Piper-Heidsieck Rare 1998 Champagne

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Piper-Heidsieck Rare 1998 - Magnum - 2 bts - 1.5L Magnum - 2 bts - 1.5L   £385.00
Champagne Piper-Heidsieck Overview
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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-Heidwsieck'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.

Rare 1998 is a blend of ten different Crus including Avize, Chouilly, Oger, Trépail and Villers-Marmery for the Chardonnay and Ambonnay, Ludes and Verzy for the Pinot Noir. Extreme temperature ranges in the 1998 season resulted in storms during the early summer months with lots of sunshine and long hot days during August and September. In general, wines from this vintage experienced high levels of sugar and acidity and their ageing potential is superb. This is only the fifth vintage of Piper-Heidseick Rare ever created.

Tasting note: A golden colour with a slight hint of green. The nose has an elegant touch of sandalwood and cedar with a bouquet of gingerbread and dried apricot. On the palate, intial citrus and orange flavours give way to a complex mid-palate of mango, cocoa and plums. Overall, this is a rich and well-balanced champagne. Given age, especially in magnum, this will be very rewarding.

Technical information:
Grape Varieties: 70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir
Dosage: 9.5 g/l
Piper-Heidsieck Rare
Essi Avellan MW,
EssiAvellan.com,
Jul 2016
98/100
“I can't get enough of this Rare only produced in magnum! Charming, fine-tuned nose with sweet fruit backed up by rich toasty notes. Impressive gunflint and coffee notes. Smooth and silky on the long palate. Same aromatics continue on the intensely fruity but refreshing and focused palate. Good degree of both finesse and harmony. Lovely subtlety and class of a magnum. It outdoes even the 2002 due to its magnum format! ”
Josh Raynolds,
VinousMedia.com,
Nov 2008
93/100
“(for a magnum) Bright green-straw. Pungent, pure, mineral-driven aromas of lime, melon, white peach and honeysuckle expand with air. Fresh and sharply focused, offering lively citrus flesh and zest flavors and a suave underpinning of smoky minerals. Turns creamier on the long, gently sweet finish. An impressive showing; this is balanced to reward patience. ”
Bought directly from William Grant & Sons UK Ltd, UK Agent for Piper-Heidsieck this is currently held in bond at Vinotheque in Burton-On-Trent, where it is cellared in ideal conditions and for same day deliveries small quantities are held in our London offices in a top of the range Eurocave
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