Champagne Peters

Champagne Peters is a house with a long history and a fine reputation for blanc de blancs wines from 19 hectares of vineyards in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger, Cramant and Avize in the heart of the famed Côte des Blancs.

For six generations, since Gaspar Péters arrived from Luxembourg and married in to a Champenois family, they have grown grapes here. In 1919 Camille Péters became one of the pioneering growers who decided to harvest, make and bottle his own wines and the family have never looked back.

Today they own nearly 18 hectares of prime vineyard sites, planted entirely with chardonnay and the sixth generation is in place in the form of Rodolphe Péters. He farms the east-facing slopes sustainably and all the fruit is hand harvested parcel by parcel. Gentle handling is the order of the day, to ensure that the very best juice possible is obtained, and each stainless-steel fermenting tank is marked with the vineyard source of the juice.

In addition to the best juice the family have established a deep reserve of older wines in a system that owes something to the soleras of sherry, with wines dating back twenty years or so. In 2007 the family released their first rosé wine using bought-in pinot meunier fruit and a dash of their own chardonnay which is added after saignée of the pinot.

Their acclaimed flagship wine, Les Chetillons, comes from a vineyard of the same name, a lieu-dit in the village of Le Mesnil planted with vines that are over 45 years old.