Subscribers-Only 24 Hour 10% Off Sale On:
1) In-Stock Magnums
3) 2015 Opus One
Resonance Estate Vineyard Bottling: Best Price Anywhere!
Special Sequitur Subscriber Sale
Olivier Bernstein’s Rare Burgundy:
Subscriber-Only Special Offer
New Releases – New Offers:
Cedric Bouchard – Roses de Jeanne
Including Ultra-Rare Bottlings!
Aldo Conterno 2008Pre-Arrival Offer – Wines Arrive October 5th
Plus additional Aldo Conterno wines here now!
Amazing Wines, Amazing Offer
Folks, in our nearly 15 years of seeking great wines and pounding down prices we have never before been able to offer such classic high quality Barolo so deeply discounted as these.
In our view- a perfect alignment!
Subscribers-Only 24 Hour 10% Off Sale:
From 6 pm tonight through 6 pm Sunday, September 23rd
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10% off magnums sale only applies to in-stock magnums.
Discount does not apply to pre-arrivals.
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Peyrassol ‘Commanderie de Peyrassol’ Rose, Cotes de Provence 2017 1.5L ($61.95) Displayed price: $49, Subscriber-Only 10% Off Special: $44.10, 13 magnums in stock now
Grapelive 92 points ” Chateau Peyrassol is located in the hills of the “arriére pays” (back country) near Var, just north of St. Tropez and Hyères, in between the villages of Le Luc and Flassans-sur-Issole in the heart of Provence set on the classic rocky terroir with clay and limestone soils. It’s their Mediterranean-kissed rosé that always appeals and is their most popular wine made from mostly Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah, though they can have a touch of Tibouren, the ancient Provencale native grape. This beautiful and crisply dry Rosé by Peyrassol was crafted with the direct press method, allowing for the delicate light color. The grapes undergo a cold maceration before being pressed off. Bright and vigorous the 2017 version is medium bodied and lengthy while still being delicately detailed and wonderfully focused with tangy cherry, strawberry and watermelon layers on the palate along with lively acidity, citrus, mineral notes and rosewater. This is a perfect Rosé for any occasion, fun, but serious with lots of Provence character and class, and at almost half the price of Tempier these days, it offers some value for its quality. Drink up.”
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Jacques Selosse Grand Cru Extra-Brut Blanc de Blancs 2004 1.5L ($2,199.95) Displayed price: $1,999, Subscriber-Only 10% Off Special: $1,799.10, 2 magnums in stock now
The 2004 vintage was bottled exclusively in magnum. Only 300 magnums were bottled. 100% Chardonnay from two parcels in the Grand Cru of Avise. Disgorged 26 April 2017.Sexy & floral – classic Cru Beaujolais
Domaine Jean Foillard Morgon Cote du Py, Beaujolais 2016 1.5L ($99.95) Displayed price: $89, Subscriber-Only 10% Off Special: $80.10, 12 magnums in stock now
Nick Stock – JamesSuckling.com 96 points “Crushed violets and attractive dark strawberries and raspberries on the nose with a slightly flinty, stony edge of graphite. The palate has depth and density, which set it apart from the Corcelette. More depth and richness here. A long, powerful and deep-set palate. Acidity holds the finish fresh. Needs a year or two. Drink from 2020.”
Josh Raynolds 95 points “Lurid ruby. An expansive, mineral-accented bouquet displays powerful red and dark berry, incense and potpourri qualities, and a Moroccan spice nuance adds urgency and lift. Bright, seamless and alluringly sweet, offering palate-staining black raspberry, blueberry, violet pastille and spicecake flavors that slowly firm up with aeration. Shows superb depth and clarity, with nary a rough edge to be found. Closes supple, sweet and insanely long, leaving a sexy floral note behind.”“an epic Cepparello for the ages”
Isole e Olena Cepparello Toscana IGT, Tuscany 2014 1.5L ($179.95) Displayed price: $149, Subscriber-Only 10% Off Special: $134.10, 4 magnums in stock now
Antonio Galloni 97 points “The 2014 Cepparello is one of the truly great wines of the vintage. Vivid and intense in all of its dimensions, it exudes purity from start to finish. Silky tannins, expressive aromatics and beautifully delineated, bright, layered Sangiovese fruit are some of the signatures. In 2014, Paolo De Marchi produced an epic Cepparello for the ages. Don’t miss it.”
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Passopisciaro Passorosso Terre Siciliane IGT, Sicily 2014 1.5L ($99.95) Displayed price: $79, Subscriber-Only 10% Off Special: $71.10, 23 magnums in stock now
Ian d’Agata–Vinous 97 points “Bright red-ruby. The captivating nose combines strawberry, raspberry, minerals, violet and flint aromas. Creamy-sweet but amazingly light on its feet, offering palate-staining, perfumed flavors of soft red berries, ripe red cherry, vanilla, aromatic herbs and crushed rock. Rich, ripe and suave, but displays a penetrating, saline and energetic quality that gives this beauty a three-dimensional mouthfeel and a light-on-its-feet quality. Finishes with great length and wonderfully polished tannins. Absolute knockout wine: from a memorable vintage on Etna, this is most likely the best Passorosso ever (in earlier vintages, it used to be called simply Passopisciaro). Mainly Nerello Mascalese.”
Joh. Jos. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel, Mosel 2015 1.5L ($219.95) Displayed price: $199, Subscriber-Only 10% Off Special: $179.10, 5 magnums in stock now
Stephan Reinhardt-Wine Advocate 95 points “The 2015 Graacher Himmelreich Auslese Gold Capsule (AP 18) displays a very intense and perfectly ripe, but healthy stone fruit aroma intermixed with delicate flinty/slate-like flavors. On the plate, this Gold Capsule is as lush as it is pure, piquant and salty; it is provided with remarkable precision and concentration, with a still stimulatingly fresh and vibrant finish. This is a great Auslese, indeed.”
Mosel Fine Wines 95 points “This offers a gorgeous nose of melon, grapefruit, spices, herbs and honey. The wine develops a superbly clean feel of aniseed fruits, pear and a hint of apricot and honey on the palate, which gives way to a delicately creamy sense of fruits and herbs in the delicately honeyed finish. This is a beautifully elegant and superbly balanced wine in the making. 2030-2055.”
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Napa’s Hottest Cabernet Collection
Larkmead is a historic property on a hot streak over the last decade. Perhaps no producer in Napa has seen their stock rise over as much over the last decade. Built on a combination of exceptional terroir and the talented winemaking of Andy Smith and Dan Petroski, Larkmead is one of the most in-demand producers in the Valley. The string of high scores over the last decade hasn’t hurt demand, either.
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Robert Parker 93 points “The 2014 “White Label” red wines include the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa, which is a beauty. An elegant, Pauillac-style wine with notes of chocolate, cedar wood, fruitcake, unsmoked cigar tobacco and underbrush, it is dense, full-bodied and rich. It is a blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petit Verdot aged 19 months in 75% new French oak. There are 2,705 cases of this wine, which finished at 14.7% natural alcohol. It should drink well for 20-25 years, but there’s no reason to defer your gratification.”
Antonio Galloni 92 points “Larkmead’s 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is a very pretty, understated wine. Bright red stone fruit, floral notes and spice give the 2014 its refreshing, vibrant personality. The fruit is nicely pushed forward, but the 2014 is light on its feet and gracious, especially for a Calistoga Cabernet. Even so, this is a relatively laid-back style built on finesse more than power.”Larkmead Vineyards Dr. Olmo, Napa Valley 2014 750ML ($199.95) Displayed price: $169, Subscriber-Only 10% Off Special: $152.10, 20 bottles in stock now
Wine Advocate 95+ points “The “Black Label” wines include the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Dr. Olmo, which is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the clone of Cabernet that is also called Eisele. This wine spent 20 months in 62% new French oak. A magnificent wine by any standard of measurement, with notes of scorched earth, lead pencil shavings, charcoal embers, and blackberry and cassis fruit, this dense purple wine has undeniable minerality, a beautiful, full-bodied texture and a voluptuous finish. Drink it over the next 25 years.”
Antonio Galloni 92-95 points “The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Dr. Olmo is holding back quite a bit of its potential. Dark cherry, smoke, licorice, tar and menthol give the Dr. Olmo much of its brooding personality. The tannins are quite firm, but that should be less of an issue as the wine won’t be released for about a year.”Larkmead Vineyards Firebelle Red, Napa Valley 2014 750ML ($179.95) Displayed price: $149, Subscriber-Only 10% Off Special: $134.10, 24 bottles in stock now
Robert Parker 94 points “A blend of 72% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot, the 2014 Firebelle finished at 14.9% alcohol. It is a beautifully rich, chocolaty wine with notes of savory spices, black cherries and mulberries, some fudge and coffee bean. It has medium to full body, outstanding purity, concentration and length. It was aged in 66% new French oak for 19 months prior to bottling. Drink it over the next 15-20 years.”
Antonio Galloni 94 points “The 2014 Firebelle, Larkmead’s Merlot-based wine, is terrific. Succulent black cherry, lavender, mint and dark spices infuse this pliant, creamy wine. Expressive savory and mineral-infused notes punctuate the finish. The tannins need time to soften, but there is plenty to like and look forward to.”
Subscriber-only special pricing on the Larkmead wines ends Sunday, September 23rd at 6:00 pm
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2015 Opus One
At the (Even Lower) Lowest Price in the Country
“Already previously reviewed as a barrel sample, the 2015 was a show-stopper from barrel and is equally impressive in bottle. The last of the “drought” years and a rather warm one at that, the resolute nature of these impeccably tended Oakville vines is apparent in the complex layers, beautiful freshness and rock-solid frame of this wine.” –Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
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Wine Advocate 97+ points “Composed of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot and 2% Malbec, Opus One’s 2015 Proprietary Red Wine is truly an iron fist in a velvet glove, delivering a powerhouse of flavors and structure with a seductively plush texture. It opens with a deep garnet-purple color and wonderfully spicy notes of cinnamon stick, cloves and fenugreek with a core of cherry preserves, redcurrant jelly, blackberry pie and warm plums plus hints of camphor, lavender and cigar box. Full-bodied, rich and bold in the mouth, it fills the palate with exotic spice-laced black and red fruits, framed by firm, beautifully ripe, grainy tannins and great freshness, finishing with epic persistence. Although it is already approachable, allow it another 3-5 years in bottle for its myriad of subtle accents to fully blossom and then drink it over the next 30+ years.”
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Arriving September 28thResonance Estate Vineyard Bottling
When the esteemed Maison Louis Jadot first ventured outside of France, Jadot’s famed winemaker, Jacques Lardière, selected the Resonance Vineyard in the Willamette Valley, a biodynamic, dry-farmed site of ungrafted vines.
2014 is the first vintage they estate released their wine as a single-vineyard
You’ll find it here for the absolute best price in the USA
(Expect to pay $52-79 elsewhere!)
Any lower price you see online if for the Willamette Valley bottling, which we sell for $28!
Uncommon pedigree for an unheard of price…
Case-6 Resonance Resonance Vineyard Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton District 2014 750ML ($279.95) $199 pre-arrival special (that’s only $33.17/bottle!)
Wine Enthusiast 94 points “This exceptional vineyard, more than 35-years-old, brings a wealth of subtle details to a wine that has both grace and power. There’s truffle, earth, mocha, plum, spice, coffee and on and on it goes, all well integrated already. Experience would suggest that wines from this vineyard, previously made for Sineann, are exceptionally ageworthy. Drink now if you must, or cellar and drink from 2022 to 2030.”
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Sale Ends Sunday, September 23rd at 11:59 PM!
Michael Etzel (Founder and iconoclastic winemaker-in-chief of Beaux Freres) planted, farmed and now vinifies this site just up the hill from the Beaux Freres estate vineyard. Like the BF wines, it’s big and rich, with abundant Ribbon Ridge character.
Mike Etzel’s Sequitur Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge 2014 750ML ($119.95) Displayed price: $99, Weekend Special Price $79, 3 bottles available
Josh Raynolds–Vinous 94 points “Limpid ruby-red. Smoky, mineral-accented aromas of black raspberry, cherry cola and incense carry a strong spicecake overtone. Stains the palate with sappy red berry liqueur, spicecake and floral pastille flavors that are lifted and given definition and tension by juicy acidity. At once rich and nervy, with no excess fat but showing excellent depth and intensity of flavor. Finishes with sexy notes of candied violet and smoky Indian spices and superb, gently tannic persistence. This wine’s Beaux Freres bloodline is very clear to see.”
Wine Advocate 94+ points “Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2016 Sequitur Pinot Noir has a lovely, open nose of black and red cherries and blackberries with notions of wood smoke, turned earth, autumn leaves, cardamom and potpourri. Medium-bodied, it floods the mouth with ripe black and red fruits with wonderful earthy/spicy accents, very fine, grainy tannins and mouthwatering acidity, finishing long with spice and floral layers. 480 cases produced.”
Subscriber-only special pricing ends Sunday, September 23rd at 11:59 pm.
Arriving in OctoberThe Next Leroy
Olivier Bernstein’s Rare and Collectible Burgundy
Subscriber-Only Special Offer:
Buy any 2 or more bottles of Olivier Bernstein
Receive 10% off your Olivier Bernstein!
Olivier Bernstein only produces wines to bear his name are grand and premier crus, from old vines (40+ years, at a minimum). They’ve become incredibly hot items, reference points, really, in the Burgundy world, due both to that magic touch and the tiny, tiny amounts they’re produced and imported in. (Less than 30 six-packs of many of these wines make it to the USA.)
These are wines for serious collectors looking for the pinnacle of Burgundy (or for excellent arbitrage opportunities). The 2016’s are stunning wines (the vintage is as good as 2015 and more expressive of terroir) and although we were able to negotiate a large allocation of these wines, quantities for each individual bottling does not exceed 6 bottles. Many shops might not let these hit the open market, but we’d like to think that anyone interested should have a shot. Act quickly, though, it’s first come, first served.
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Cult ChampagnesAll Glory to the Bubbles!
New Releases – New Offer – ETA October
We’re receiving tiny, tiny allocations of two of the hottest names in Champagne. Wines arriving in October, but order now. We’ve only just listed these on our web store and already sold through a few skus!
Since 2000, Cedric Bouchard has created single-vineyard, single-vintage wines described by Peter Liem as “exquisite… champagnes of remarkable density and concentration.”“The Bouchard wines deconstruct Champagne into purest essence, with a range of single-vintage, single-variety, single-vinyard Champagnes of remarkable transparency and breed… There are few wines from anywhere in the world that give more pleasure than Cedric Bouchard’s Champagnes. Don’t miss them.” –Antonio Galloni
Peter Liem note “La Haute-Lemblé, an 11.8-are, south-facing parcel of chardonnay in Celles-sur-Ource… is a warm site, its ripeness further amplified by Bouchard’s low yields, and the sleekly powerful flavors of tropical and stone fruits are unlike anything found in the Marne.”Cedric Bouchard Roses de Jeanne La Presle, Champagne 2014 750ML ($179.95) $149 pre-arrival special, 2 bottles available
Peter Liem note “The newest release from Roses de Jeanne is Presle, an unusual blanc de noirs from a west-facing parcel of the same name in the village of Celles-sur-Ource. Bouchard owns just 15 rows here, and in 2007, he planted this parcel with ten different rootstocks, each selected for low yields and high concentration: “I wanted as much diversity as possible,” he says. “The complexity of the genetic material encourages the complexity of the wine.””Cedric Bouchard Roses de Jeanne Les Ursules Blanc de Noirs, Champagne 2014 750ML ($119.95) $99 pre-arrival special, 10 bottles available
Peter Liem note “The original Roses de Jeanne wine is Les Ursules, which is a blanc de noirs from a relatively flat vineyard of the same name, located down the street from Bouchard’s cellars in Celles-sur-Ource. It covers 90.51 ares, with most of the vines planted in 1974, and the average production is about 2,800 bottles a year. As the original manifestation of Bouchard’s philosophies, Les Ursules is likely to be the wine most representative of the estate: concentrated and intense in flavor without being weighty, it combines depth, complexity and poise. Its ripe fruit aromas are a testament to Bouchard’s viticultural practices, but so is the elegantly smoky, almost flinty minerality that consistently appears in this wine.”
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Peter Liem note “La Parcelle comes from a 0.73-hectare, southwest-facing parcel of pinot noir in the Celles-sur-Ource vineyard of Côte de Béchalin that Bouchard purchased in 2007, from an old friend of the family. Its previous owner made a little wine but never sold it, and Bouchard was so impressed with the viticulture and the winemaking that when he purchased the vineyard, he also bought all of the old stocks of champagne… 2004 was the first vintage of La Parcelle that Bouchard made himself, although between 2004 and 2006 he made the wine at the previous owner’s facilities; beginning in 2007, the wine has been made in Bouchard’s own cellars.”
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Peter Liem note “The entry point into the range is a blanc de noirs that was previously called Inflorescence—since the 2012 vintage, however, it’s labeled under the name of the vineyard site, Côte de Val Vilaine. This is a south-facing, 1.49-hectare parcel of pinot noir in the village of Polisy, planted in 1974. It previously belonged to Bouchard’s father, although Cédric worked the vines and made the wine himself. His intention was to make Inflorescence a slightly more approachable wine… This all changed as of the 2012 harvest—in that year, he acquired ownership of the parcel from his father, and he has incorporated Val Vilaine into the Roses de Jeanne lineup, reducing the yields to correspond with the other wines in the range.”
The Grand Cru of Growers
The Champagnes that Terry Theise imports are standard bearers for excellent value and high quality grower bubbly. Through careful selection and tireless evangelism, the Theise portfolio has come to represent the finest in “farmer fizz”—with Pierre Peters ranking as one of the greatest represented – true Champagne royality.Pierre Peters defines the Blanc de Blancs style—lean and linear, with biscuity richness that rounds out the profile. Based in Mesnil sur Oger, arguably the best village for growing Chardonnay in Champagne, they make wines that are a class above almost any others in the region, especially for the prices asked. We’ve got a bunch coming in soon and they’re going to sell out quickly, so if this is something you’re after, act soon.
“[The Champagnes of Pierre Peters are show] an improbably high common denominator of power, terroir, precision and a certain starched magnificence that stops just short of being brittle. The opposite of soft or fluffy or even seductive—these are impressive.” –Terry Theise
Pierre Peters Cuvee Speciale Les Chetillons Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut, Champagne 2011 1.5L ($349.95) $299 pre-arrival special, 2 magnums available
Wine Advocate 94 points “The 2011 Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Les Chetillons Cuvée Speciale shows a clear and spicy bouquet with earthy and vegetal notes at the moment. There are also some white nougat and pignon flavors. On the palate, this is a firmly structured, fresh, elegant and, right now, lightly austere Chétillons that should be cellared for a decade, as Rodolphe Péters recommends. The long and mineral finish is very clear, fresh, firm and highly complex. This is a very promising Blanc de Blancs from three plots in Les Chétillons that were fermented separately. By the way, 50% of the wine is kept aside as reserve, while 5,000 to 11,000 “vintaged” bottles are produced from the 2.5 hectares Péters owns in the extraordinary cru whose sélections massales date back to 1981 and 1936. The 2011 Cuvée Speciale is dosed with four grams per liter and was disgorged in January 2018. Tasted at the domaine in April 2018.”
Antonio Galloni 93 points “The Brut Cuvée Spéciale Les Chétillons is quite frankly a revelation. It is also one of the wines of this very challenging vintage. Candied lemon peel, white flowers, sage, mint, tangerine and pastry abound. The savory elements that are typical of the year are nearly buried by the sheer richness and concentration of the fruit. Given the trajectory of so many 2011 Champagnes, I would not push my luck with the 2011 Chétillons, but there is no doubt this is an impressive effort from Rodolphe Péters. Disgorged November 2017. Dosage is 4.7 grams per liter. “Pierre Peters Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut L’Esprit de 2013, Champagne 2013 750ML ($119.95) $89 pre-arrival special, 4 bottles available
Antonio Galloni 93 points “The 2013 L’Esprit once again shows just how compelling this vintage is. Bright acids play off a core of rich, textured fruit laced with tropical overtones. Beautifully layered and resonant, the 2013 possesses fabulous depth and tons of character. The Esprit is a terrific choice for readers who want to get a look at the quality of 2013 in the Côtes des Blancs, or who want to explore the Pierre Péters Champagnes without splurging on one of the prestige bottlings. Don’t miss it. Disgorged December 2017. Dosage is 4.2 grams per liter.”
Wine Advocate 92+ points “The 2013 Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Millésime L’Esprit de 2013 has a clear, fine, fresh and precise bouquet of white flowers, spices and citrus fruits—lemon peel, lemongrass and even a touch of rhubarb. Dense and intense on the palate, with lots of energy and expression, this is a well-structured, highly elegant and finessed, remarkably pure and fresh 2013 with a long, complex, greatly tensioned and salty finish. Disgorged as Brut in November 2017 (dosage: 4.5 grams per liter). Tasted April 2018.”
Importer note “4 selected parcels from Le Mesnil-sur-Oger Grand Cru, Oger Grand Cru, Avize Grand Cru and Cramant Grand Cru”Pierre Peters L’Etonnant Monsieur Victor Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru, Champagne (2011) NV 750ML ($349.95) $299 pre-arrival special, 4 bottles available
Terry Theise note “There is a droll and touching story about the label concepts, which entail a series of pastiches of various “famous” works of art in the style of Takashi Murakami. Think Manga graphics meet Pop-Art style; they’re funny and vivid. The wine is “based on a blend of our best Perpetual Reserve’s vat and our best Vin Clair’s vat, aged on a natural cork while on the lees, it matures for more than five years before disgorgement.” As you would expect, production is tiny.”
Pierre Peters Les Chetillons Oenotheque Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut, Champagne 2002 750ML ($349.95) $299 pre-arriving special, 6 bottles available
VinopolNote: The second release of the single-vineyard Champagne aged for an extended period on natural cork.
Terry Theise note ” The wine answers a challenge presented to Péters by a British wine writer, to loosen the wines up by permitting casks to be used. What he did instead was to age the wine an extra year in tank before tirage, to create a “mature but not oxidative” Champagne. It’s aged agrafé on the lees, also for longer than the regular NV. The wine can be wonderful. They make their own dosage from must-concentrate they do themselves (does anyone else in Champagne do this???) and age it in a 60-liter barrel of old wood from Cognac, so the Champagne has a sly bit of bois after all. After a short hiatus to let the 2011-base to slip into the mists, we’re back and with a vengeance. This is 2012-based, deg 11/2017, and it’s a wild beast, extreme biscuits and rye crackers; balances the power of ’12 with the herbal notes from ’11 and ’10; raw pizza dough, sorrel, this wine is crazy in the best way.”Pierre Peters Cuvee Rose for Albane Brut, Champagne NV 750ML ($129.95) $99 pre-arrival special, 2 bottles available
Winemaker’s note ” An innovation and small revolution for our family house which produced exclusively Blancs de Blancs Champagnes prior to 2007, this Cuvée is a blend of Chardonnay from Le Mesnil and a wonderful “Rosé de Saignée” giving birth to a Rosé Champagne in keeping with the Pierre Peters style: full of freshness, purity and elegance.”