Wine Advocate on La Peira (Languedoc Wine): "Wines that Need Not Fear Comparison with Any of the World's Wine Icons"

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The Wine Advocate Awards its Highest Scores for the Languedoc Wine Region to La Peira

La Peira Terrasses du Larzac 2006

Wines that need not fear comparison with any of the world's wine icons

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate has awarded its highest score ever for the region of the Terrasses du Larzac to La Peira, topping domaines such as Mas de Daumas Gassac, Grange des Peres and Mas Jullien.

In all, the domaine's wines, over the last three vintages, received the highest scores the Wine Advocate has awarded to any domaine in its history of reviewing the Languedoc.

"Wines that need not fear comparison with any of the world's wine icons" and "among the very greatest wines of the Languedoc" were among the Wine Advocate's assessments of the La Peira flagship wine.

The publication goes on to detail the property's background:

"La Peira en Damaisela is the property of London-based composer Robert Dougan, located between Jonquieres and Aniane, on two adjacent parcels of no known previous distinction, but to which in 2004 instinct led him either with remarkable prescience or remarkable luck. The deep alluvial fan that is the basis for this site is only barely tilted, as it might be in St. Helena or Rutherford, St.-Estephe or Pomerol ... and these comparisons will not seem inapt once you experience the quality of La Peira's wines."

Sea Change in Languedoc Wine

Such reviews are consistent with a sea change in the production of quality Languedoc wines. The report on the region notes of 'so much talent clamoring for attention' and, 'an amazing willingness', among growers to 'pursue quality with determination and passion.'

Eric Asimov, writing in the The New York Times (The Languedoc Raises Its Game - September 15) concurs, observing in his recent round up of the region, that the 'level of high quality in the winemaking was unexpectedly consistent'

Excellent Values

The report (entitled The Best of Values in the Worst of Times) also highly praises the second - and the entry level - wines of La Peira, garnering scores usually associated with a domaine's premiere wine.

On Las Flors de La Peira - the domaine's second wine (rated 93-94/94/93 over the 2005-2007 vintages):

"This puts me in mind of a great Pomerol. For as far-gone on sheer ripeness and decadence as it is, this retains a wonderful sense of lift and elegance"

Obriers de la Peira - the domaine's entry-level cuvee (rated 92/90/91-92 over the 2005-2007 vintages):

"At its price, it represents an amazing value which I cannot imagine any wine lover not wishing to buy as much of as he or she could and to follow in bottle"

This again is not atypical of the region as a whole.

As David Schildknecht, writing for the Wine Advocate, observes: While the quality of the top wines of the region is 'striking', what is more so is the, 'enormous number of modestly-priced bottlings that approach or reach a comparably exalted level of quality', and further, that, 'what counts as expensive is not, when considered alongside the wines of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Catalonia, Napa, the Northern Rhône, or other celebrated regions.'

Stockists for the wines of La Peira can be found at:

Languedoc Wine

The full report in issue #183 of the Wine Advocate can be viewed here:

Wine Advocate

For additional information contact:

La Peira

Robert Dougan (UK) : +44 (0)7734 103988 or roth (at) aol (dot) com
Jeremie Depierre (France) : +33 (0)4 67 44 79 48 or dejerpierre (at) yahoo (dot) com

About La Peira:

La Peira is a wine domaine started in 2004 in the Herault region, Languedoc - committed to transforming the Terrasses du Larzac appellation and producing world-class wines. The domaine produces three reds (La Peira, Las Flors de la Peira, the entry level Obriers de la Peira) and a white (Deusyls.) The wines are available through Eric Solomon's highly regarded European Cellars in the USA through retail outlets such as Zackys, K & L Wines, Wine Library, and the Wine Exchange. In the UK the La Peira wines imported by Fields, Morris & Verdin, noted importers of Bodegas Vega Sicilia, and Ridge Vineyards amongst others, and its parent company Berry Bros. & Rudd.

For further discussion on this and other topics about the domaine please visit the La Peira Blog:

La Peira

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