Piper-Heidsieck Rare 1998

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£399.00
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£405.00
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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 1998 vintage shows all the hallmarks of a truly outstanding year. The features of the vintage were a high natural sugar content in the grapes and an excellent level of acidity, indicating an exceptional overall balance and long ageing potential.

Wine Competition Trophies:
The Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships 2018 - World Champion Library Vintage

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: 17 years on the lees
Dosage: 9.5 g/l
Drink: Now to 2035

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.
Champagne Piper-Heidsieck Overview
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Expert Reviews
18/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Magnum. Current release. Regis Camus, Chef de Cave, adores this vintage.
Greenish pale gold. Intense and nourishing on the nose. Very pretty and zesty, complete and well balanced. Great for current drinking. Lovely!”
98/100
Essi Avellan MW
“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! ”
93/100
Josh Raynolds
“(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. ”
Awards
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CSWWC Gold 2018
CSWWC Gold 2017
IWC Gold 2015
News Articles
  1. Rare Champagne: New House, Same Vision

    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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