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Piper-Heidsieck Hors Serie 1971
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Piper-Heidsieck Hors Serie 1971

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Piper-Heidsieck Hors Serie 1971 Overview

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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.

Maison Piper-Heidsieck launches its first new champagne in quite some years and this range “Hors-Série” will see the Maison launch a series of new champagnes each autumn, sometimes looking back into their library and re-releasing an old vintage to potentially something from a new vintage.

This first release takes us back fifty years, to the golden age of pop, with a 1971 vintage. There is purpose in the Maison’s story-telling, at the release tasting they provided me with a classic LP from 1971, a gesture to something old (in my case I received the album Who’s Next by The Who, released in 1971!) yet with time classic songs still have a freshness and that is the story of the Piper-Heidsieck Hors-Série 1971.

The design influence: “Obviously, each bottle over the decades has followed its own route and presents unique characteristics. This is what the house wanted to express in the choice of the box, developed by a Breton craftsman, and hollowed out of pieces of raw oak, which makes them all different, nature having drawn specific characteristics on each. The frieze that adorns the pedestal with its pretty monogram evokes the world of pop, as does the typography chosen on the label which refers to the tracks of old vinyl records. It is true that 1971 had been rich in musical releases. 1968 had unleashed the wildest hopes and artists believed in universal peace. John Lennon sang “Imagine”.

Weather: The 1971 vintage was significantly influenced by the previous year, in 1970 the yields were very large and as often happens in the following year of 1971 the yields were much smaller. The winter from 1970 to 1971 was long and cold with spring frosts during April causing some damage to the vines. The cool weather pushed back flowering til later June. July and through August the weather warmed often with very hot days causing some localised hailstorms. Sept was dry and warm and ripening happened normally with harvest beginning on 18th September. The smaller number of bunches on the vine resulted in great concentration of flavour in the grapes.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 12 crus| Chardonnay - Côte des Blancs | Pinot-Noir - Mostly Verzy in the Montagne de Reims
Grape Varieties: 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir
Lees ageing: 50 years
Disgorged: Feb 2021
Bottling: 26 through 30 July 1972
Dosage: 10 g/l
pH: 3.0
Total acidity: 9 g/l
Bars pressure: 3.5-4.0
Production: 2021 bottles

Tasting Note: Richly coloured that deep marmalade orange, a nice “hiss” on the opening and the bubbles just gently prickle on the side of the glass. The fruit has energy, there is fresh citrus, twist of ginger, white pepper, pink grapefruit and rich dried orange, the palate is all these fruits and yet more unctuous some tropical notes like pineapple, lychee, dark chocolate, bitter tangerine, roasted cashews and hints of dried lime. This is really unctuous and rich and the dosage sits seamlessly, there is plenty of acidity and a saline finish that lifts up the freshness on the end of the palate. Majestic! When you re- taste it you can see the precision, it is amazing a 50 year old champagne in bottle is so fresh and thoroughly enjoyable. As you taste the champagne it gives this wonderful sensation, its races across the palate and has staying power, incredible length. I don’t believe there is a better 50 year champagne currently on the market!

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Expert Reviews
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Nick baker
“"Richly coloured that deep marmalade orange, a nice “hiss” on the opening and the bubbles just gently prickle on the side of the glass. The fruit has energy, there is fresh citrus, twist of ginger, white pepper, pink grapefruit and rich dried orange, the palate is all these fruits and yet more unctuous some tropical notes like pineapple, lychee, dark chocolate, bitter tangerine, roasted cashews and hints of dried lime. This is really unctuous and rich and the dosage sits seamlessly, there is plenty of acidity and a saline finish that lifts up the freshness on the end of the palate. Majestic! When you re- taste it you can see the precision, it is amazing a 50 year old champagne in bottle is so fresh and thoroughly enjoyable. As you taste the champagne it gives this wonderful sensation, its races across the palate and has staying power, incredible length. I don’t believe there is a better 50 year champagne currently on the market!"”
97/100
Anne Krebiehl MW
““Deep golden and bright. The nose has white pepper and duxelles of field mushroom pervaded by lemon zest and candied lemon peel. The citrus element is taking over on the palate with candied orange and tangerine peel, the body has inherent gentleness and smoothest mousse. The lemon freshness streams from a profound core of rich, citric chalkiness with that candied peel radiating its aromatic richness that combines Demerara sugar and sea salt. That gorgeous fresh field mushroom earthiness with its peppery verve remains a firm feature and shows the racy and sleek side of this gorgeous treasure. Endless length.””
94 → 94/100
Essi Avellan MW
“First in the series of one-off cuvees, Hors-Serie 1971 is the joint accomplishment of three chefs de caves, Claude Demiere making it, Daniel Thibaut and Regis Camus deciding to keep significant amounts of it, and finally Emilien Boutillat disgorging and dosing it. A wine of this age has bottle variation, thus every one of the 2021 numbered bottles was tasted and individually approved. Still, each of them is individual. We tasted two bottles, which according to Emilien represent the two extremes of the Hors-Serie 1971 galaxy. One of them was so surprisingly youthful and fresh coming with impressive toasty, ginger and ground coffee complexity. It still had plenty of even fresh fruit to it with lemon highlighted on the zingy back palate. Really elegant and seamless, taking brilliantly time in glass. The other bottle showed much more maturity, with charred and spicy elements dominating over dried fruit, orange confit, black tea and almond notes. Winey yet briskly acidic with the wine’s no-malo character singing loud. 94 points for the first bottle, 90 for the second.”
93/100
William Kelley
“Disgorged in spring 2021 with 10 grams per litre dosage, the 1971 Brut Millésimé Hors-Série is showing well, offering up a rich bouquet of praline, mocha, buttery pastry, dried fruits and honeycomb, followed by a medium to full-bodied, fleshy palate with lively acids and a delicate pinpoint mousse. Concluding with a sapid, even savoury finish, it represents a fine effort in a good-but-not-great Champagne vintage. At this age, of course, some bottle variation is to be expected.”
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