PRN: La Pèira 2009 Tops the Languedoc-Roussillon in the Wine Advocate
La PÃ¨ira 2009 Tops the Languedoc-Roussillon in the Wine Advocate
SAINT SATURNIN, France, September 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
Wine Advocate on La PÃ¨ira:
"as profoundly delicious as all but a handful of crus rendered anywhere in France"
"need not fear comparison with any of the world's wine icons"
Issue #196 of Robert Parker's Wine Advocate saw the publication award its highest rating over the entire Languedoc-Roussillon region for the 2009 vintage to La PÃ¨ira - a small wine domaine in the Terrasses du Larzac appellation.
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David Schildknecht of the Wine Advocate names the domaine as one of the greatest of its region and among France's finest, producing wines: "as profoundly delicious as all but a handful of crus rendered anywhere in France".
La PÃ¨ira 2008 Vintage
Alongside the pioneering Mas Jullien, the La PÃ¨ira 2008 led the Advocate's Terrasses du Larzac 2008 appraisal, exceeding assessments of venerable producers such as Grange de Peres and Daumas Gassac (two Vin des Pays of the area).
On the La PÃ¨ira 2008: "Bears some resemblance to a top-notch Medoc"
On the Las Flors de la PÃ¨ira 2008: "I have remarked before on the Pomerol-like aspects of this cuvee...if one is to stick with that simile in this vintage, it could only be Lafleur rather than a Merlot-dominated ChÃ¢teaux that one had in mind."
La PÃ¨ira 2007 Vintage
On the Domaine's La PÃ¨ira 2007, of which the Wine Advocate Issue #183 claimed: "This wine will ring changes on your palate for a decade, I predict, and will enter that selectÂ -Â though rapidly expandingÂ -Â elite of Languedoc wines that need not fear comparison with any of the world's wine icons", it was noted, "how well the sense of energy, delineation, and levity that they had conveyed in barrel was captured in bottle", and the wine, "consistent with my stellar issue 183 expectations".
While some distance from being the regions most well-known domaine - that sobriquet belonging to the region's Mas de Daumas Gassac, dubbed in the early 80s, 'a Lafite in the Languedoc' (Gault & Millau), and a 'Grand Cru of the Midi' (Hugh Johnson) - the wines of La PÃ¨ira are the most consistently highest rated in the Wine Advocate's history of reviewing the Languedoc region.
Not that praise is restricted to that publication.
On both sides of the Atlantic, the wines have won acclaim from a diverse range of commentators:
Terrasses du Larzac
The domaine's Terrasses du Larzac appellation was judged Bettane and Desseauve's French Appellation of the Year in 2011, who noted: "This sector very much deserves a status apart. A terroir. A real one."
While the Terrasses du Larzac appellation (for red wines only) is relatively recent, the domaine's flagship wine La PÃ¨ira is grown on the lieu-dit of the Bois de Pauliau - which unusually for the region has been designated AOC since 1948, as the most northerly zone of the white Clairette.
Nearby the domaine - and still in the Clairette AOC - France's oldest winery (10AD) was discovered (Link: Decanter July 2007). Clairette itself is a continuation of white wine production in the region dating from at least 77-79 AD when Pliny the Elder named the whites of Baeterrae (Beziers) along with the resinous reds of Vienne as the only two wines of exception from what is now France.
La PÃ¨ira is owned by composer Rob Dougan and lawyer Karine Ahton, working with winemaker Jeremie Depierre (whose experience includes stints at ChÃ¢teau Giraud, and ChÃ¢teau Margaux). The team took responsibility in 2004 with the openly avowed intention of producing wines that matched in quality the region's great history as France's oldest viticultural region.
It seems with some success.
To mark the occasion of the domain's first vertical tasting, hosted by Berry Bros. & Rudd
(Britain's oldest wine and spirit merchant), Berry's Simon Field MW noted that La PÃ¨ira is, "now recognised as one of the very top wines in France."
David Schildknecht Issue #196 Wine Advocate report closes:
"[La PÃ¨ira] is broadcasting the message that this region's soils and old vines harbor abundant latent grandeur."
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