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Pierre Peters Cuvee de Reserve Blanc de Blanc Brut Champagne

Wine Spectator 93pts:

A crowd-pleasing, aperitif-style version, featuring an open-knit mix of white peach, star fruit, almond and brioche, with fresh acidity. Refined, offering a mineral-tinged finish. Drink now through 2018.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 91pts:

Peters' 2010-dominated NV Brut Blanc de Blancs Cuvee de Reserve Disg. 3/2013 - representing the cuvee that makes up more than 60% of his annual production - features juicy apple and white peach, lime and honeydew tinged with the piquancy of their pip and pit; wreathed in gentian and hyacinth; and supplemented by yeast autolysis that shades into notes of roasted peanut and toasted almond. Silken-textured and expansive, yet buoyant and refreshing, this finishes with a predictable underlying sense of oyster shell chalkiness and saliva-liberating salinity as well as a hint of iodine. Bottles from this disgorgement ought to merit attention for several will also, naturally, later disgorgements of this same cuvee.

From the importer:

We are talking superb aromas: a riot of flowers, lobster and brioche. It’s unusually ripe, dynamic and powerful, and also quite settled-tasting, with a long deep clinging finish. We’re just finishing up the ’12-based wine, which will soon be superseded by the even more amazing ’13, which is the best“basic” NV in the offering this year and one of the best anywhere in Champagne. I remember tasting the still wines of 2013 and wondering where those aromas and flavors could possibly have come from. Please let me remind you, this wine is made by the “perpetual reserve” method, which is similar but not identical to a solera. Thus, the current wine is 50% 2013 and 50% the previous blend, which in turn was 50% ’12 and 50% of the blend before that, including 1988, ‘90 ‘93 and 1995 through 2012. This wine has a fantastic aroma, stunningly complex and floral and like really good cheesecake; the palate is by far the best since the 2008-base, and punches absurdly above its weight. Deg 05/2017, believe me, I don’t need to hype this—we’re already oversold. Just be glad for any bottle you get.


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