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Piper-Heidsieck Rare 2002

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£224.00
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£226.00
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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 2002 vintage shaped up magnificently over the spring, with no significant frost and near-perfect flowering. Then followed a summer marked by long, sunny periods interspersed with regular cloudy and rainy spells. The vines were in good health and the dehydration of the grape berries helped them reach new heights of ripeness. Generally considered one of the best harvests in the last twenty years.

Wine Competition Trophies:
International Wine Challenge 2018 - Champion of Champions’ Trophy
International Wine Challenge 2017 - Champion of Champions’ Trophy
Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 - Best in Show
Decanter World Wine Awards 2016 - Best in Show

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | Chardonnay: Avize, Oger, Villers-Marmery | Pinot Noir: Verzy
Grape Varieties: 70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir
Lees Ageing: 15 years
Disgorged: Early 2018
Dosage: 9.5 g/l
Drink: Now to 2030

Tasting Note: A yellow gold colour with a fine bead of bubbles. Initial citrus notes give way to more exotic fruits of mango and kiwi on the nose. Great depth on the palate with honeyed notes and a creamy texture. Full-bodied and nicely balanced with lime and exotic fruit flavour throughout. A long finish of pineapple and candied ginger.
Champagne Champagne Rare Overview
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Expert Reviews
17.5/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Disgorged early 2018. Stocks are just coming to an end. According to Chef de Cave Regis Camus 2002 is a vintage with lots of richness. Rich because of 2001. ‘In 2002 there were two vintages in one which explains its richness.’
The mousse seems less fine than the old Charles Heidsiecks we have just been tasting. Straw gold. Intense and rather Dom Pérignon-like on the nose. Then on the palate it’s amazingly rich and tropical. Before slimming down into the corset of freshness. Lots of potential and tight and tense.”
97/100
Essi Avellan MW
“Super stylish, toasty nose with lovely floral and gunpowdery tones as well as tropical fruit, orange peel and candy notes. Super linear, driven, energetic palate which huge intensity and richness. Drinking perfectly today with lot’s of delicious ageing elements but very much in the fresh and vibrant side.This is a serial winner, we chose it as the Best Champagne at FINE Champagne magazine in 2011. ”
94/100
Roger Voss
“This is top Champagne from Piper-Heidsieck, offering the delicious airy quality that's the hallmark of this house, with crisp apple flavour, tangy acidity and the first signs of yeasty, toasty bottle age. Its fruit intensity has transformed into a splendid selection. It's worth aging for a few more years, though also delicious now.
92/100
Josh Reynolds
“Light yellow-gold. Pungent aromas of lemon zest, orange and pear, complicated by sexy floral and gingerbread qualities and hints of toasty lees and honey. Lively on entry, with lively citrus flavors, then deeper and smokier in the middle palate, offering juicy orchard fruit and honeyed nut flavors and good mineral snap. The finish lingers with suave floral and spice notes and excellent persistence. ”
Awards
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DWWA Plantinum Best 2018
CSWWC Gold 2018
CSWWC Gold 2017
IWC Gold 2017
DWWA Gold 2017
DWWA Plantinum 2016
CSWWC Gold 2016
IWC Gold 2016
IWC Silver 2015
CSWWC Gold 2015
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