“They could be the work of a genius”: Andrew Jefford, Jancis Robinson, and Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate) on La Peira Vertical Tastings

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Andrew Jefford for Decanter.com, Jancis Robinson MW, and Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate/The Rhone Report) publish vertical tasting notes on the wines of La Pèira.

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Make no mistake about it, this is a very special wine made on a very special estate (Jancis Robinson MW).

Andrew Jefford, writing at Decanter.com on a recent vertical tasting of the La Pèira vintages 2005-2010 suggests: “They could be the work of a genius”.

After casting around for possibilities, he finally settles on Genius Loci, the Roman term for the protective spirit of a place.

That place? The Bois de Pauliau, where the ground is “deep glacial rubble”, “stony, but not austere”, and “bright but ventilated”. “For the Languedoc, it feels almost Médoc-like”, he adds.

As for the wines: “Every time I get a chance to taste these wines, they bring me uncommon pleasure. They are concentrated, perfumed, fleshy, heady, allusive and beguiling. Every bottle is drained to the last drop. As I polish the glasses afterwards, I begin looking forward to the next time.”

Andrew Jefford Decanter La Pèira Vertical Tasting 2005-2010

“I tasted La Pèira 2005 to 2010, and Matissat 2007 to 2010. These wines are expensive (£63 per bottle for La Pèira, and £50 for Matissat, from Berry Bros) [$130.00, and $105 in the US], but worth it for anyone whose circumstances allow purchases of that sort.”

Note Excerpts

La Pèira 2005: “Profound, and good for a half-century of ageing.”
La Pèira 2006: “The most beautiful of all so far; more Venus de Milo than Gargantua.”
La Pèira 2007: “The 2007 is the Grange of the set.”
La Pèira 2008: “Just as good [as the 2007], for me, is the 2008.”
La Pèira 2009: “Deep-drizzled ripeness, perfume and incipient sweetness.”
La Pèira 2010: “Monument-in-waiting: peacock-like in terms of its aromatic allusions.”

(Link: Andrew Jefford Decanter La Pèira Vertical Tasting 2005-2010)

This was one of three retrospective tastings of the La Pèira wines published of late by some of the world’s leading critics.

Jancis Robinson MW - Matissat Vertical Tasting 2007-2011

Jancis Robinson, the highly respected wine writer and critic, concludes her look at La Pèira’s Matissat (a 100% Mourvèdre cuvee) with the words:

“Make no mistake about it, this is a very special wine made on a very special estate.”

Her article centers on a vertical tasting of the 2007-2011 vintages of - as she puts it - this “increasingly celebrated” wine.

“As you can see from my notes, presented from first to most recent vintage, I was impressed”, she writes.

Note Excerpts

Matissat 2007: “Flattering and round and with almost melted tannins...Very luscious.”
Matissat 2008: “Very mineral..Racy and transparent. Lots of freshness.”
Matissat 2009: “Light spiciness and then both sweet and some chewy dryness.”
Matissat 2010: “Transparent and lively and very young and racy.”
Matissat 2011: “Very appealing. Transparent...Very clean, pure and driven. Great energy.”

“What I loved”, Jancis concludes, “was the gradual lightening up of the wine, the greater energy and refreshment factor.”

(Link: Jancis Robinson Matissat Vertical 2007-2011)

Jeb Dunnuck Wine Advocate / The Rhone Report - La Pèira vintages 2006-2010

Finally, in the third of this group, the Wine Advocate’s newly appointed Rhone critic, Jeb Dunnuck (who succeed Robert Parker in this role) writes, on completing his look at the La Pèira vintages 2006-2010:

“La Pèira en Damaisèla...in my view, is the leading estate in all of the Languedoc and Roussillon.”

Note Excerpts

La Pèira 2006: “Balanced, polished and long.”
La Pèira 2007: “Utterly captivating and borderline perfection in a glass.”
La Pèira 2008: “Elegant, yet powerful 2008 is quite possibly the wine of the vintage.”
La Pèira 2009: “Creamy, energetic texture, beautiful purity of fruit, and polished tannin.”
La Pèira 2010: “Just about as good as wine gets.”

La Pèira 2010 - Jeb Dunnuck finishes - is: “easily the greatest wine I’ve tasted from the Languedoc to date”.

(Link: Jeb Dunnuck Wine Advocate / The Rhone Report - Recent Reviews)

(Link: Jeb Dunnuck Wine Advocate / The Rhone Report - La Pèira 2006-2010)

The publication of these tasting notes follow a vertical tasting of the La Pèira wines hosted by Britain’s oldest wine and spirit merchant, Berry Bros. & Rudd. After that occasion, Berry’s Simon Field MW noted of the La Pèira cuvee:

“The top wine from one of the great estates in the Languedoc, La Pèira en Damaisèla is now up there with the more established names such as Grange des Peres and Mas de Daumas Gassac and, in the view of many, is even better.”

The wines of La Pèira - grown in the Terrasses du Larzac appellation, Southern France - are distributed by Fields, Morris & Verdin ( http://www.fmvwines.com ) in the UK, Eric Solomon’s http://www.europeancellars.com/ in the US, and via various excellent importers (see http://www.wine-searcher.com for details) throughout Europe and the rest of the world.

For further details visit: La Pèira

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