La Peira - Millésimes

La Pèira 2005

AOC LARZAC

The desire to discover the site’s innate qualities through exceptional viticultural work has shaped La Pèira’s philosophy since the beginning. La Pèira is a cuvée of Syrah, Grenache, and is a pure expression of the unique terroir of the Estate’s Bois de Pauliau lieu-dit.

2005 MILLÉSIME / VINTAGE

After a wet spring, 2005 proved overall a dry and warm vintage. Some welcomed rain before harvest introduced an otherwise sunny period before harvest which favoured later ripening cepages such as Syrah. The first vintage; concentrated and ripe.

Wine Advocate 97/100

The first vintage for the estate, and one of the great vintages for the cuvée, the 2005 Terrasses du Larzac la Peira is a big, rich, serious effort that’s still uber concentrated and structured, yet perfectly balanced and elegant, with no heaviness or weight on the palate. Loaded with notions of black currants, licorice, graphite, smoked meats and minerality, this beauty put an exclamation point on the term “Blockbuster!” Still lively and fresh, it’s a joy to drink today, but will cruise for another decade. 97/100 Drink 2016 – 2026

Jeb Dunnuck 30th Jun 2016 Source 225, The Wine Advocate

Jancis Robinson

Hot year. Very concentrated ruby right out to the rim. Warm and savoury on the nose. Really dense and satisfying, even if far from subtle. Quite a charge of tannins still – quite 2005 (as in Bordeaux)! Sweet and with a lightly burnt note. A wine to make an impact, and one that does slightly remind me of Trevallon. Sweet blackberry fruit on the finish and a certain graininess. As though the grape skins were pretty thick. 16.5 2010-20120

Andrew Jefford

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.

La Pèira 2006

AOC LARZAC

The desire to discover the site’s innate qualities through exceptional viticultural work has shaped La Pèira’s philosophy since the beginning. La Pèira is a cuvée of Syrah, Grenache, and is a pure expression of the unique terroir of the Estate’s Bois de Pauliau lieu-dit.

2006 MILLÉSIME / VINTAGE

While summer was warm and dry, a cooler August in 2006 led to a protracted harvest as varieties slowly reached maturity lending a suppleness and sense of balance in our sector to otherwise concentrated wines

Wine Advocate 95/100

The 2006 Terrasses du Larzac la Peira comes from a cooler vintage where the team used additional saignée to boost the concentration level. Deep, rich and concentrated, it’s starting to show some maturity in its darker, chocolaty fruits, currants, licorice, and graphite aromas and flavors. Rich, full-bodied and beautifully balanced, it’s drinking right in its maturity window, but has plenty of life. I would drink bottles over the coming 4-5 years, but it will certainly keep longer. Drink 2016 – 2021 95/100

Jeb Dunnuck Issue Date 30th Jun 2016 Source 225, The Wine Advocate

Jancis Robinson

Healthy crimson. A cooler year maybe but a much more refined wine than the very slightly rustic 2005. Polished with a wonderfully sumptuous texture and delightful freshness on the finish after a richly dark-fruited start. There’s something black about this wine: tar? liquorice? But overall it has great presence on the palate. Neat finish. 17.5/20 Drink 2010 – 2022 Note 10 Nov 2013

Andrew Jefford

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.

La Pèira 2007

AOC LARZAC

The desire to discover the site’s innate qualities through exceptional viticultural work has shaped La Pèira’s philosophy since the beginning. La Pèira is a cuvée of Syrah, Grenache, and is a pure expression of the unique terroir of the Estate’s Bois de Pauliau lieu-dit.

2007 MILLÉSIME / VINTAGE

Early flowering, temperate summer, and a warm autumn led to lower yields in 2007, and rich ripe wines characterised too by a feeling of lift and balance.

Wine Advocate 98/100

A true blockbuster is the 2007 Terrasses du Larzac la Peira, which is one of the more Syrah-dominated releases with 68% Syrah and the rest a mix of Grenache and Mourvèdre. Utterly captivating in its sexy, exuberant, overflowing array of black raspberries, cassis, toasted spice, lavender and incense, this beauty has full-bodied richness and no hard edges, with sweet, sweet tannin and a finish that just won’t quit. It’s up there with the handful of greatest wines I’ve tasted from the south of France, and should continue to knock your socks off over the coming 8-10 years. 98/100 Drink 2016 – 2026

30th Jun 2016 Source 225, Wine Advocate
Jancis Robinson

Syrah with a little Grenache. Blackish crimson. Leathery Syrah on the nose – rather sleek and refined and smells as though it may be a little austere and claret-like on the palate but in fact it is hugely seductive and rich and glamorous. Amazingly sweet seeming! 17.5 Drink 2015 – 2025

Andrew Jefford

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.

La Pèira 2008

AOC LARZAC

The desire to discover the site’s innate qualities through exceptional viticultural work has shaped La Pèira’s philosophy since the beginning. La Pèira is a cuvée of Syrah, Grenache, and is a pure expression of the unique terroir of the Estate’s Bois de Pauliau lieu-dit.

2008 MILLÉSIME / VINTAGE

A cooler vintage, characterized by a long, even ripening period, lead to the 2008 vintage producing approachable yet high-quality wines, with a lither, lively, fresh profile.

Wine Advocate 95/100

A hidden little gem, the 2008 Terrasses du Larzac la Peira offers a savory, complex, full-bodied, elegant style that shines in the vintage, and in fact, it might be one of the best wines from the south of France in the vintage. Giving up a terrific perfume of peppery herbs (there’s that classic Languedoc resinous scrub brush character), black fruits, truffle and crushed rock, it has beautiful mid-palate concentration, sound underlying structure and an impeccably balanced, age-worthy, lengthy feel. It shows incredible freshness and purity today, but will keep easily through 2026. It’s certainly not one of the most exuberant vintages here, yet it shows incredible class. 95/100 Drink 2016 – 2026

Jeb Dunnuck Issue Date 30th Jun 2016 Source 225, The Wine Advocate

Jancis Robinson

Cool year. Dark brownish crimson. Scented and expressive. Quite marked acidity but lovely texture and fluidity. Still with tannins lightly in evidence on the finish. Dry, as opposed to sweet, overall. Lots of minerals and interest here – all nicely showcased. 17/20 Drink 2015 – 2023 Tasted 10 Nov 2013

Andrew Jefford

Just as good, 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 Advocate 95/100 (Aug 2011)

From a blend close to that of its 2009 counterpart, the 2008 Terrasses du Larzac La Peira bears some resemblance to a top-notch Medoc in its ripe though restrained expression of black fruits allied to sealing wax and iodine, crushed stone and carob. Somewhat somber overall for a wine from this estate and with a more palpable sense of structure and sheer density than most Languedoc reds of its vintage, this nevertheless proceeds to finish with a surprising degree of sheer juiciness and energy as well as a nearly indelible impression of berry skin and mineral matter. It won’t seduce you in the manner of its 2009 counterpart, but it certainly commands your attention – indeed, the finish practically demands your submission! – and ought to do so for the better part of a decade, if not beyond. (What a great job the team here did of getting the 2007 La Peira into bottle! Tasted alongside this 2008, it offers complex floral perfume, intense fruit, as well as animal and mineral dimensions of saliva-inducing, next-sip-craving savor – all shot through with an almost electrical sense of energy.) Drink date: NA Aug 2011 Issue 196 95/100

La Pèira 2009

AOC LARZAC

The desire to discover the site’s innate qualities through exceptional viticultural work has shaped La Pèira’s philosophy since the beginning. La Pèira is a cuvée of Syrah, Grenache, and is a pure expression of the unique terroir of the Estate’s Bois de Pauliau lieu-dit.

2009 MILLÉSIME / VINTAGE

If 2008 (and 2006) appear to be cooler or more continental vintages, 2009 (with 2007) can be said to be Mediterranean one. Warm, dry conditions (at times even hot) led to ripe, concentrated, and opulent wines.

Wine Advocate 99/100

I continue to absolutely love the 2009 Terrasses du Larzac la Peira, and where the 2010 shows a cool, Bordeaux-like elegance and austerity, the 2009 is pure southern France in its exuberant, sexy, voluptuous and hedonistic personality. Black raspberries, spice-box, licorice and cured meats all emerge from this full-bodied, sexy, beast of a wine. It’s worth noting that this is the first vintage were they made the final blend right after the vinification and before going into barrel. There’s no harm cracking this beauty today, but it will certainly keep for another decade or more. 2016 – 2026

Jeb Dunnuck Issue Date 30th Jun 2016 Source 225, The Wine Advocate

Jancis Robinson

A warm year. Pruney colour. Scented and charming. More obviously sweet and pruney than the earlier vintages. Not as refreshing as some. A bit drying on the end. Very sweet overall. A dramatic wine but less my style than some others. Quite chunky tannins. Heat on the finish. 17/20 Tasted 10 Nov 2013

Andrew Jefford

I once called La Pèira a liqueur of the garrigue, and the 2009 seems to summarise that deep-drizzled ripeness, perfume and incipient sweetness.

La Pèira 2010

AOC LARZAC

The desire to discover the site’s innate qualities through exceptional viticultural work has shaped La Pèira’s philosophy since the beginning. La Pèira is a cuvée of Syrah, Grenache, and is a pure expression of the unique terroir of the Estate’s Bois de Pauliau lieu-dit.

2010 MILLÉSIME / VINTAGE

2010 can be seen in some ways to mix qualities of the 2008 and 2009 vintage. Good spring rains, moderate early temperatures, lead to a growing season in the Terrasses du Larzac of warm days and fresh cool nights.

Wine Advocate 97+/100

One of the standouts is the 2010 Terrasses du Larzac la Peira, and it might be the best in the lineup at maturity. Made from a blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache that was brought up all in barrel, this full-bodied beauty shows a deep, concentrated, structured and cooler style to go with tons of black fruits, minerality, iron and a beef blood-like quality that comes out with time in the glass. Still youthful and fresh, with a touch of austerity, it needs another 2-3 years of cellaring and will keep through 2030. Drink Date 2019 – 2030

Jeb Dunnuck Issue Date 30th Jun 2016 Source 225, The Wine Advocate

Jancis Robinson

Very dark indeed. Complex, well-balanced nose. Still very youthful but with most impressive raw ingredients. Lots of both tannin and acidity. Young but hugely promising. Not too hot but very nuanced with a dry, terroir-driven finish. Neat, reminds me of a particularly good Douro red table wine. 18/20 Drink 2017 – 2030 Date Tasted 10 Nov 2013

Andrew Jefford

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.

La Pèira 2011

AOC LARZAC

The desire to discover the site’s innate qualities through exceptional viticultural work has shaped La Pèira’s philosophy since the beginning. La Pèira is a cuvée of Syrah, Grenache, and is a pure expression of the unique terroir of the Estate’s Bois de Pauliau lieu-dit.

2011 MILLÉSIME / VINTAGE

A good deal of replenishment in the winter rain led to a warm spring and early growing season. A cooler summer and perfect August and September meant the 2011 vintage delivered ripe but approachable wines.

Wine Advocate 96/100

More sexy in style than the 2012, the 2011 Terrasses du Larzac la Peira offers fabulous notes of black raspberry, currants, beef blood, graphite and chocolate that continue to change and develop in the glass. A big, full-bodied, textured Languedoc, it shows the sunny nature of the vintage, has solid mid-palate depth, plenty of fine tannin and a hedonistic, yet elegant slant that’s impossible to resist. It should cruise for another decade.  96/100 Drink Date 2016 – 2026

Jeb Dunnuck Issue Date 30th Jun 2016 Source 225, The Wine Advocate

Jancis Robinson

Crimson and not that dense. Mid crimson. Treacle notes with herbs and spices. Dry finish. Still neat and racy. Transparent. Lively. Overall there is the trademark combination of minerals and sweetness. Sweetness dominates at the moment. Then a bit chewy on the end. Drink 2017 – 2030 Date tasted 10 Nov 2013 17/20

Andrew Jefford

Very gratifying: dried saucisson, lavender, oranges, thyme flower, beautiful Syrah here.  Fresh, sweet, poised, beguiling.

Intense, deep, liquorous, fleshy, tongue coating, lovely warm bass ripeness here.  Not particularly tannic, but lovely fat and flesh.  Saturated with herbs from top to bottom.Yes, liqueur of the garrigue, but very dry finishing, not liqueur sweet at all.  Just complete.  Totally “da meditazione.  Thunderous licorice and herbs and roots at the end.  How can your head not be turned by this?  Truly special occasion wine.

La Pèira 2012

AOC LARZAC

The desire to discover the site’s innate qualities through exceptional viticultural work has shaped La Pèira’s philosophy since the beginning. La Pèira is a cuvée of Syrah, Grenache, and is a pure expression of the unique terroir of the Estate’s Bois de Pauliau lieu-dit.

2012 MILLÉSIME / VINTAGE

An atypical vintage for La Peira. A cold spring, then cooler in general (if sometimes volatile) weather over the summer and leading up to harvest. The result is a 2012 vintage that is relatively lean bodied for the region, with a lively, fresh profile, accessible at an early age, with an earlier drinking window.

Wine Advocate (94 - 96)

The 2012 Coteaux du Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac La Peira is similar in style, with lively and fresh cassis, black raspberry, graphite, licorice and cedar notes flowing to a medium to full-bodied, profile on the palate. Pure, focused and nicely concentrated, enjoy it over the coming 10-12 years. (94 – 96) Drink Date 2014 – 2026

Jeb Dunnuck Issue Date 30th Apr 2014 Source 212, The Wine Advocate

Jancis Robinson

Mid ruby. Very different from the previous vintages – and I suspect not just because it is younger. Broader and more floral and transparent somehow. A real joker with none of the intensity of the previous vintages but with lots of sinewy appeal. Cool and fresh and with lots of freshness. To be drunk sooner than some? 17 / 20   Drink 2016 – 2022   Tasted 10 Nov 2013

Andrew Jefford

La Peira in Cote Rotie mood.  Concentrated, grand wine nonetheless, but still my least favourite vintage.  A little bit dry and smoky; midweight, with plenty of acidity but little tannin, so it comes across as just a little bit urgent and fleshless.

Wine Advocate (La Peira Vertical 2016)

Perfumed, spicy and complex, with lots of red and black fruits, toasted spices, Provencal garrigue and leather, the 2012 Terrasses du Larzac la Peira is medium to full-bodied, upfront, charming and already drinking beautifully. It should keep through 2022. 92/100 Drink Date 2015 – 2022

Issue Date 30th Jun 2016 Source 225, The Wine Advocate

La Pèira 2013

AOC LARZAC

The desire to discover the site’s innate qualities through exceptional viticultural work has shaped La Pèira’s philosophy since the beginning. La Pèira is a cuvée of Syrah, Grenache, and is a pure expression of the unique terroir of the Estate’s Bois de Pauliau lieu-dit.

2013 MILLÉSIME / VINTAGE

After cold, damp start to the year, an Indian summer led to a late harvest with Syrah and the late-ripening Carignan and Mourvèdre faring particularly well. A delicacy and youthful feeling of the finesse of the 2012 – but with more the frame and body of 2011.

Wine Advocate 93+/100

The top cuvee is the 2013 Terrasses du Larzac la Peira, and in 2013 it’s a structured, closed, backwards and full-bodied effort that will need 3-4 years of cellaring to show its full potential. Offering lots of meatiness, roasted herbs, graphite and both black raspberry and blackberry fruit, it hits the palate with lots of tannin, good ripeness and a focused, firm texture. It will still be drinking nicely at age 20. 93+ / 100 Drink Date 2016 – 2036

Jeb Dunnuck  Issue Date 28th Apr 2016 Source 224, The Wine Advocate

Andrew Jefford

Very fine, light, elegant, dense and darting — a Robinson La Peira or an Alex Hunt La Peira.  But very good; has the magnificent concentration and the engaging liquorousness of the best of the others too.  Very Languedoc, very herbal and wild thyme, as they all are.  Will be very long-lasting, and some will love this above all others; for me, the 15 is still a plus on this, because it has the pristine definition of this wine but with better bass amplitude.  A little more enchantment than the 14, though the two share some stylistic kinship

Wine Advocate (95 - 97)

Moving to their top cuvee, the 2013 Terrasses du Larzac La Peira shows the purity and freshness of the vintage. Tasted out of barrel and a blend of mostly Syrah, with one-third Grenache, it exhibits impressive raspberry, cassis, violets (and assorted floral nuances), exotic spices and licorice to go with a medium to full-bodied, vibrant and decidedly elegant and fresh profile on the palate. As with the other 2013 barrel samples, I expect this to continue to gain weight and richness in barrel. Given the overall purity and balance, I imagine it will be reasonably approachable on release, yet benefit from short-term cellaring.

Issue Date 30th Apr 2014 Source 212, The Wine Advocate Jeb Dunnuck Drink Date N/A

La Pèira 2014

AOC LARZAC

The desire to discover the site’s innate qualities through exceptional viticultural work has shaped La Pèira’s philosophy since the beginning. La Pèira is a cuvée of Syrah, Grenache, and is a pure expression of the unique terroir of the Estate’s Bois de Pauliau lieu-dit.

2014 MILLÉSIME / VINTAGE

A dry year, where a coolish summer produced wines of concentration and quality.  Fortunately, hail and rain, which touched much of the wider region, missed La Pèira (and the Terrasses du Larzac for the most part).

Wine Advocate (93 - 96)

One of the wines of the vintage will be the 2014 Terrasses du Larzac la Peira comes from a single parcel of vines just beside the estate and is a mix of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre that’s raised in 40% new barrels. Its inky color is followed by fabulous notes of blackberries, pepper, beef blood and violets. Big, rich, full-bodied and nicely balanced, with a great mid-palate and tons of chocolatey fruit on the finish, it’s less concentrated than the 2015 yet will evolve nicely on its balance. Drink Date NA  (93 – 96)

Jeb Dunnuck Issue Date 28th Apr 2016 Source 224, The Wine Advocate

Andrew Jefford

Deep but not opaque

Rich, fudgy, thyme, clay, stone, sweet stone and earth, black fruits, very faintly funky but somehow there’s a savoury attractive overtone here (and the funk clears … on going back there is in fact more aromatic freshness and juicy detail than in the 13 — totally cleared after 30 mins, bs apres tout).

> Concentrated, one of the tenor ones, very taut and tight and almost cool, taste of wild brush leaves, very akin to a taste of the bush in Australia or a taste of the Fynbos in SA (and chaparral in California).  Dry, bright, dramatic, intense, incisive … more G than Sy?  Almost seems so.  As I remember the 08.  Not a particularly easy Peira to drink at this stage since almost painfully concentrated; in five years, the tenseness will have relaxed a little.  Lacquered on the outside, despite the lunging concentration and dramatic acids on the inside.  Essence of garrigue really; these are just other ways of struggling to say the same thing …  The 15 alongside has a brightness and juiciness which this one doesn’t, as well as that pristine quality and those lovely poised textural tannins beneath.  But note that with both the fruits are moving away super-ripe black fruits of the early years towards something much redder and livelier … you could even see this as redcurrant or cranberry.

La Pèira 2015

AOC LARZAC

The desire to discover the site’s innate qualities through exceptional viticultural work has shaped La Pèira’s philosophy since the beginning. La Pèira is a cuvée of Syrah, Grenache, and is a pure expression of the unique terroir of the Estate’s Bois de Pauliau lieu-dit.

2015 MILLÉSIME / VINTAGE

Early, hot vintage with dry growing conditions producing deep, rich, full-bodied wines with at the same time a purity of fruit and sound, tannic structure.

Wine Advocate (94 - 96)+

A serious, structured, concentrated vintage for the cuvee, the 2015 Terrasses du Larzac la Peira is 47% Syrah, 45% Grenache and the balance Mourvèdre. Raised all in barrel, its inky purple color is followed by fabulous notes of black raspberries, scorched earth, crushed herbs and spring flowers. This bid, full-bodied, tannic effort has beautiful freshness and purity, and will have two decades of overall longevity. Drink Date NA (94 – 96)+

Jeb Dunnuck Issue Date 28th Apr 2016 Source 224, The Wine Advocate

Andrew Jefford

deep b-r

> ah yes now the Syrah comes thudding in with the sumptuous soft sweet black fruits, the virgin dark night dreaming sleeping beauty fruits … and thyme.  Bit of rawness here but impressive.

> We’re back!  It’s a great La Peira.  All the depth, thunder, drum roll grandeur is there; better tannins than many; sensationally tight-knit fruits.  Meaty too even thought the Mourvedre is elsewhere.  Liquorice choc depths.  Mind-blowing stuff.  So concentrated, yet in this vintage so balanced, so fresh, so fine, so lifted, so spicy so grippy, such weighty tannins, such enrobed tannins.  Such grown up black fruits.  All the Languedoc’s sensuality but lifted to a very high degree of finesse and poise.  Despite the richness, almost crisp and dramatic in this vintage.  Wow: well done to all.  A little bit reductive now but that’s as it should be for an unfinished serious red …

X

Forgot Password?

Join Us

Password Reset
Please enter your e-mail address. You will receive a new password via e-mail.