Champagne Pierre Peters NV Cuvee de Reserve Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru

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Pierre Peters is one of the masters of Blancs de Blanc Champagne. The wine has the 2018 vintage as its base but is comprised of 40% reserve wine from Peters' solera, made up of at least 20 vintages, started in 1988. The grapes are sourced from their Grand Cru vineyards in the Cotes de Blancs, mostly from Le Mesnil Sur Oger. There is an uncommon delicacy to their wines: dry and crisp but the complexity that can only come from properly matured cuvees.  This disgorgement is from January 2022, with between 6 - 7 grams per litre.


France |Champagne | Côtes de Blancs

Grape Varieties

Drink 2022 - 2026



Size / ABV

Standard Bottle 75cl / 12%

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Growers' Champagnes

What is Grower Champagne and Why Should I Care?

Champagne doesn't seem to follow the the same rules as every other fine wine producing region. In most places, the quality end of the market is dominated by grower/producers, I.e. the guy that grows the grapes makes the wine. It makes sense that it should be this way, certainly when quality control of grapes is the overriding factor in making fine, or at least very good wine. Champagne however, has always been the other way around. This region is vastly dominated by the Champagne Houses, those producers that may or may not have famous names on the label, and buy their grapes in the main from grape growers.

The latest figures from 2018 show that 72.7% of Champagne is from the Champagne Houses (we'll call them the negociants from hereon), 18.2% from grower/producers (vignerons) and 9.2% from co-operatives. What is surprising is that the figure for the vignerons' share of the market is in decline from a peak in 2008 of 25% of the market. Also in decline is the number of vignerons, currently standing at 4,159 - down by 112 from 2017. Even more surprising is that on export markets the figure for market share of vignerons is even lower: in the UK, for example, the biggest export market in the world for Champagne, they represent a mere 1.2%. Compare this to France where they have 32%.

What do the French know that we don't?

Well, for a start, the French have much less reliance on branded Champagnes from the negociants. It would seem that they have more confidence in their palates, letting the wine do the talking. In the UK wine trade we pride ourselves on finding and championing the best of what is available, but when it comes to Champagne, it appears we are letting ourselves down.

Should it really matter who grows the grapes? The unsatisfying answer to that one is 'it depends'. It depends, of course, on the skill of the grower, his desire to produce quality, and where his/her vines are grown. Champagne is a complex region of hills, valleys, with varying expositions and soil types. Added to that is the complexity of the grape variety blend, trellising method, harvest date, etc.

The Region



At Noble Grape we source our Champagnes like any of our wines - we seek out quality, value, and authenticity of style. We favour Growers Champagnes, but we are not strict about that. We do stock a few of the big names, but those that are family owned and fit our ethos of quality over branding and lifestyle.

The highlights from our range include Pierre Gimonnet which is a grower based in Cuis in the Cotes de Blancs, where Chardonnay is king. Gimonnet makes a style of wine that is as close to 'dry' as possible for a Brut, with elegance and purity. René Geoffroy is another grower we favour whose vineyards in Cumieres tend to prefer Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.

Elsewhere, we work with Beaumont de Crayeres, a leading co-operative, and Billecart Salmon whose wines we admire very much for their raciness and body.

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