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Rare 2006

Mix 12
£468.00
Mix 6
£470.00
Per Bottle
£474.00
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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. Rare Millesime 2006 Magnum is only the 4th Rare Champagne vintage to be released in Magnum, succeeding the radiant Rare Champagne Millesime 1998.

Weather: The 2006 vintage was a year of mixed weather. It began with a rainy spell and late spring, but with little or no frost in the vineyards. Early summer was positive, with the months of June and July creating perfect conditions for flowering. Although there were some storms in late-July, the overall health of the vines was great since the weather remained hot through to the harvest with spells of rain in August promoting even healthier grapes.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | Chardonnay: Avize, Oger, Villers-Marmery | Pinot Noir: Verzy
Grape Varieties: 70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir
Lees Ageing: 14 years
Dosage: 8 g/l
Disgorged: September 2021
Drink: Now to 2045+

Tasting Note: Youthfulness is the thing that strikes immediately on the nose, followed by a hint of grilled, salted cashew edged with citrus - with a glimpse of pineapple and melted butter. The palate, likewise, is a sprightly picture of youth and freshness, coming with echoes of grilled cashew, rye bread and dried lemon peel with a lovely, mouth-watering accent of pithiness. - Tasted by Anne Krebiehl MW
Champagne Champagne Rare Overview
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Expert Reviews
95/100
Anne Krebiehl MW
“Youthfulness is the thing that strikes immediately on the nose, followed by a hint of grilled, salted cashew edged with citrus - with a glimpse of pineapple and melted butter. The palate, likewise, is a sprightly picture of youth and freshness, coming with echoes of grilled cashew, rye bread and dried lemon peel with a lovely, mouth-watering accent of pithiness.”
Awards
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IWC Gold 2022
CSWWC 2021 Gold
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