La Peira’s Matissat named the Best Red Wine of France in the Lafont Presse ‘Classement des Meilleurs Vins de France’ 2014

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“A legend in the making”

The 2014 edition of the Lafont Presse ‘Classement de Meilleurs Vins de France’ has named La Pèira’s Matissat cuvee best red wine for all of France.

The wine – a pure Mourvèdre – is dubbed “a legend in the making” and garners a perfect (100/100) score.

It featured alongside a field of many of France’s finest producers such as Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse (Pauillac), Château Montrose (Saint-Estèphe), Château Léoville-Barton (Saint-Julien), Château Pape-Clément (Pessac-Léognan), Château de Beaucastel (Châteauneuf-du-Pape), Auguste Clape (Cornas), Guigal (La Landonne – Côte-Rôtie), and Chapoutier (Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage, and Châteauneuf-du-Pape).

Other inclusions from the Languedoc-Roussilion:

Domaine de la Grange des Peres (N° 15), Domaine Peyre Rose (N° 30),  Mas Jullien (N° 34),  Domaine Gauby’s Muntada (N° 54 ), and Mas de Daumas Gassac (blanc N° 34 ).

Writing on the La Pèira wines, Bertrand Rougier  (editor of the Guide Lafont) states:

“In just a few years, La Pèira en Damaisèla has established itself as one of the most groundbreaking properties of the Languedoc-Roussillon. Created in 2004, the property now ranks alongside – and in some eyes even above – the best of the best in Bordeaux and Burgundy.”

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Lafont Press – ‘Le Classement 2014 de Meilleurs Vins de France’ 2014

Guide Lafont Vins de France La Pèira notes

La Pèira 2010 (98/100)

 When the last hint of flavour finally disappears, you can’t help but feel a hint of regret – such are the monumental proportions of this wine.” (excerpt-link)

Las Flors de la Pèira 2010 (94/100)

“A dangerously delicious wine.” (excerpt – link)

Obriers de la Pèira 2011 (90/100)

“This wine is a delight from the first … a most affable and engaging wine.” (excerpt-link)

Matissat 2010 (100/100)

“A legend in the making!” (excerpt-link)

Full article
by Bertrand Rougier (translation by Florence Brutton)

La Pèira en Damaisèla

Les Terrasses
du Paradis

To taste the wines of La Pèira en Damaisèla is to take a bold step into another world – a better world that unfolds with every sip, extending far beyond the confines of the Terrasses du Larzac appellation. The estate is owned by author-composer, Rob Dougan and barrister, Karine Ahton, ably assisted by young Château Margaux-trained winemaker, Jérémie Depierre. All three can congratulate themselves on a rare achievement of truly monumental proportions!

In just a few years, La Pèira en Damaisèla has established itself as one of the most groundbreaking properties of the Languedoc-Roussillon. Created in 2004, the property now ranks alongside – and in some eyes even above – the best of the best in Bordeaux and Burgundy.

Its name comes from an Occitan stonemason’s adage, Plaçar una pèira en damaisèla, which means ‘place the stone with its best face forward’. At first glance, it’s hard to see how anyone could improve on what was there already: 11 hectares of stony but not meagre soils, in a sunny but breezy location that enjoys a combination of Continental and Mediterranean climate, bordered on one side by the Mas de Daumas Gassac and on the other by La Grange des Pères and the woods of Pauliau [Bois de Pauliau]. Predictably, the yield is very small: less than 9hl/ha for the Grenache and Syrah that make up the La Pèira cuvee. The vines are short-pruned and constantly tended. Desuckering, leaf removal, thinning, green harvesting – work in the vineyard never stops. No-one knows this better than Jérémie Depierre, the man who has turned this naturally well-endowed land into something truly marvellous.

Harvesting is of course entirely manual. The grapes are placed in small crates then taken to the winery in air-conditioned vehicles for double-sorting and de-stemming. Barrel maturation is gloriously unhurried (the La Péira, for instance, ages on fine lees in new barrels for 18 to 24 months) and there is no fining or filtration whatsoever. It is no accident that these wines taste more like the purest nectar than grape juice.

That said, neither the talents and ambitions of the owners nor the quality of the terroir are quite enough to explain the miracle that takes place in every bottle. We can only conclude that these wines must be touched by magic. How else to describe that feeling of almost beatific pleasure that they arouse in the people who taste them – a feeling most of us can remember from childhood but never experience in adult life.

Bertrand Rougier

(full publication with all articles/classement can be purchased/viewed here:  Lafont Presse ‘Classement de Meilleurs Vins de France 2014′  )

All Matissat review can be seen here: Matissat reviews.

Andrew Jefford profiles Rob Dougan in Gourmet Traveller

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Andrew Jefford profiles Rob Dougan in Gourmet Traveller

In an article for Gourmet Traveller (almost 10 years to the day after being last interviewed in the The Guardian newspaper), Andrew Jefford (one of the world’s finest wine writers) tracks down Rob Dougan in the inland hills of the South of France, and looks at the work at La Pèira.

Claiming, “The unusual thing about Rob Dougan is that he doesn’t think like most Languedoc domaine owners. He is madder or more innocent”, he goes on to look at the La Pèira wines.

Here it is just possible, “that high-quality wine was made hereabouts in Roman times. This is not a typically rocky, austere Languedoc hill site; the deep, filtering gravels are more sumptuous and Bordeaux-like.”

Of his subject, he states he is, “enigmatic and thin-skinned; self-demeaning and understated but fiercely proud”.

For all this, he concludes, La Pèira has produced, “great wines, the kind of wines that can jolt consumers’ perceptions of the Languedoc and can rival the best from Bordeaux, and the Rhône. Maybe, given time, they might even right a historical wrong.”

Part of Andrew Jefford’s article in the Oct/Nov edition of Gourmet Traveller can be found excepted here (or by clicking on the image above).

Andrew Jefford is the author of The New France (a seminal work on the wines of France) and Peat Smoke and Spirit: A Portrait of Islay (on Islay and its Whiskies) amongst many other publications, and writes for Decanter, The World of Fine Wine, and The Financial Times (FT). His website can be found here.

The Gourmet traveller website can be found here.

La Pèira in the The World Atlas of Wine, 7th Edition by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson

La Pèira in the The World Atlas of Wine, 7th Edition by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson

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La Pèira in the The World Atlas of Wine, 7th Edition by Hugh Johnson & Jancis Robinson

In a week that saw La Pèira kindly categorised as, “Southern France’s First Growth” by Andrew McMurray, vice president of New York’s famous Zachys, we were delighted to see La Pèira appear in the 7th Edition of The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson, for the first time published as an Ibook on Itunes as well as in hardback.

The article on the region speaks of producers such as La Pèira who have:

“confirmed the high potential of the relatively cool, windy hills north of Clermont” [the Terrasses du Larzac].

The publication is available in hard copy via Amazon, and on Ibook for Ipad available via Itunes.

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Fields, Morris & Verdin Grand Portfolio Tasting 2013

Fields, Morris & Verdin Grand Portfolio Tasting

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La Peira CrossAn extraordinary reaction to the La Pèira wines yesterday at the brilliantly organised Fields, Morris & Verdin Grand Portfolio 2013 tasting at Church House in Westminster.  Now incorporating the portfolios of Richards Walford and Mistral Wines, the tasting saw a staggering 100 or so producers flying in from all points of the  globe. The quote above is from William Gossip and the team at the excellent Richard Dawes Fine Wines, with whom we had the good fortune to show the lastest vintages to and who kindly wrote about the wines: link here

Genius Loci: Andrew Jefford in Decanter on the La Pèira Vintages 2005-10


Genius Loci
: Andrew Jefford in Decanter on the La Pèira Vintages 2005- 2010

La Pèira Bois de Pauliau | Photo Credit: Georges Souche

La Pèira Bois de Pauliau | Photo Credit: Georges Souche

Could be Genius Andrew Jefford

Andrew Jefford writing at Decanter.com on a recent vertical tasting of the La Pèira vintages 2005-2010 suggests, “They could be the work of a genius”.

After casting around for possibilities, he finally settles on Genius Loci, the Roman term for the protective spirit of a place.

That place? The Bois de Pauliau (pictured above) where the ground is “deep glacial rubble”, “stony, but not austere”, and “bright but ventilated”; “For the Languedoc, it feels almost Médoc-like”.

For the Languedoc - Medoc-Like - Andrew Jefford

As for the wines: “Every time I get a chance to taste these wines, they bring me uncommon pleasure. They are concentrated, perfumed, fleshy, heady, allusive and beguiling. Every bottle is drained to the last drop. As I polish the glasses afterwards, I begin looking forward to the next time.”

The Vertical Tasting

“I tasted La Pèira 2005 to 2010, and Matissat 2007 to 2010. These wines are expensive (£63 per bottle for La Pèira, and £50 for Matissat, from Berry Bros) [$130.00, and $105 in the US], but worth it for anyone whose circumstances allow purchases of that sort. The decent Les Obriers is £15.95 from the same source, but I would rather save up and have one bottle of the indecent La Pèira than four of Les Obriers. Las Flors at £27 is perhaps the canniest buy: La Pèira writ small. (That’s still large.)”

Andrew Jefford’s Notes on the Wines 

La Pèira 2005

La Peira 2005 Jefford Profound quote 2“I don’t suppose they’ll ever make another wine like the 2005 La Pèira (for which yields were a barely sane 9 hl/ha): this Gargantua of the Languedoc remains rich, mouth-coating, essence-like, profound, and good for a half-century of ageing.” Andrew Jefford Decanter March 2013 [Wine Searcher link for La Pèira 2005 vintage 

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“If you have any of the 2006 La Pèira — lucky you. In aesthetic terms, I think this is the most beautiful of all so far; more Venus de Milo than Gargantua. Milky, gentle, graceful, poised and Pomerol-like, with perfectly judged black-fruit ripeness and svelte, sumptuous tannins.” Andrew Jefford Decanter March 2013 [Wine Searcher link for the La Pèira 2006 vintage]

La Pèira 2007

La Peira 2007 ANDREW JEFFORD GRANGE QUOTE“The 2007 is the Grange of the set: a multi-layered, exotic cocktail of everything you might want a wine from hereabouts to be, with cascading texture and depth.” Andrew Jefford Decanter March 2013 [Wine Searcher link for the La Pèira 2007 vintage]

La Pèira 2008

La Peira 2008 just as good as 2007 Andrew Jefford“Just as good [as the 2007], for me, is the 2008: less evident extravagance than in the 2007, but more elemental complexity, as elderberries take over from plums, leather and meat qualifies the fruit, and the finish grows stonier.“ [Wine Searcher link for the La Pèira 2008 vintage]

La Pèira 2009

La Peira 2009 Andrew Jefford deep-drizzled ripeness, perfumeI once called La Pèira a liqueur of the garrigue, and the 2009 seems to summarise that deep-drizzled ripeness, perfume and incipient sweetness.” [Wine Searcher link for the La Pèira 2009 vintage]

La Pèira 2010

La Peira 2010 another monument-in-waiting Andrew Jefford quote“The 2010 looks like another monument-in-waiting: peacock-like in terms of its aromatic allusions (plant essences, crushed roots and pounded stones). It’s hard to believe that this powerful and searching wine contains no Mourvèdre.” [Wine Searcher link for the La Pèira 2010 vintage]

Matissat Vertical Tasting Vintages 2007-2010

Matissat 2007

The 2007 pure-Mourvèdre Matissat was the greatest of its own short flight: perhaps the most engagingly baroque example of this variety I have ever tasted (blackberries, mushrooms, blood, white truffle and viscera: gorgeous), and another wine that seems unlikely to die before I do.

Matissat PDF with David Schildknecht / Jancis Robinson / Andrew Jefford reviews (link) [For availability & details: Matissat [at] gmail dot com or roth109 [at] aol dot com]

Matissat 2008

The 2008 is (like the La Pèira of that year) a much tighter, more gathered wine, with shattering concentration, Valrhona acidity, a herbal macerate.

Matissat PDF with David Schildknecht / Jancis Robinson / Andrew Jefford reviews (link) [For availability & details: Matissat [at] gmail dot com or roth109 [at] aol dot com]

Matissat 2009

The 2009 transforms that black chocolate into gratifyingly milky milk chocolate, softens the tannins and adds a spoonful of liquorice essence.

Matissat PDF with David Schildknecht / Jancis Robinson / Andrew Jefford reviews (link) [For availability & details: Matissat [at] gmail dot com or roth109 [at] aol dot com]

Matissat 2010

The 2010 seemed primitive and adolescent at this stage, and still trying to resolve its personality, but full of the thorny, thrumming blackberry this variety surrenders hereabouts.

Matissat PDF with David Schildknecht / Jancis Robinson / Andrew Jefford reviews (link) [For availability & details: Matissat [at] gmail dot com or roth109 [at] aol dot com]

Genius Loci

Temple at Castle Howard

The English Augustan-style Temple of the Four Winds at Castle Howard

The Latin phrase, Genius Loci (in classical Roman times, an attendant spirit of a person or place) entered the English language as a figure with Alexander Pope’s writing on landscape and architecture. Pope disdained the symmetrical style (Versailles and Fontainebleau for instance), encouraging a more “natural” one where landscape and garden harmonised. Pope suggests, “to follow Nature, even in works of mere luxury and elegance. Instanced in architecture and gardening, where all must be adapted to the genius and use of the place, and the beauties not forced into it, but resulting from it.”. The English Augustan period adopted Roman forms, be it in Architecture (via Andrea Palladio), Literature (Horace and Virgil), or ideas such as Genius Loci, as dramaticaly illustrated by the Temple of the Four Winds (pictured above) at Castle Howard modeled on Palladio’s Villa Capra. The famous lines from Pope’s Epistle IV:

Consult the genius of the place in all;
That tells the waters or to rise, or fall;
Or helps th’ ambitious hill the heav’ns to scale,
Or scoops in circling theatres the vale;
Calls in the country, catches opening glades,
Joins willing woods, and varies shades from shades,
Now breaks, or now directs, th’ intending lines;
Paints as you plant, and, as you work, designs.

Jeb Dunnuck’s The Rhone Report La Peira Reviews March 2013


Rhone Report La Peira 1The Rhone Report La Pèira Reviews March 2013

Rifling through The Rhone Reports latest issue. Lots of wonderful notes from the Northern Rhône (Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage, St. Joseph, Cornas, Condrieu) from producers such as Jean-Louis Chave, Chapoutier, Guigal, Jaboulet, Georges Vernay, Auguste Clape, amongst many others, to peruse.

In a huge issue that also covers the Southern Rhône, South of France, Spain and much more, the La Pèira 2010 garnered some of the top marks among reviewed French releases.

Text and reviews from the issue follow:

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On La Pèira

“The Sine Qua Non of the Languedoc? La Pèira en Damaisèla continues to knock it out of the park and in my view, is the leading estate in all of the Languedoc and Roussillon. While not shrinking violets and certainly ripe, large scaled efforts, the wines have a beautiful purity and elegance about them that keeps you coming back to the glass. I reviewed both of the 2010s here from barrel, and I was thrilled to see them show so well from bottle. In addition, the tiny production Mourvèdre blend, Matissat, is more than a little impressive. Don’t miss a chance to taste it.”

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Reviews

2010 La Pèira en Damaisèla Terrasses du Larzac La Pèira Red 99

Similarly styled, yet with even more purity, concentration, and delineation, the 2010 La Pèira is incredible any way you look at it and easily the greatest wine I’ve tasted from the Languedoc to date. Comprised of 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache and aged in 60% new French oak, it possesses spectacular aromas and flavors of crème de cassis, chocolate, wild herbs, crème brûlée, and liquid flowers to go with a full-bodied, concentrated, and voluptuously styled palate that is perfectly balanced, has no hard edges, and blockbuster length on the finish. Just about as good as wine gets, with incredible freshness as well as masses of tannin that emerge on the finish, this borderline perfect wine can be consumed now, or anytime over the coming two decades. As with the Las Flors de La Pèira, I followed this bottle for multiple days and it was even more impressive on the second day. (99 pts.)

2010 La Pèira en Damaisèla Terrasses du Larzac Las Flors de La Pèira Red 94

The 2010 Las Flors de La Pèira is a rich, full-throttle effort that almost gushes fruit. A blend of 55% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, and 5% Cinsault that was aged in 25% new French oak, it has an inky purple color that’s followed by a sweet bouquet of crème de cassis, damp earth, pepper, new leather, and chocolate-like nuances. Medium to full-bodied and decadent on the palate, with good acidity, a chewy, unctuous, yet seamless texture, and a great finish, it is a powerhouse that will age effortlessly for 10-12 years, if not longer. I followed this bottle for two days and it was even fresher and more impressive on day two, so don’t be afraid to give it some air if drinking anytime soon. (94 pts.)

2011 La Pèira en Damaisèla Terrasses du Larzac Les Obriers de La Pèira Red 91

From one of the top estates in the Languedoc, the 2011 Les Obriers is an intriguing blend of 65% Cinsault and 35% Carignan that spent 18 to 24 months in barrel prior to being bottled unfined and unfiltered. It displays a finesse oriented profile with notions of red and black fruits, old leather, rose petal, and background herbs carrying through the medium-bodied, seamless, and decidedly polished palate that has integrated, yet racy acidity keeping everything focused nicely. Turning more and more floral and elegant with air, it’s a beautiful wine that will drink nicely for 4-6 years. (91 pts.)

Copyright © 2013 The Rhone Report Jeb Dunnuck:  http://therhonereport.com/

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The White | Deusyls de la Pèira

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2011 Deusyls de la Pèira White 94 

Quite possibly the top white I was able to taste from the entire region, the 2011 Deusyls de la Pèira, a blend mainly Viognier yet with a splash of Roussanne, would give a top Condrieu a run for its money. Beautiful on the nose, with sweet apricot and peach driven fruit intermixed with flowers, butter crème, toasted nut, and spice, it flows onto the palate with thrilling richness that never seems heavy or cumbersome in the least. Full-bodied, voluptuously textured, and brilliantly focused and long on the finish, it is a superb white that should not be missed. (94 pts.) Copyright © 2013 The Rhone Report Jeb Dunnuck:  http://therhonereport.com/

Matissat (Pure Mourvèdre)

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2009 Matissat La Pèira Terrasses du Larzac Red 96

The most complete and tasting like a mix of the ’07 and ’08, with the purity and freshness of the ’08 and some (not all) of the richness found in the ’07, the 2009 Matissat is a pure, classically built Mourvèdre that offers beautiful black raspberry and cassis styled fruit intermixed with wild herbs, tree bark, liquid flower, and blood. Full-bodied, seamless, and incredibly elegant, with perfect balance, clean, integrated acidity, and brilliant precision on the finish, it too can be consumed now or cellared for 15+ years. (96 pts.)

2008 Matissat La Pèira Terrasses du Larzac Red 92

More fresh and lively aromatically, with pretty berry fruit, pepper, basil, wet stone like minerality, and salty sea breeze like aromas and flavors, the 2008 Matissat is a more classic, streamlined version of the 2007. Full-bodied, beautifully fresh, focused, and pure, yet still with superb backend concentration and voluptuousness, it is a gorgeous 2008 that will drink nicely for 12-15 years. (92 pts.)

2007 Matissat La Pèira Terrasses du Larzac Red  94

A blend of 100% Mourvèdre that comes from the same plot as the vines for the top cuvee, La Pèira, the 2007 Matissat sports a deep purple color to go with backwards, almost brooding aromas of smoked black currants, plum sauce, violets, herbed game, hickory, and dark chocolate on the nose. Full-bodied and incredibly mineral-driven on the palate, with a saliva inducing salty, almost blood-like quality, this awesome wine has a seamless texture, fantastic concentration and extract, and a tannic, blockbuster finish that goes on for seemingly over a minute. Not your grandmother’s Mourvèdre, this singular beauty needs a solid decant if drinking anytime soon and will have two decades or more of total longevity. (94 pts.) Copyright © 2013 The Rhone Report Jeb Dunnuck:  http://therhonereport.com/

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Recent vintages summary for the region

“There’s no denying the region has had a string of superb vintages, and there are certainly high level traits that appear. A hot vintage, 2009 continues to impress and the wines taste better today than they did on release. Similarly styled to 2007, yet less concentrated, the wines have upfront, perfumed profiles, with notable, and sometimes dry, tannin. A step up and a fantastic vintage, 2010 as a whole had cooler weather which shows in the wines darker fruit profile, brighter acidity, and overall rich, yet pure mouth-feel…2011 was more erratic, yet is also superb and certainly a step up from 2008. The wines show softer, more supple, and approachable profiles than both ’09 and ’10.”

Copyright © 2013 The Rhone Report Jeb Dunnuck.

The Rhone Report is Jeb Dunnuck’s quarterly newsletter covering the wines and grapes of the Rhône Valley and elsewhere. The full report is extensive in both its coverage of regions and producers. Just even proofreading this issue must have been a large task.

A PDF of all recent Jeb Dunnuck reviews is here: Jeb Dunnuck – Recent Reviews
Jeb Dunnuck’s La Pèira 2006-2010 vintages reviews are here:
Jeb Dunnuck –  La Pèira reviews 2006-2010
Jeb Dunnuck’s Las Flors de la Pèira 2005-2010 vintages reviews are here: Jeb Dunnuck’s Las Flors de la Pèira 2005-2010

 
For the full report click here:  http://therhonereport.com/

Terrasses du Larzac Regional profile by James Lawther MW in Decanter Magazine

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Terrasses du Larzac Decanter Regional Profile by James Lawther MW

This month’s Decanter Magazine contains a useful profile of the Terrasses du Larzac Appellation by James Lawther MW.

“The expression of Terrasses du Larzac varies subtly with each producer, but these are wines of substance, freshness and balance.”

Among its observations, the report offers a vintage guide – which, while could be taken with a pinch of salt (not literally) when it comes to some of the recent La Pèira bottlings – is overall a good guide:

Terrasses du Larzac: know your vintages

2011 Generally good but rain at harvest caused some variability according to zone. Earlier drinking.
2010 Superb. Best of the decade. Concentrated but balanced wines with good acidity. Has 10 to 15 years’ ageing potential.
2009 Rich, generous wines with less acidity than 2010. Appealing now.
2008 Fresh and classic in style. Less forward than 2009 but will offer some pleasant suprises over the longer term.
2007 Very good. Like 2010 but less concentration. Continues to give pleasure.
2006 More tannic year but beginning to soften. Drink over the next three years.

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Jancis Robinson on La Peira’s Matissat: Tasting Article – Vintages 2007 to 2011

Jancis Robinson on La Pèira’s Mourvèdre: Matissat
in the vintages 2007-2008-2009-2010-2011

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“Make no mistake about it, this is a very special wine made on a very special estate.”
Jancis Robinson

We were fortunate to have Jancis Robinson look at La Pèira’s limited production pure Mourvèdre: Matissat.

Describing it as a, “particularly fine Languedoc wine” the article looked a vertical of five vintages (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011).

Recent tasting articles have included Oregon’s Evening Land,  Corney & Barrow’s vertical tasting of Pomerol’s Chateau Trotanoy, Manfred Krankl’s Sine Qua Non, and Alsace’s iconic Clos Ste Hune Riesling amongst others.

We were pleased to have these various vintages of this 100% Mourvèdre bottling – indeed Mourvèdre topped up with Mourvèdre over the 18-month élevage period, and grown on the Bois de Pauliau a few steps away from where it is vinified – looked in such a way.

This pure Mourvèdre – a cépage also known as Monastrell, and Mataro (see Jancis Robinson’s just released Wine Grapes for more information) – is available in very limited quantities, and we hope should not distract from the domaine’s La Pèira wines (for the latest superb reviews as of Oct 2012 click here).

Two of our favorite vintages in the Terrasses du Larzac over the last years in general have been the 2007 and 2009, and it was interesting to see these outstanding years perform slightly less well than the 2008 and 2011 – or for that matter the equally super 2010 vintage – in Jancis’ reviews. Hopefully these reviews (and others) might offer some insight into the character of each vintage over the 2007-2011 period.

PDF

All reviews including those the Wine Advocate’s, Andrew Jeffords, and Jancis Robinson’s – on vintages 2007-2011 are contained in this PDF (with some background regarding the wine and Jancis’ full article on La Pèira’s Matissat) here.

Jancis Robinson’s Matissat Reviews

(for the full article click links above)

La Pèira en Damaisèla, Matissat Mourvèdre 2007 Languedoc, Terrasses du Larzac 16.5 Drink 2010-2014
Still very dark crimson. Direct blackberry essence on the nose. Sweet and subtle. Smudgy liquorice edge. Flattering and round and with almost melted tannins though there’s a little chew on the end. Very luscious indeed but too low in acidity to refresh. Just a little overripe. 14.5%

La Pèira en Damaisèla, Matissat Mourvèdre 2008 Languedoc, Terrasses du Larzac 17 Drink 2013-2020
Paler than the 2007 with some evolution at the rim. Very mineral and tarry on the nose. Racy and transparent. Lots of freshness. Recognisably related to the 2007 but livelier and drier. A little muscular. Not as heavy as the 2007. Very clean. Not too heavy. 14.5%

La Pèira en Damaisèla, Matissat Mourvèdre 2009 Languedoc, Terrasses du Larzac 16 Drink 2015-2020
This wine seems to get lighter with every vintage. Mid ruby with some evolution at the rim. Not much aroma. Light spiciness and then both sweet and some chewy dryness. I’m not convinced about the balance of this wine.  The flavour seems to have been rather baked out. A bit awkward. 14.5%

La Pèira en Damaisèla, Matissat Mourvèdre 2010 Languedoc, Terrasses du Larzac 17+ Drink 2016-2024
Mid crimson. Gosh – so different from the 2007! Transparent and lively and very young and racy.  I think this could turn out to be a very fine wine indeed. For the moment it’s still quite chewy but there is impressive energy here.   14.5%

La Pèira en Damaisèla, Matissat Mourvèdre 2011 Languedoc, Terrasses du Larzac 17.5 Drink 2016-2026
Firm transparent deep crimson. Showing the mineral side of this wine at the moment. Delicate but sweet and seductive too. Very appealing. Transparent.  This doesn’t taste like a 14.5% wine. Very clean, pure and driven. Great energy.

For more information, updates, availabilty, or purchase email: Matissat@gmail.com
For the the latest La Pèira Reviews:

International Wine Report on Las Flors de la Peira

International Wine Report on Las Flors de la Pèira 2009

“La Peira is considered by many to be the benchmark producer in the Languedoc. The 2009 ‘Las Flors de la Pèira’ is just one reason for earning this reputation.”

Las Flors de la Pèira is La Pèira’s second wine.  The International Wine Report’s review of the Las Flors de la Pèira 2009 is here. Other reviews of the La Pèira wines from the IWR can be found here.

Further reviews of the wines here: Press and Reviews.

Andrew Jefford in the FT on the Wines of the South of France, Mourvedre, and Bandol

Andrew Jefford writes in the FT (Financial Times) on the Wines of the South of France, Mourvèdre, and Bandol

“the hugely seductive Matissat from La Pèira in Terrasses du Larzac”

Writing for the FT (Financial Times) Andrew Jefford suggests, “Mourvèdre will, I believe, one day be seen as the grape variety of choice for the finest, warmest red wine sites in the south of France”.

The article paints a bleak picture for the future of Bandol: “The fact that Bandol, just west of Toulon, is one of Provence’s leading seaside resorts seems to have a corrupting effect on wine production there. The sad truth is that most of its wine…is rosé. Red wine production has sunk to just 30 per cent of the total”.

All of which may be, in part, due to the fact the wines have not been overwhelmingly embraced as fine wines in the same way as those of other European regions:  “It is curious that the greatest wines of Bandol aren’t more widely acclaimed”.

The article is here: Greater Provence by Andrew Jefford

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