A FEW TASTING NOTES & REVIEWS

Robert Parker - Wine Advocate
“This estate aims to rival the great Negly for making the top...
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personality in other words; the palate has concentration and depth, elegant all the way to its
sweetly perfumed finish.”

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chalk and a hint of tobacco; the palate marries green fruit, minerals and honey, with a
characteristic hint of salinity. T...
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  1. 1. A FEW TASTING NOTES & REVIEWS Robert Parker - Wine Advocate “This estate aims to rival the great Negly for making the top wines in Languedoc” David Schildknecht - Wine Advocate “New Neighbors to La Grange des Pères and Daumas Gassac - Be on the lookout for these wines.” Gary Vaynerchuk - Wine Library '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. “ Kyle Meyer - TheWineryChannel.tv “One of the most exciting wine discoveries I’ve seen from southern France in quite some time.” Andrew Jefford - www.andrewjefford.com “So with the samples delivered to the homes of those who write about wine. All deserve a taste, most a note, but I’ve never come across one that rearranged my inner pantheon in the way that truly great wine can. Never, that is, until a few weeks ago. Then it was that a relatively ramshackle package of boxes arrived from the Languedoc containing 11 bottles and a text.” “Terrasses du Larzac is a mineral playground with an least five internal terroirs. After my trip, I know a little more than I did, but it’s wonderfully complex and there are lots more to learn. Mas Jullien, Grange des Pères and Mas de Daumas Gassac have been variously responsible for most of the reputation of the area so far, but there are others on the way up, most notably La Pèira en Damaisèla (which, like Mas Jullien, lies near Jonquières)...I try to avoid the kind of macho superlatives which can devalue the currency of wine criticism, but the efforts which the team at La Pèira have made with the 2005, 2006 and 2007 vintages really did “blow me away.” Simon Field MW, Berrys Bros. & Rudd Rhône Buyer “I have, for several years, been privileged to taste alongside Andrew Jefford on the Decanter Wine Awards Languedoc panel. Andrew’s knowledge of the region and his beautiful descriptions of the wines are without equal. It was therefore hugely exciting when he introduced me to La Pèira, with the unequivocal assurance that this was probably the most exciting new property that he has ever come across in this region. Tasting the wines, it was easy to see why; every single wine is an absolute stunner; from the magisterial complexity of the white, Deusyls, through to the three reds which pretty much cover the spectrum of expectation from a great red wine; Les Obriers is fruity yet dense, Las Flors is rich yet magnificently intricate and La Pèira en Damaisèla is a terrific vin de garde, worthy of extended cellaring.One may not be able to ascent the poetic Olympus of Jeffordian description, but one is certainly fully in agreement with his opinion and completely bowled over by the quality of the wines. Located close to the iconic Mas De Daumas Gassac and la Grange des Peres, this property seems destined, at the very least, to share their very fine reputation.”
  2. 2. ************************ 2006 ************************ LA PEIRA EN DAMAISELA 2006 Andrew Jefford – The World of Fine Wine “It’s sumptuous and intricate, built on a core of great Mourvèdre, Grenache and Syrah. It has the lowest yields of all. It’s even more mouth entrancingly concentrated that Las Flors but with a more ethereal, perfumed style. “ Simon Field MW, Rhône Buyer - Berry Bros Rudd Medium-Full Bodied, Dry, Red, Other Varieties, Ready, but will keep, 14.5% alc. “The senior wine for the Pèira Domaine has been picked at extraordinarily low yields of 7.5 hl/ha in 2006 and is, unsurprisingly extremely concentrated. Cassis, black cherry even macerated prune, then undergrowth, spice and black pepper; the wine is young of course yet already boasts an ethereal elegance that seems to be the Domaine’s Calling Card, this in spite of the richness of the wine. To achieve such a thing is an achievement indeed, and puts this wine at or near to the top of the great wines of the Languedoc. “ LAS FLORS 2006 Andrew Jefford - Except from “One Bottle” The World of Fine Wine Magazine Issue 21 “Las Flors de la Pèira is a GSM (Grenache/Syrah/Mourvèdre) aged in smaller new barrels with lees (there is no racking of any of the wines “unless strictly necessary”). It’s a kind of liqueur of the garrigue...I’m torn between the 2006 Las Flors and the 2007 La Pèira. Let’s take the former, even though I’ve given both the 2006 and 2007 Pèira slightly higher prebottling scores because I have such a soft spot for grumpy old Mourvèdre. Aromatically, the bottle will need stowing for a while. There are creamy black-fruit characters but just a touch of reduction (thanks, no doubt, to the grumpy one). Comparison with the 2005 shows how this will slowly blossom into something teasingly complex, with all manner of warm-evening nuances. One sip of the 2006 and you realize that those black fruits have untrammeled purity and depth. The sip’s a dive. Not only that, but the dream of the Languedoc—wine that, although busy with fruit, still succeeds in gathering scents of the hills into itself, like shadows into night—is brilliantly realized here. All of these wines have substance, but this more than most. There’s fresh acidity, too, unpinning that fruit with appropriate discretion. The result is a balanced, thrilling, vivacious, deep, creamy, and perfumed red wine, but one pregnant with a sense of origin as few are. It’s shot to the center of my Languedoc orbit”. Kyle Meyer – Wine Exchange & Winerychannel.tv ”40% Syrah 40% Grenache 20% Mourvèdre Classic Rhone blend. Now we're taking about the Southern Rhone...Châteauneuf-du-Pape...The Syrah though really pops. There's smoked meats, pepper, bacon and blueberry. Showing more Northern Rhone-ie today. They’re probably losing money at forty bucks a bottle from what it costs them to produce this wine. What I love about these wines is that they are rich, their powerful, but they hold a lot in reserve, so your kinda thinking about what you’re going to get later, not necessarily the here and now, but where this wine going, and I love that, it’s fascinating to me (I’m a wine geek and that’s why we do this) but that’s not to say you couldn’t drink them now. Because with a nice plate of stew, beany stew, meat, leg of lamb, that sort of thing, this wine would just sing. One of the most exciting wine discoveries I’ve seen from southern France in quite some time.” Simon Field MW, Rhône Buyer - Berry Bros Rudd Medium-Full Bodied, Dry, Red, Other Varieties, Ready, but will keep, 14.5% alc. “Made from 40% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre (therefore known as an SGM), La Flors is aged in small barrels, having , once again been selected from low yielding fruit. Dark fruits almost rarefied into a liqueur, undergrowth and even hints of tar and roses; plenty of
  3. 3. personality in other words; the palate has concentration and depth, elegant all the way to its sweetly perfumed finish.” OBRIERS 2006 Robert Parker - Wine Advocate / 93 Points “Although this blend of 65% Cinsault and 35% Carignan is not from the Rhone Valley, since my colleague, David Schildknecht, has not had an opportunity to taste it, it’s included here. This estate aims to rival the great Negly for making the top wines in Languedoc, and this 2006 is their introductory offering. Falling somewhere between a great Cote Rôtie and a top-notch Hermitage, it boasts a dense purple color along with a super-ripe nose of blackberries, cassis, charcoal, wood smoke, and spice. Beautifully textured, full-bodied, and opulent, it is a stunning example of what can be accomplished in this backwater appellation. Drink it over the next 5-7 years.” Simon Field MW, Rhône Buyer - Berry Bros Rudd Medium-Full Bodied, Dry, Red, Other Varieties, Ready, but will keep, 14.5% alc. “Highly respected consultant oenologist Claude Gros has really struck gold with Les Obriers de la Pèira. His secret is fairly straightforward and centres on traditional winemaking with indigenous varietals (both Carignan and Cinsault pre-date Grenache in the area). The wine is incredibly complex, with aromas of tar, roses and spicy fruit; the palate is opulent and beautifully textured, a good match, perhaps, for beef stroganoff or meat-balls!” Chris Cree MW- 56 Degree Wines, October 31, 2008 “A deeply fruited and unique blend of 65% Cinsault and 35% Carignan, this wine represents some of the best juice I’ve ever tasted from the Languedoc. Sweet mixed berries, hints of cloves and cassis with a freshness and verve that make this wine so easy to love. The fine balance and lingering floral note that caresses the palate after the wine dissipates is really striking.” Kyle Meyer - Winery Channel TV | 65% Percent Cinsault, 35 % Carignan. From some of the oldest vines on the property. Hint of meat, pepper. Almost some Syrah characters coming out on this wine. Northern Rhone-ish. This has some deep simmering kind of blueberry curranty kind of fruit. There's a tangy aspect you could really hang your hat on. A little whiff of pepper and some spices. Very complex. It's a wine you don't want to swallow right away. 0D Is it as friendly as a Napa Valley Cabernet that was harvested at 18 percent alcohol? No. It's a little more reserved than that. But in the best way. DEUSYLS 2006 Gary Vaynerchuk -Wine Library “This brilliant white has more in common with top notch white Hermitage than anything else. Viscous, oily, rich and dense (almost tannic like a red), with waxy fruit flavors and jam packed with fresh honey. This should age nicely for 10 to 15 years.” Ronnie Sanders - Vine Street Imports “Golden yellow color. Very fresh nose, almost waxey. Pretty young wine that I think needs some time to develop. Lots of apple, pineapple, peach and white flowers. Looks like a young hermitage. Very good wine.“ Andrew Jefford - The World of Fine Wine “A succulent, glycerous, gently scented Viognier/Roussanne blend” Simon Field MW, Rhône Buyer - Berry Bros Rudd Medium-Full Bodied, Dry, White, White Rhône Blend, Ready, but will keep, 14.5% alc. “An absolute stunner! Only a few cases of white remained by the time we had taken Andrew Jefford’s advice, and tasted the range from Pèira. Made from 65% Viognier and 35% Roussanne, yielding a mean 17-18 hl/ha, this is one of the best white wines I have tasted from the Midi. It has texture, warmth and viscosity, a nose that evokes fennel, spring flowers, lemon, crushed
  4. 4. chalk and a hint of tobacco; the palate marries green fruit, minerals and honey, with a characteristic hint of salinity. To finish the note as it started…stunning!”
  5. 5. ************************ 2005 ************************ LA PEIRA EN DAMAISELA 2005 Gary Vaynerchuck - Wine Library / 99 Points “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!” LAS FLORS 2005 Gary Vaynerchuck - Wine Library / 95 points “Insanely good value, even at this price. This is cut from the cloth of a Clio or a Numanthia; killer good wine in the bottle, huge potential for good scores and a reasonable price. Super ripe, complex and well balanced enough with earth, this fantastic wine needs to be tried. Do not miss out on this sensational new wine! 40% Syrah, 40% Grenache Noir, and 20% Mourvèdre.” Kyle Meyer – Wine Exchange & Winerychannel.tv Las Flors is La Pèira’s Rhone style blend for want of a better term. We are talking 40% syrah, 40% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre from super low yields of 10/8 hl/ha. It does see 100% new oak (a mix of barrel sizes and tonnellerie) and ages on its fine lees until bottling without fining or filtration. Spice box, red fruits, toast and white pepper combine to create a very attractive nose. On the palate one gets the power of the syrah, sweet middle of the Grenache and chewy structure of the Mourvèdre, along with a spicy cherry and riddled peppery finish. The texture is remarkably polished for this style of wine. Still a youngster, it reminds us more of a great Cote- Rôtie for its balance but the flavour profile is indeed more In the Hermitage camp with a Grange des Peres kicker. Beyond cool… Ronnie Sanders of Vine Street Imports Deep dark cherry red. Needed about an hour to really show its stuff, but this is really impressive booze. DEUSYLS 2005 Gary Vaynerchuck -Wine Library / 95 points This brilliant white has more in common with top notch white Hermitage than anything else. Viscous, oily, rich and dense (almost tannic like a red), with waxy fruit flavors and jam packed with fresh honey. This should age nicely for 10 to 15 years. 65% Viognier and 35% Roussanne. This is exactly why I feel white wines are unappreciated in the world today and this wine should be drank by anyone who thinks whites don’t match up to reds.”

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