Headquartered in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Champagne Pierre Péters is a sixth-generation family-run Estate that has been spearheaded by Rodolphe Péters, Pierre’s grandson, since 2008. Cultivating 20ha of Chardonnay across several Grand Cru villages in the Côte des Blancs (Oger, Avize, Cramant and, most of all, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger), Rodolphe is the most fêted grower-producer in Le Mesnil, crafting elegant, refined and mineral Blanc de Blancs in great respect of the inimitably salty, chalky terroir that distinguishes the Côte des Blancs. Such is the significance of this soil that Rodolphe is reluctant to walk in the vineyard ‘for fear of crushing the chalk’. Here, sitting just 10–30 cm below a thin topsoil, Rodolphe’s prized chalk is easily accessed by the vine roots and provides excellent drainage.
Exercising further vigilance, Rodolphe adopts sustainable farming practices to protect and promote the health of his soils, which, in turn, produce exceptional grapes that are then harvested by hand and pressed slowly. Vinification is careful and selective, involving tasting pressed juice for quality, cultivating indigenous yeasts from the Estate’s vineyards for selection, and fermenting in small batches using stainless steel tanks, allowing the distinctive terroir minerality to shine through all the cuvées.
Les Chétillons is the Estate’s crown jewel—a single-vineyard vintage champagne first produced in 1971 and widely sought after as one of Champagne’s finest Blanc de Blancs. More accessible and equally impressive cuvées include the intensely briny and mineral Extra Brut (a low dosage version of the Cuvée de Réserve), which will leave you coveting the next sip. Réserve Oubliée is unmissable as a champagne drawn entirely from a perpetual reserve dating back to 1988, while Rosé for Albane is an original champagne rosé that stuns with its precise and delicious execution of a very rare innovation.
These are some of the most pristine, briny and mineral-driven champagnes—perfect for pairing with robustly flavoured menus all year round.