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Piper-Heidsieck Rare 1988

Mix 12
£428.00
Mix 6
£430.00
Per Bottle
£434.00
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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 added 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.

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. The brand started as Piper-Heidsieck Rare and in 2019 this became simply Rare. These cuvées are only produced in these exceptional years: 1976, 1979, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2007 & 2008. In 2018 a new rose cuvee was released with 2007, now followed with 2008 and 2012.

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 Champagne Rare 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. ”
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