La Pèira is the creation of Rob Dougan, an Austrailian-born, London-based musician who purchased his first vineyard in the Terrasses du Larzac in 2004 with absolutely no experience with making wine but he could sense the land’s potential. What he purchased, glacially deposited terraces of gravelly soils, spoke to him, there was something exciting about this land. Together with his wife, Karin they set about creating La Péira unconstrained by what others thought about the commercial potential of the Languedoc but inspired by what these gravelly soils had to say. With rigorous and uncompromising work in the vineyard and non-interventionist winemaking, the true character of this terroir may convey something of its beauty and wildness, something unique and expressive. This involves a meticulous approach to viticulture – very low yields, short pruning, de-suckering, crop thinning, shoot removal, leaf plucking, and green harvesting; the hand picking of perfectly ripe grapes in small cagettes; a double triage and sorting table and the careful élevage of small amounts of wine in new barrels.
Each of wines from La Peira are expressive of place starting with Les Obriers de la Peira, a blend of Cinsault and Carignan that is mineral, ethereal and aromatic and a striking example of the balance and elegance that these more humble varieties are capable of producing in the right terroir. La Flors de la Pèira, a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre with a touch of Cinsault captures both the elegance and power of the Terrasses du Larzac. La Pèira is the flagship wine of the estate, a blend of Grenache and Syrah that is a concentrated, classically structured, wonderfully complex and amazingly balanced wine that can stand shoulder to shoulder with anything coming from the Rhône or Bordeaux. Matissat, a wine made from 100% Mourvedre had Jancis Robinon remark, “Make no mistake about it, this is a very special wine made on a very special estate.” And finally Deusyls, a blend of Viognier and Roussanne which is explosive, lush and vibrant, demonstrating the capacity of the Terrasses du Larzac to produce whites as compelling as the reds.