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Piper-Heidsieck Duo: Sauvage & Hors Serie 1982
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Piper-Heidsieck Duo: Sauvage & Hors Serie 1982

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Piper-Heidsieck Duo: Sauvage & Hors Serie 1982 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.

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.

Émilien Boutillat offers a reflection on time with Brut Sauvage 1982 and Hors-Série 1982, presented in the Diptyque 1982 gift box, numbered, and released in a limited edition of 500 boxes.

The fruit of the same vintage, the same blend and dosage, Brut Sauvage 1982 and Hors-Série 1982 each boast a distinctive character, a result of their different ageing processes.

Tasting the two together offers a truly unique experience as these two cuvées showcase a new perspective on time, revealing different phenomenal sensations and precise generous aromas on the nose and the palate.

Weather in 1982: 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 Hors-Serie 1982:
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: 2,500 bottles

Technical Information Brut Sauvage 1982:
Vineyards: 12 crus | Chardonnay - Côte des Blancs | Pinot-Noir - Verzy, Verzenay, Tauxières and Ambonnay in the Montagne de Reims
Grape Varieties: 60% Pinot Noir & 40% Chardonnay
Lees ageing: 9 years
Disgorged: January 1992
Dosage: 4 g/l

Hors-Serie 1982 Tasting Note: Hors-Série 1982 being recently disgorged present quite young, luscious notes of mirabelle plums, kumquats, dried pineapple, and fresh quince, with a touch of ginger and earl grey tea. Smoky accents of coffee beans and toast balance out the wine’s minerality.

Brut Sauvage 1982 Tasting Note: Brut Sauvage 1982 presents quite differently since this is original disgorgement. There is bundles of dried & candied fruits, buttery pastry notes of brioche and frangipane accompanied by a spiced touch of vanilla and nutmeg pave the way to warm harmonies of honey, slightly pepper to finish. Amazing for a forty year champagne!

The Piper-Heidsieck Hors Serie 1982 is also available as a singular bottle here

Watch Nick's video tasting review of these champagnes here.
Champagne Piper-Heidsieck History
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Expert Reviews
97/100
Peter Moser
“Hors Serie | 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
“Hors Serie | 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.”
17.5+/20
Matthew Hayes
“Brut Sauvage | Deep gold; no bubbles again, but the same fine mousse in the mouth. Coffee, apricot and burnt honey on the nose; very torrified, but lovely depth and spice. Mushrooms and truffle, really quite spectacular for lovers of oxidative notes.”
93/100
Tom Hewson
“Brut Sauvage | 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, mainly from the Montagne de Reims but with a little Côte des Blancs Chardonnay. Disgorged in 1991 and re-released with the Hors-Série 1982 (a late disgorged version of the same wine). Versus the Hors-Série, Sauvage 1982 shows an involved, developed profile with piles of lime marmalade, mango and eucalyptus flavours, wrapped in warming malt and honey richness. Firm still, the freshness of the vintage still in evidence, this is a fine mature Champagne worth savouring.”
News Articles
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    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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