Though 2015 marks just the fourth vintage Rodolphe Péters has bottled this Le Mesnil single-site, its wine seems more established than this. Part must be that close proximity to Péters' holding in 'Les Chétillons' has us already feeling a vicarious closeness to that vineyard's style and expression, but perhaps it's more than this. That Péters has been able to so quickly isolate and center the uniqueness of 'Les Montjolys' leaves us with the odd feeling we’re getting to know something we somehow knew all along.
The vineyard sits in a little dip in its Le Mesnil terrain. There is a good amount of clay here and you feel this in the middle of your palate. Whereas 'Chétillons' tends to narrow from the midpalate to the finish, 'Montjolys' wants to widen and expand. This textural distinction feels particularly obvious in '15.
The nose opens with ripe notes of white peach and lemon alongside an intriguing brioche nuance I haven’t noted in previous renditions. The mouthfeel is expansive and textural though its flavors are charmingly precise, with verbena-tea like nuances peeking through the sweet citrus. Again, more tactile than ‘Chétillons’ and richer at the back. A lovely simultaneity of fruit richness and mineral energy this year.