Pierre Péters is a Champagne house in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger particularly known for its range of Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay wines. In the last decade or so the estate has risen quickly into the top flight, garnering attention from international critics.
The Péters family has grown grapes on the Côte des Blancs for six generations, beginning in 1858 when Gaston Péters of Luxembourg married into a family of local growers. The wines were labeled Camille Péters from 1919 to 1944, when it was renamed for the new proprietor, Pierre Péters. To this day, the house remains family-owned and run.
The wines are made exclusively from estate vineyards, which is unusual in the region. In total, Pierre Péters has just over 19 hectares (47 acres) of Chardonnay vines mainly located in the top communes of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger, Avize and Cramant.
Les Chétillons is a highly regarded vineyard in Le Mesnil, from which Pierre Péters makes a single-vineyard wine of the same name. Juice is fermented in small temperature-controlled steel vats and aged on its lees. The non-vintage flagship Cuvée de Réserve features reserve wines from more than 15 different vintages of Grand Cru vineyard wines, while the Extra Brut is sourced from a single site.
L'Esprit is the multi-vineyard vintage wine, while La Perle is bottled at lower pressure and is slightly less dry than the other wines. The rosé is a blend of Chardonnay with rosé de saignée (lightly-colored red juice run off from red fruit) to give a pale-hued, elegant style.