Champagne, ‘Cuvee Reserve’, Pierre Peters
cépage 100% Chardonnay
assemblage 2014 base with 88, 90, 93 and 95 through 2013, except 99 and 03 = 21 vintages
info/source Côte des Blancs Grand Cru
malo yes, 85%
élevage Stainless steel, oak cask and concrete on fine lees
sur latte 24+ months
Cote de Blancs
Based on 2014, it has a riotously attractive aroma and a richer, more patisserie palate; napped with Satsuma marmalade; more exotic, with a clinging brown-butter finish. I think the “average drinker,” (whoever that person is…) will like it even more.
Péters does the “perpetual reserve” with his NV, which means that the current wine is 50% of (the latest vintage) and 50% the previous blend, so today’s wine is half-2014 and half last year’s wine, which was half-2013 and half the previous year’s wine. The wisdom of this approach is manifest and tangible; it assures “house style” without creating uniformity, because vintages differ.
Rodolphe continues to clarify his preferences the longer we know each other. For example, he hates the “quince” flavor and wants it nowhere near his wines. And he’s suspicious of the “saffron” descriptor because, he says, it results from botrytis, and he prefers his wine from pristine fruit.
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