90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
“Already in bottle, the 2012 Coteaux du Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac Les Obriers offers fabulous Cinsault character and shows how interesting this variety can be when done right. Incredibly floral and perfumed, with sweet blackberry, violets, lilacs and exotic spices, this medium-bodied, elegant and silky effort builds on the palate, shows notable freshness and a pure, hard-to-resist feel. I’d drink it over the coming 4-5 years, but it will evolve for longer."
Vinous Reverie Notes
“One of reference point producers in the Languedoc, and in my view, easily one of the top estates in all of France, La Peira en Damaisela was created in 2004 by Australian composer Rob Dougan.” ~ Jeb Dunnuck
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.