peters “Les Chetillons” MAGNUM                                              $450

“The Brut Cuvée Spéciale Les Chétillons is quite frankly a revelation. It is also one of the wines of this very challenging vintage. Candied lemon peel, white flowers, sage, mint, tangerine and pastry abound. The savoury elements that are typical of the year are nearly buried by the sheer richness and concentration of the fruit. Given the trajectory of so many 2011 Champagnes, I would not push my luck with the 2011 Chétillons, but there is no doubt this is an impressive effort from Rodolphe Péters.” ANTONIO GALLONI2013 Pierre Peters L’Esprit                                                                                $120

“The 2013 L’Esprit once again shows just how compelling this vintage is. Bright acids play off a core of rich, textured fruit laced with tropical overtones. Beautifully layered and resonant, the 2013 possesses fabulous depth and tons of character. The Esprit is a terrific choice for readers who want to get a look at the quality of 2013 in the Côtes des Blancs, or who want to explore the Pierre Péters Champagnes without splurging on one of the prestige bottlings. Don’t miss it. Disgorged December 2017. Dosage is 4.2 grams per litre.” ANTONIO GALLONI

2002 Pierre Peters Oenotheque                                                                               $440

“The 2002 Brut Cuvée Spéciale Les Chétillons, the original release and aged on crown seal, is tremendous. Wow. Ample, sweeping and dramatic, the 2002 is utterly captivating. Smoke, graphite, ash, apricot jam and pastry are some of the many nuances that come alive in the glass, with a top note of reduction that is very appealing. On this day, the regular release is just a touch ahead of the Oenothèque. It’s hard to say exactly why that is, but I suspect that the post-disgorgement time is optimal.” (97) ANTONIO GALLONI

Pierre Peters L’Etonnant Monsieur Victor Edition MK 11                              $440

… “we undertook the task of rigorous selection of the best vats of our Perpetual Reserve starting from the year 1988 (wines conserved in stainless steel and concrete vats and big casks) as well as the best vat chosen from the latest harvest from the terroir Les Chétillons. We then blended these wines together in almost equal quantities before bottling. The older vintages educate the younger wine which in turn enriches the whole with its specific character and youth. For the optimum development of this Grand Cru 100% Chardonnay champagne, we allow L’Etonnant Monsieur Victor to age for 5 years on natural cork in our cellars.”

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