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Rare 1999

Mix 12
£438.00
Mix 6
£440.00
Per Bottle
£448.00
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Description & Technical Information
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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. Rare 1999 magnum is only the sixth vintage of Rare ever created.

Weather: The 1999 season began with hailstorms in May which destroyed many vines, though as the year went on warmer weather prevailed throughout July and August. The year developed promisingly with high expectations, until heavy rainfall in the second week of September contributed to the loss of many crops. Despite the rain the grapes had maturated well in the long summer and early concerns over dilution of flavour never became an issue.

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: 16 years on the lees
Dosage: 9.5 g/l
Drink: Now to 2030

Tasting Note: A bright yellow colour, aromas of subtle floral notes of iris. Vanilla and scents of black truffle. The palate is expressive, with herbal tea, plum, cinnamon and clove. A fresh roundness with nice minerality throughout.
Champagne Rare Overview
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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.
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