Mike & Gary's Bon Voyage: La Pèira (Part I)

Next up on our bon voyage through the Languedoc was a winery I had huge anticipation of visiting after this write-up – and the highest rating ever given – by Wine Library’s Gary Vaynerchuk:

“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! 99 points.”  – Gary Vaynerchuk, Wine Library TV 2009, of the La Pèira 2005 vintage.

Three years on, the most recent Rhone Report scored the 2010 vintage 97-100 points, and said this of the winery:

“One of the top estates in the Languedoc, and certainly in the crème de la crème of estates in the south of France, La Pèira en Damaisèla is owned by the well-known UK composer Robert Dougan, with the winemaking team consisting of Jérémie Depierre, with Claude Gros consulting. Producing full-bodied, powerful, and exceedingly rich wines, this estate is set apart by their ability to produce wines that not only show thrilling levels of fruit and texture, but also manage to hold onto a sense of purity, elegance, and balance.” – The Rhone Report, March 2012.
2010 La Pèira Terrasses du Larzac: “A more classic, structured, and mineral-driven profile with utterly captivating aromatics of crème de cassis and pit styled fruits that are intermixed with notions of roasted herbs, chocolate, crushed stone, and candied flowers that literally soar from the glass. Deep, layered, and yet still incredibly light and elegant on the palate, with spectacular purity of fruit, loads of richness, and fantastic freshness, this full-bodied beauty might just eclipse both the ‘07 and ‘09 (97-100 pts.)” – The Rhone Report, March 2012.

Doesn’t get much better, huh? Now meet the wine-maker, the aforementioned, and incredibly down-to-earth and charmingly affable, Jérémie Depierre.

The La Pèira range is available here from curiouswines.ie.

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