Pierre Péters Les Chetillons Cuvée Speciale 2012

Champagne, France

750ml / 12% AVB

Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay

97 points Vinous

  The 2002 Brut Cuvée Spéciale Les Chétillons, the original release and aged on crown seal, is tremendous. Wow. Ample, sweeping and dramatic, the 2002 is utterly captivating. Smoke, graphite, ash, apricot jam and pastry are some of the many nuances that come alive in the glass, with a top note of reduction that is very appealing. On this day, the regular release is just a touch ahead of the Oenothèque. It’s hard to say exactly why that is, but I suspect that the post-disgorgement time is optimal. This is the finest bottle of the 2002 I have ever tasted. Disgorged July 2010. (AG)   (7/2018)

94 points Wine Spectator

  This full-bodied bubbly shows some bass tones of toast and roasted nuts, but also stays defined and fresh. Peach, apple pie and spice notes hold the center, and the texture is supple. The expansive finish offers flavors of candied berry, toast and mineral. Disgorged March 2010. Best from 2012 through 2030. (BS)   (12/2010)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

  Significantly harder-edged and more overtly alkaline and chalky than its successors tasted alongside, the Peters 2002 Brut Blanc de Blancs Cuvee Speciale Les Chetillons (from a bottle disgorged early in 2010) exhibits an herbal extract-tinged pear and melon fruit fundament reminiscent of the corresponding 2004. (Peters goes so far as to mention Chartreuse.) Hints of coffee ground lend a lightly roasted character, while pear pip and orange rind piquancy lend further counterpoint to the fruit, and a somewhat more meaty than crustacean savor serves for salivary stimulation. The dynamic on exhibit here is very slightly disjointed when compared with that displayed by the corresponding 2004, yet rivetingly energetic and persistent. I wonder whether this 2002 - impressive though it is - might not be passing through a difficult period from which it will emerge. I suggest planning tentatively on following some for another several years. (DS)   (11/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

  Pale gold. Compelling, perfumed bouquet of pear, quince, orange zest, white flowers and minerals, with a powerful suggestion of iodine that builds with air. This taut, mineral-driven Champagne gains flesh and sweetness in the mid-palate, offering deep citrus and orchard fruit flavors and an echo of iodine. For a dense Champagne this is admirably lithe, finishing with strong cut and excellent clarity. (JR)   (11/2010)

91 points John Gilman

  I really liked the 2002 les Chétillons bottling from Pierre Peters, which was particularly impressive in its complexity on both the nose and palate, and the only (very slight) reservation I have with the wine is that it is not as solid at the core as the very finest examples of the vintage. The bouquet is first rate, wafting from the glass in a very elegant mélange of pear, apple, chalky soil tones, bread dough and gentle notes of crème patissière in the upper register. On the palate the wine is medium-full, frothy and refined, with a rather modest core, elegant mousse, crisp acids and very good length and grip on the long finish that closes with a touch of backend butteriness from the wood. Fine juice, but not quite in the top division. Drink between 2013-2025.   (10/2013)


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