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Piper-Heidsieck Essentiel Cuvee Extra-Brut Reservee BV14 NV

Piper-Heidsieck Essentiel Cuvee Extra-Brut Reservee BV14 NV

Piper-Heidsieck Essentiel Cuvee Extra-Brut Reservee BV14 NV

Piper-Heidsieck Essentiel Cuvee Extra-Brut Reservee BV14 NV Overview

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Piper-Heidsieck Essentiel Cuvée Reservée NV is the newest release from the house. With extended ageing and a lower dosage than the Cuvée Brut NV this has more complexity and precision.

Piper-Heidsieck's roots trace back to Florens-Louis Heidsieck, who created the original company of Heidsieck & Co. Christian Heidsieck joined the venture alongside Guillaume Piper and once Florens-Louis died in 1828, the duo decided to continue the adventure side by side, founding Champagne Piper-Heidsieck.

In 2011 both Charles Heidsieck and Piper-Heidsieck were bought by EPI Group headed by Christopher Descours, he has pumped significant finance into the companies allowing them to grow their vineyard holdings, grape purchasing and production. The brands are now growing their sales fast after many decades of decline. Today, production occurs alongside sister company Charles Heidsieck in an ultra-modern functional wine-making facility on the southern outskirts of Reims. Their characteristics differ quite considerably, with Piper opting for a fruitier and lighter style of base wines.

Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims give the structure and the Chardonnay from la Côte des Blancs and the Montagne de Reims expresses the elegance and charm of the vintage. Cuvée Brut is a round and vibrant non-vintage Cuvée Brut recalling the rich variety of its blend of 100 crus from across Champagne.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: Grand Cru, Premier Cru | Chardonnay: Côte des Blancs, Montagne de Reims | Pinot Noir: Montagne de Reims
Grape Varieties: 50% Pinot Noir, 30% Meunier, 20% Chardonnay
Reserve Wines: 18%
Base Wine: 2014
Dosage: 6 g/l
Disgorged: Spring 2019
Time on Lees: 4 years
Alcohol: 12%
Cork: Mytik Diam Technological
Drink: Now to 2028

Tasting Note: Lots of zesty citrus, lemon and lime with notes of almond and fresh hazelnut accompanying the subtle and light pear and apple flavours. On the palate you see grapefruit and and juicy white peach and some bright citrus notes fill the mid palate with the lees texture really adding to the mouthfeel and a zip of salinity keeps it fresh on the finish.
Champagne Piper-Heidsieck History
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Expert Reviews
93/100
Tom Hewson
“Essentiel is the same wine as the Brut, but with extra ageing on lees and a lower dosage (future editions, however, will be bespoke blends). So, 50% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot Meunier and 20% Chardonnay, based on 2014 in this case. Over the Brut you notice an uplift in ground nut and praline richness, the fruit turning candied and a little spice emerging. It's still that classic sparky, zesty Piper style at heart, just with a touch of umami length and interest. Highly recommendable ”
90/100
William Kelley
“Based on the 2016 vintage and disgorged in April 2021 with six grams per liter dosage, the NV Extra-Brut Blanc de Blancs Essentiel exhibits attractive aromas of crisp orchard fruit, buttered toast, dried white flowers and fresh herbs. Medium-bodied, taut and incisive, it's still so shut down from its recent disgorgement that it's hard to get a firm sense of its ultimate quality. However, the basis for complexity, balance and interest appears to be present.”
93 → 93/100
Essi Avellan MW
“Developing colour. The come-hither nose is gorgeously complex and comes with sweet toasty and bisquity richness. An appetising mix of vanilla, spices, and ample red fruit of apple and strawberry. Rich and structured on the palate, plentiful but comes with lovely succulence. ”
92/100
Essi Avellan MW
“This wine is a broad blend, including Chardonnays from the Côte des Blancs, the Montagne de Reims and the Sézannais. Bright, lemon-green colour. Based on the 2016 vintage, with 30% of reserve wines, this comes with a finely detailed toasty-lemony nose. The nose has crunchy fruit with mineral and gunpowder undertones. Brisk acidity on the linear extra-brut palate, which comes with energetic drive and a prickly, vibrant mousse. The best of the Essentiel Blanc de Blancs editions so far. Disgorged 4/21; dosage 6g/l”
92/100
James Suckling
“This has aromas of apricots, white strawberries, peach pits, almonds and pastries. Creamy and balanced, medium-bodied, with silky bubbles and a nicely savoury and dry finish. Based on 2018 vintage. 44% pinot noir, 34% meunier and 22% chardonnay. 4g/L dosage.”
90/100
William Kelley
“Based on the 2015 vintage, the NV Extra-Brut Essentiel is a Pinot Noir-dominant blend complemented by some 20% reserve wines that was disgorged in May 2020 with five grams per liter dosage. Offering up aromas of golden orchard fruit, freshly baked bread and warm biscuits, it's medium to full-bodied, with a pillowy mousse, brisk acids and a mouthwatering finish. This will benefit from another year on cork to knit together and round out, but it's a creditable effort.”
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News Articles
  1. Rare Champagne: New House, Same Vision

    Rare Champagne: New House, Same Vision

    September 2, 2019

    Last year, Rare Champagne separated from parent brand Piper-Heidsieck, becoming the third champagne house of the burgeoning EPI group. We met veteran chef de cave Régis Camus at the vast premises in Reims earlier this summer to taste some treasures, both old and new.
  2. Piper-Heidsieck and Rare Champagne: 2018 Vins Clairs Tasting

    Piper-Heidsieck and Rare Champagne: 2018 Vins Clairs Tasting

    April 4, 2019

    Émilien Boutillat chose a good vintage to start his new role as Piper-Heidsieck cellar master. "The quality of the grapes was perfect all over the region," he told us. We tasted the base wines and shared a magnificent lunch paired with Rare Champagne.
  3. Rare Champagne Vertical Tasting

    Rare Champagne Vertical Tasting

    December 9, 2018

    Following the recent release of Rare Le Secret, the 20-year clandestine project of Rare Champagne Chef de Cave Régis Camus, we were invited to a vertical tasting of past Rare Champagne vintages - dating all the way back to 1979 - with the secretive cellar master himself.
  4. Piper-Heidsieck Appoints New Cellar Master: Émilien Boutillat

    Piper-Heidsieck Appoints New Cellar Master: Émilien Boutillat

    September 21, 2018

    Yesterday, Piper-Heidsieck announced the appointment of Émilien Boutillat as their new Cellar Master. Previous incumbent Séverine Frerson has joined Perrier-Jouët, where she will succeed current Cellar Master Hervé Deschamps in a few years.
  5. Piper-Heidsieck Rare 1998 Named 'Best Champagne of 2018'

    Piper-Heidsieck Rare 1998 Named 'Best Champagne of 2018'

    September 10, 2018

    Of nearly 200 champagnes tasted at The Drinks Business 2018 Champagne Masters competition, one stood out as the absolute best: Piper-Heidsieck Rare 1998. Available today in magnums only, this exceptional cuvée was awarded an average 98-points.
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