About

A New Adventure

LUTEVA is a project from the team behind La Pèira*

 

At La Peira, all our care and attention is pinpointed on two plots: The Bois du Pauliau and Belle Foille.

For over a decade, we’ve explored the potential of a single site and its unique sense of place.

With milestone of our first decade behind, we thought to also go out and explore the wide region in a different project.

The Languedoc is a dramatic place of stark contrast. It encompassed so much: from inland villages clinging the mountain-sides to the balmy shores of the Mediterranean.

* More about La Pèira here.

 

 

 

So with LUTEVA, our sister company, we had an excuse to wander. For an Adventure.

The Adventure


 

The Adventure: to work with growers we’ve got to know over the years, and to visit and explore this dramatic and varied area.

Our beginnings have been simple, like most beginnings.

We’ve bottled a wonderful white and red. Selected and blended by the La Peira team.

The Wines

 


LUTEVA BLANC 2015

LUTEVA BLANC 2015

The Luteva blanc 2015 is a blend of the Burgundian Chardonnay grape, with two Mediterranean grape varieties of our region: Terret & Vermentino.

LUTEVA ROUGE 2013

LUTEVA ROUGE 2013

The Luteva 2013 is a blend of 40% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre, 20% Grenache Noir, 20% Carignan Havested from vines of an average age of 25 years grown on Gravel, Sandstone, Limestone.

Exploring the Languedoc

 

The Languedoc is such a place of diversity and variety.

From the Mountains…

To the Sea…

Going on…

 


We’d love to explore AOCs (appellations) for red wines such as:

PIC SAINT LOUP

The Pic Saint-Loup is a wine growing area and an appellation at the border between the Herault and the Gard, north of Montpellier, just at the foot of the Cevennes. To qualify as a Pic Saint-Loup a wine must contain 90 percent of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre.

TERRASSES DU LARZAC

To the north west of Montpellier, the Terrasses du Larzac vineyards are heavily influenced by the cool air from the high Larzac plateau, symbolized by Mount Baudile which peaks at 850m (2800ft). Geographically, it is pretty unique, with day/night temperature variations occasionally as wide as 20°C (68°F) in summer.

CABARDÈS

The AOC of Cabardes mixes the Languedoc with South West France, Syrah and Grenache with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Mediterranean warmth with an Atlantic grip.

Or white wine grape varieties such as:

Clairette blanche

Grenache blanc

Bourboulenc

Clairette Blanche is a white wine grape variety most widely grown in the wine regions of Provence, Rhône and Languedoc in France. Our sister company – La Pèira – sits in Clairette du Languedoc appellation (the oldest AOC of the region – where it is grown. Wines from single grape variety, this wine was found as far back as Gallo-Roman times (they are spoken of in Pliny’s Natural History (AD 77–79) and the Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée dates to 1948!

Grenache blanc (also known as garnatxa blanca in Catalonia) is a variety of white wine grape that is related to the red grape Grenache (of Châteauneuf-du-Pape renown). Grenache blanc responds best to low fermentation temperatures producing a fresh dill-scented wine in its youth, with aromas of green fruit and citrus notes including Asian pear, green apple, unripe mango, lime zest, and white peach.

Bourboulenc is a white wine grape variety found in the regions Southern Rhône, Provence, and Languedoc. It was it was known under the name of Asprokondoura in ancient Greece and has a unique, fresh, citrus characteristic that matches well with different types of seafood and shellfish.

The Team

The wines are selected, blended, and bottled by the La Pèira team.

Rob Dougan

Composer, having written music for films such as The Matrix and released music through Warners Bros, Universal, Sony BMG, Rob Dougan started La Pèira with Karine Ahton in 2004. A profile of Rob Dougan by Andrew Jefford for Gourmet Traveler Wine is here. A profile in The Guardian Newspaper by Will Hodgkinson is here.

Audrey Bonnet–Koenig

Audrey is from Strasbourg, Alsace. After studying science, she changed course to study as an agronomic engineer at the University of Bordeaux, then joined the research lab of Denis Dubourdieu, Professor of Oenology at the University of Bordeaux (working with Château Doisy Daëne, Clos Floridène and consultant at Château Cheval Blanc) also working at the associated oenological lab.

Karine Ahton

Born in Montpellier, and growing up in Lyon, Karine is a qualified solicitor and a legal and business affairs lawyer.

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