Piper-Heidsieck Rare 1988

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Description & Technical Information
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Piper-Heidsieck Rare is a truly unique prestige cuvée. In the summer of 1976, an unprecedented heatwave struck France, the likes of which the Champagne region had never experienced before. Piper-Heidsieck's winemaking team began to wonder: could it be possible to create a cuvée given the remarkable conditions? Taming the natural forces was no easy task and when assemblage was complete and the final blend bottled, the team were so proud of the final product, they called it Rare. A testament to exceptional vintages where nature unleashes its forces, Rare cuvées are only produced in supernatural years. Piper-Heidsieck Rare 1998 is only the fifth vintage of Piper-Heidseick Rare ever created.

Weather: The 1988 vintage was a late, rainy season with a good yield and perfect acidity. Generally considered a very good vintage, champagnes from this year are typically full-bodied and will remain in a condition of wonderful balance for a long time to come. Harvesting began relatively late: September 26th for the Pinot Noir and Meunier and September 27th for the Chardonnay. An average 9.3 alcohol level and 9.6 g/L acidity at harvest time resulted in a balance that can be characterised as taut.

A re-release in 2017 of the original 1994 disgorgement.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | Chardonnay: Avize, Chouilly, Oger, Trépail, Villers-Marmery | Pinot Noir: Ambonnay, Ludes, Verzy
Grape Varieties: 70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir
Ageing: 5 years on the lees
Disgorged: 1994
Dosage: 10 g/l
Drink: Now to 2030+

Tasting Note: A golden colour with lovely nutty aromas on the nose, the palate is bold with hints of cinnamon and brioche, a well balanced and develop champagne with plenty of fruits and energy. The finish is long with apples and honey right through to the end.
Champagne Piper-Heidsieck Overview
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Expert Reviews
18/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Disgorged 1996.
Deep, slightly orange gold. Chef de Cave Regis Camus thinks it smells of Trinity College, Dublin library, old cigar ashes, cognac dregs etc. A bit rich but not decayed and with excellent tension. Long and racy.”
96/100
Essi Avellan MW
“This was a perfect bottle tasted at the winery. This bottle dates back to the pre-Remy-Martin era when Piper was producing non-MLF wines. Very deep golden colour but despoite the evolved colour there is extraordinary freshness to the wine. Beautifully complex mocha, truffle, honey and cinnamon nose with a touch of mushroom. There is also a curious herbacious edge to it. Maturing palate with figs and cigar notes pushing through. Wide and energetic with a fine, succulent, long length. Purifies and opens in the glass over time. Fully mature but the best bottles are magnificent. ”
News Articles
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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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