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Piper-Heidsieck Hors Serie 1982

Mix 12
£442.00
Mix 6
£444.00
Per Bottle
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Description & Technical Information
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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.

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.

In autumn 2021, Piper-Heidsieck launched their new series of Champagne "Hors-Série" and the first release was Vintage 1971. November 2022 sees the release of the next Hors-Série, which is Vintage 1982. Hors-Série 1982 has been disgorged in the spring of 2022 after 39 years of storage on lees by current cellar master Emilien Boutillat.

Weather: The results of the 1982 harvest are considered amongst the most exceptional ever witnessed in the history of Champagne. The grapes grew under steady weather conditions. The results were irreproachable and the harvest abundant! The grapes, all varieties included, were in excellent condition and stood out for their nesse, equilibrium and grandeur, hallmarks of a great year in Champagne.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 12 crus| Chardonnay - Côte des Blancs | Pinot-Noir - Mostly Verzy in the Montagne de Reims
Grape Varieties: 60% Pinot Noir & 40% Chardonnay
Lees ageing: 39 years
Disgorged: January 2022
Bottling: 26 through 30 July 1983
Dosage: 4 g/l
Production: 2500 bottles

Tasting Note: Hors-Série 1982 unveils luscious notes of mirabelle plums, kumquats, dried pineapple, and fresh quince, highlighted by a touch of ginger and bergamot tea. Smoky accents of coffee beans and toast balance out the wine’s minerality.

The Piper-Heidsieck Duo: Sauvage & Hors Serie 1982 is also available here
Champagne Piper-Heidsieck Overview
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Expert Reviews
95/100
Tom Hewson
“60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, mainly from the Montagne de Reims but with a little Côte des Blancs Chardonnay. The second release in Piper-Heidsieck's Hors-Série programme is the remarkable 1982, disgorged at the start of 2022 (also re-released as part of a twin set is the Sauvage 1982, the original disgorgement of this wine). Hors-Série 1982 is a time capsule of nuanced, age-defying freshness that displays both a clear-eyed view of the original vintage character and all the extraordinary effects of 40 years on lees. 1982 was the biggest harvest on record in Champagne at the time, ripe by contemporary standards with potential alcohol levels of around 10.5%. The lack of malolactic fermentation has helped the sense of fidelity here, the wine feeling clear and transparent rather than browned, butterscotchy or over-developed. The Chardonnay sings with dried lime, charred grapefruit peel and piles of toasted nut and lime cordial, the Pinot structure still holding firm, juicy with stone fruit and vanilla and wrapped in subtle nuances of pine, bay and orange blossom. So detailed and rewarding, this is just a fascinating bottle.”
97/100
Peter Moser
“Strong golden yellow, silver reflections, very fine, persistent mousseux. Ripe bouquet, delicate blossom honey, ripe ringlet fruit, delicately nutty, fine minerality, ripe stone fruit, delicate nuances of oxidation that dissolve with air, nuances of brioche and almonds, candied orange zest. The bouquet opens with a little time, delicate white peaches, pineapple, orange marmalade, fine touch of nougat. Firm on the palate, white apple, very racy structure, salty, delicate Rancio nuances, tight-knit, very youthful, some almond biscuits on the finish, some Noutella, fine, good tropical fruit on the finish, hazelnut flour in the aftertaste, lingers for minutes.”
94 → 94/100
Essi Avellan MW
“For this second edition of Hors-Series special cuvées, chef de cave Emilien Boutillat went through his cellars and found us a gem to drink history by. Hors-Serie 1982 is a long lees-aged, January 2022 disgorged version of the original Piper Vintage. Thus, a blend lead by Pinot Noir from villages like Verzy, Verzenay, Tauxières and Ambonnay complemented by Côte des Blancs Chardonnay. Dosed at 4g/l with magnums of the same wine, the colour is golden but perfectly bright. Fruit shines also on the opulently toasty, deep and elegant nose. Coffee, dried apricots, yellow plums baked peach, cacao, dark spiciness, dried herbs and smoke. The age can be felt more on the palate which nevertheless comes with beautiful acid line and a sappy, juicy quality. A silky wine of mature elegance. Perfect to drink now.”
94/100
Yohan Castaing
“The second rendition of this late-disgorged cuvée has a lively first nose of candied lemon, hints of lime and smoke, alongside quince, apple and spring flowers; with aeration, notes of almonds and almond flowers come to the fore. On the palate, there is a nervy tension that energises its fine, crystalline texture. This is an upright and elegant Champagne with a mouthwatering, long and airy finish. After some time in the glass, it evolves towards notes of smoke, flint, chalk and vanilla. A sumptuous Champagne, now at its peak, but which could be kept for another five years.”
97/100
James Suckling
“This is showing aromas of ginger snaps, jasmine tea, yellow plums, chamomile and golden pears. Preserved lemons. Fantastic freshness and energy, with lemony acidity from blocked malo. Medium-bodied. So alive, with very fine, very soft bubbles. Long and spicy finish. Hors-Serie is a limited edition collection, a tribute to a former vintage extra brut Champagne (Sauvage) made in the 1980s. 60% pinot noir and 40% chardonnay. Disgorged in January 2022. 4g/L dosage, using specific 1982 liqueur. Delicious now.”
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