La Peira 2008
Terrasses du Larzac
Our domaine began in 2004 - in a small stone barn halfway between Grange des Pères and Daumas Gassac. It is situated at the foot of the Larzac plateau, where the grazing of sheep and production of Roquefort begins. This is an area of warm summers and cold winters, and of poor stony soils scented of fennel, rosemary and thyme.
We were inspired by one belief: that with rigorous and uncompromising work in the vineyard and noninterventionist winemaking, the true character of this terroir may convey something of its beauty and wildness, something unique and expressive.
This involved a meticulous approach to viticulture, very low yields, short pruning, de-suckering, crop thinning, shoot removal, leaf plucking, and green harvesting, the hand picking of perfectly ripe grapes in small cagettes, a double triage and sorting table, and the careful élevage of small amounts of wine in new barrels.
Our team consists of our winemaker Jérémie Depierre (a young vigneron with stages at Château Margaux and Château Guiraud), Karine Ahton (a lawyer from the Languedoc), and Rob Dougan (a writer/composer of music).
The inspiration for the name of our domaine is a maxim of the ‘workers of the stone’ from the region and an old Occitan expression:
‘Plaçar una pèira en damaisèla’ – place the stone with its best face forward
(Litt. Placer une Pierre en Demoiselle)
Like these workers of yesteryear, our aim is to take what nature, and this stony soil has to offer and try to find its most beautiful expression.
Surface Area: 11.6 hectares
Soil: Gravelly alluvial deposits (Pliocene Age). These deposits were derived principally from the mountains of Late Jurassic (about 150 million years old) limestone to the north. The gravels (along with sand, silt, and clay) were laid down in stream channels and in what are known as alluvial fans (cônes). Deep, porous, permeable, well drained and well aerated with suffi cient clay content for hydric and cation nutrition needs, a signifi cant positive given a nonirrigated regime, especially in times of low rainfall.
Geographical Situation: On the terraces dominated by high Jurassic limestone cliffs of Larzac.
Density of Plantation: 4000 to 5000 plants per hectare.
Grape Varieties: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Viognier, Roussanne, Cinsault, Carignan.
Age of Vines: 10 to 40 years.
TERRASSES DU LARZAC
The Terrasses du Larzac is in the north of the Herault and includes the ancient villages of Montpeyroux and St-Saturnin. Here summers are warmer and longer, and winters are colder than is general in the region. Whereas some slopes which form a natural boundary for the Terrasses du Larzac do rise to over 800 metres (2650 ft), the areas under vines and classed as AOC range from 50–300 metres (165–990 ft) up the slopes of the Causse and on the old terraces.
The Romans first planted vines in the Terrasses du Larzac area. The land around Lodève had great appeal, stretching as it did along the busy Roman road which linked Cessero (St Thibéry) with Segodunum (Rodez).
The Wine Advocate
2007 La Peira Terrasses du Larzac (95-96)
Consisting of 68% Syrah with correspondingly small amounts of Grenache and Mourvedre, the seductive 2007 Coteaux du Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac La Peira adds violets and white truffle to the lilies present in the Las Flors, and the fruit shifts into a low register, with cassis, blackberry, and purple plum informing a thickly-rich, decadently sumptuous palate. Here, too, there is a hidden source of energy that conveys lift to the finish and keeps the wine from seeming at all over-ripe. Nor is there even a hint of heat in a finish of astonishing richness and sheer length, with floral perfume hanging in all the way to a reverberating, bitter-sweet, multifaceted finish.
This wine will ring changes on your palate for a decade, I predict, and will enter that select – though rapidly expanding – elite of Languedoc wines that need not fear comparison with any of the world’s wine icons. (David Schildknecht Wine Advocate June 2009)
99 Points - Gary Vaynerchuk
"The flagship wine from this new venture is easily going to be the next great global cult wine. Think Clos Erasmus or Masseto; that's the level of quality that this wine brings! Dense, rich and explosive, with layer after layer of flavor and complexity. Ripe, but never over-the-top, this stunning effort should easily last 25 to 30 years. Expect ENORMOUS ratings for this wine. Syrah with a small amount of Grenache Noir. This wine just took my breathe away, though it is a little more over the top then most wines I score this high, to me this is the perfect example of a wine that knows how to handle it's huge, massive fruit and balance it with some of the most obvious structure I have seen in a wine. The pencil shavings in the mid-palate stood out and the ripe strawberry fruit that dominates the back end is world class!"
Jeb Dunnuck and The Rhone Report
2007 La Pèira Coteaux du Languedoc Les Terrasses du Larzac (
Utterly captivating and borderline perfection in a glass, the 2007 La Pèira Coteaux du Languedoc Les Terrasses du Larzac is the estate ‟ s top cuvee and is a blend of 68% Syrah and 32% Grenache, from the Bois de Pauliau vineyard, that ‟ s aged for 18 months in French oak. It displays a vivid purple color to go with intense, decadent aromas of sweet crème de cassis and blackberry styled fruits, smoked meats, exotic spice, violets, and perfectly integrated wood on the nose. While ripe and leaning towards the decadent end of the spectrum, the wine shows unbelievable purity, focus, and freshness as well as not a hint of heat, over-ripeness, or weight. Full bodied and lavishly textured on the palate, with the same lightness and elegance that ‟ s promised by the nose, the wine shows perfect balance, a deep, concentrated mid-palate, perfectly ripe fruit, and a blockbuster finish that ‟ s laced with loads of ultra-fine tannin. Few wines can pull off such a mix of ripeness, polish, and balance, and this one does it with style! I don ‟ t doubt that this will age gracefully, but given the utter seamlessness and polish displayed, don ‟ t be afraid to drink this young. Easily one of the top wines of the region (and I ‟ ll gladly include all of the southern Rhône in that comparison) and this is not to be missed! (98 pts.)