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Rare Rose 2008

Mix 12
£764.00
Mix 6
£766.00
Per Bottle
£760.00
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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: A mild, rainy winter, followed by an unpredictable and dreary spring, with a month of June marked by an abrupt drop in temperature and continuing most of the summer until the 15 August. And then, a miracle of nature: the ominous and extremely rainy weather changed radically to become sunny and dry with warm days and cold nights, lasting throughout the harvest in mid-September.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: Chardonnay: Avize, Vertus, Villers-Marmery | Pinot Noir: Ambonnay, Aÿ
Grape Varieties: 60% Chardonnay & 40% Pinot Noir
Red wine: 13% blended from Bouzy
Lees Ageing: 9 years
Dosage: 8.5 g/l
Disgorged: June 2018
Cork: Mytik Diam Technological
Drink: Now to 2035

Tasting Note: The nose is full of fresh red and black fruits and hints of cherry, the palate has great texture, bundles of fruit like passion fruits and bold red currants and black cherry. A complex Rose with plenty of texture and power and a light and delicate end with hint of salinity. Will age for 20+ years.
Champagne Champagne Rare Overview
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Expert Reviews
18/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Lot code: L1990198098. Blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir (including the 13% still red added for colour). A blend of 13 crus (including Chardonnay from Villers-Marmery, Vertus and Montgueux and Pinot Noir from Aÿ and Verzy). Fermented in tank with full malo. Aged for nine years on the lees and a further two years after the disgorgement in July 2018 with dosage 8 g/l.
Another extraordinary bottle tasted immediately after the Belle Epoque 2012. (I wonder how long we will go on explaining how Rare was spun out of Piper Heidsieck with Régis Camus in charge?) Very bright, pale flame-orange – if that makes sense. Very exciting nose with layers of coconut (if Camus is not insulted by that), broad and rich initially but very lively, bright-fruited finish. Super-clean, refreshing but layered. Really pretty spiffy! Grown-up wine with a dry finish. Thundering, multi-layered finish. This is a wine that commands attention. Though it is a crazy price.
Drink 2019 – 2028”
97 → 98/100
Essi Avellan MW
“Elegant peachy colour. There is vanilla, light toastiness and roasted coffee complexity on the sweet berry nose of cherry, raspberry and blood orange. The pure and cool fruitiness impresses on the vibrant and structured palate. The characterful red fruitiness continues until the long mineral finish that has an attractive touch of ripe tannin to it. Still youthful but so fine and more and more expressive. ”
97/100
Peter Moser
“Medium salmon pink, fine copper reflections; delicate mousse lingers very well. Nuances of fine biscuit, hints of wild berry jam, red and also black berries, a touch of liquorice, floral scents. Juicy on the palate with notes of ripe cherries and yellow apple from the high Chardonnay proportion, firm structure, pleasantly dry finish with a lemony-salty echo. A multi-faceted food wine with further development potential.”
95+/100
William Kelley
“The 2008 Brut Rosé Cuvée Rare is the second rendition of this cuvée ever produced, and the wine is showing very well, unwinding in the glass with a youthfully shy nose featuring white cherries, blood orange, Meyer lemon, honeysuckle and dried white flowers that offers the promise of considerable complexity to come. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, racy and tight-knit, with good concentration, beautifully integrated acids and a fine mousse, concluding with a long, saline and delicately phenolic finish. This is really quite reserved after its recent disgorgement but should develop beautifully with a few years on cork.”
97/100
Peter Moser
“Medium salmon pink, fine copper reflections; delicate mousse lingers very well. Nuances of fine biscuit, hints of wild berry jam, red and also black berries, a touch of liquorice, floral scents. Juicy on the palate with notes of ripe cherries and yellow apple from the high Chardonnay proportion, firm structure, pleasantly dry finish with a lemony-salty echo. A multi-faceted food wine with further development potential.”
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Awards
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CSWWC 2021 Gold
IWC Gold 2021
IWC Trophy 2020
CSWWC 2020 Gold
CSWWC Gold 2019
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