Berry Bros. & Rudd – World’s Oldest Fine Wine Merchant (300 Years old) Visits La Peira (4 years old)

by La Peira

Visit to La Peira by  Simon Field MW (BBR’s buyer for the Rhône Valley,  Languedoc and Champagne amongst others)  and Alun Griffiths MW  (Wine Director at BBR)!                 

La Peira New Chai

La Peira New Chai

We had the pleasure of a visit at our new chai (pictured above) from Berry Bros. & Rudd’s Simon Field MW and Alun Griffiths MW.

This time another member of our team was absent, away Skiing. Turns out he could have been there after breaking both thumbs on the first day were it not for the (necessary) visits to hospital etc.

Like an injury-prone top striker, Jeremie has form in this regard, having greeted Wine Library et al. on crutches with a foot in plaster.

It was left to the remaining two of us (supported by Family) to greet our two visiting Masters of Wine – Think Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda visiting Luke Skywalker and Princess Lea….

Berry Bros. & Rudd  is the UK’s oldest wine merchant, and a subject of Februarys BBC’s program ‘Wine: The Firm’.  

It can be be seen here

A Profile of  Château Margaux, a past haunting ground of our Jeremie Depierre, who underwent a stage there in addition to Château Guiraud, and various other places, can be seen that next episode (Wine: The Faith.) 

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Jeremie Depierre | Now with two Broken Thumbs...

Berry Bros. & Rudd Cellar Notes!

Simon Field M.W of Berry Bros. & Rudd has set pen to paper with some thoughts on the wines…

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2006 La Pèira En Damaisela, AOC Coteaux de Languedoc – FRANCE

Medium-Full Bodied, Dry, Ready, but will keep, Other Varieties, 14.5% alc.

Tasting Notes: The senior wine for the Pèira Domaine has been picked at extraordinarily low yields of 7.5 hl/ha in 2006 and is, unsurprisingly extremely concentrated. Cassis, black cherry even macerated prune, then undergrowth, spice and black pepper; the wine is young of course yet already boasts an ethereal elegance that seems to be the Domaine’s Calling Card, this in spite of the richness of the wine. To achieve such a thing is an achievement indeed, and puts this wine at or near to the top of the great wines of the Languedoc.

(Simon Field MW – BBR Buyer) Download Cellar Notes (pdf)

2006 Las Flors de la Pèira, AOC Coteaux de Languedoc – FRANCE

Medium-Full Bodied, Dry, Ready, but will keep, Other Varieties, 14.5% alc.

Tasting Notes: Made from 40% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre (therefore known as an SGM), La Flors is aged in small barrels, having , once again been selected from low yielding fruit. Dark fruits, almost rarified into a liqueur, undergrowth and even hints of tar and roses; plenty of personality in other words; the palate has concentration and depth, elegant all the way to its sweetly perfumed finish.

(Simon Field MW – BBR Buyer) Download Cellar Notes (pdf)

 

2005 Deusyls de la Pèira, Vin de Pays de Herault – FRANCE

Medium-Full Bodied, Dry, Ready, but will keep, White Rhône Blend, 14.5% alc.

Tasting Notes: An absolute stunner! Only a few cases of white remained by the time we had taken Andrew Jefford’s advice, and tasted the range from Pèira. Made from 65% Viognier and 35% Roussanne, yielding a mean 17-18 hl/ha, this is one of the best white wines I have tasted from the Midi. It has texture, warmth and viscosity, a nose that evokes fennel, spring flowers, lemon, crushed chalk and a hint of tobacco; the palate marries green fruit, minerals and honey, with a characteristic hint of salinity. To finish the note as it started…stunning!

(Simon Field MW – BBR Buyer) Download Cellar Notes (pdf)

 

2006 Les Obriers de la Pèira, AOC Coteaux de Languedoc – FRANCE

Medium-Full Bodied, Dry, Ready, but will keep, Other Varieties, 14.5% alc.

Tasting Notes: Highly respected consultant oenologist Claude Gros has really struck gold with Les Obriers de la Pèira. His secret is fairly straightforward and centres on traditional winemaking with indigenous varietals (both Carignan and Cinsault pre-date Grenache in the area). The wine is incredibly complex, with aromas of tar, roses and spicy fruit; the palate is opulent and beautifully textured, a good match, perhaps, for beef stroganoff or meat-balls!

(Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer) Download Cellar Notes (pdf)

Property: La Peira

Our most exciting Languedoc find of 2008, La Pèira is located on the limestone plateau of the fashionable enclave of Les Terraces Du Larzac.

First planted by the Romans, these beautiful vineyards share the terrain with the Roquefort-producing sheep and the wild savagery of the garrigue. The ‘Domaine’consist of a stone barn, its location almost exactly half way between the two great properties of Grange Des Pères and Mas De Daumas Gassac.

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