2006 La Pèira en Damaisèla "Las Flors de la Pèira" Coteaux du Languedoc-Terrasses du Larzac (Elsewhere $50)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 Coteaux du Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac Las Flors de la Peira--with a bit more Grenache and correspondingly less Syrah than its 2007 counterpart--displays a simultaneously ravishing and decadent nose of fading lilies, iris, candied black fruits, mint chocolate, resin, and baking spices. Chalky, stony foundations under-gird the chocolate-drenched and spice-dusted black fruits on the palate, and an inner mouth floral profusion persists right though to a superbly soothing finish. In both perfume and its cocoa-powder richness and velvet texture, this puts me in mind of a great Pomerol. For as far-gone on sheer ripeness and decadence as it is, this retains a wonderful sense of lift and elegance. Here is further proof (in a dramatically different style from Olivier Jullien’s wine) that 2006 was especially favored in this sector of the Terrasses du Larzac, and certainly this wine bids fair to evolve fascinatingly for at least a decade.
"Like these workers of yesteryear, our aim is to take what nature, and this stony soil has to offer and try to find its most beautiful expression." This is the motto of La Pèira en Damaisèla, a small domaine in the Terrasses du Larzac in the Languedoc, where the soils are stony and the air is perfumed with the aromas of rosemary and thyme. The 2006 La Flors is composed of 35% Syrah, 45% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre, assembled in the capable hands of the young Jérémie Depierre, who staged at Chateau Margaux and Guiraud. This may be one of the finest wines to come from this region, and it is a steal at only $29.99. 14.5% abv.