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Rare Le Secret Goldsmith Edition | All Vintage 1997
Rare Le Secret Goldsmith Edition | All Vintage 1997 Rare Le Secret Goldsmith Edition | All Vintage 1997

Rare Le Secret Goldsmith Edition | All Vintage 1997

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Rare Le Secret Goldsmith Edition | All Vintage 1997 Overview

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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 Le Secret - In 1997, Rare Champagne Cellar Master, Régis Camus, decided not to declare a vintage and instead blended a small quantity of Rare 1997 champagne in magnums only, and aged them secretly in his private cellar.

Weather: 1997 began with a harsh winter, with plenty of frost and cold snaps. The spring had average temperatures and July was really hot. August heat led to a September without a drop of rain.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | Chardonnay: Avize, Oger, Villers-Marmery | Pinot Noir: Verzy
Grape Varieties: 70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir
Lees Ageing: 19 years
Disgorgement: September 2017
Post-Disgorgement Ageing: 1 year
Dosage: 0 g/l
Drink: Now to 2045
Champagne Champagne Rare History
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Expert Reviews
93 → 93/100
Essi Avellan MW
“There was not to be a Rare 1997 but the cellar master put 1000 undeclared magnums in the experimental cellars. Some twenty years after Régis Camus finally let out the secret. And for that reason the wine does not bear a vintage on the label. Fresh nose with jasmin tea, fudge, oriental spices and peppery notes. Fresh palate with stylish minerality but its fruitiness does not reach the intensity of the best years. Peaking now showing both a fresh and a mature side. ”
News Articles
  1. Rare Champagne + Mellerio Jewellers = Le Secret

    Rare Champagne + Mellerio Jewellers = Le Secret

    November 12, 2018

    Last week, we had lunch with Régis Camus, Rare Champagne Cellar Master, and Diane-Sophie Lanselle, Communications Director at Mellerio, to discuss the now unclassified Rare Le Secret project and find out what inspired this great partnership.
  2. New Rare Champagne: Rare Le Secret

    New Rare Champagne: Rare Le Secret

    October 3, 2018

    Rare Champagne, the prestige brand of Piper-Heidsieck, have been keeping a secret for more than twenty years. They partnered with Mellerio, the oldest jewellery dynasty in the world, to produce an exceptional cuvée, Rare Le Secret, which the house finally revealed this week.
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