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Piper-Heidsieck Rare 1998 Champagne 1.5L

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Piper-Heidsieck Rare
Description & Technical Information
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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. A testament to exceptional vintages where nature unleashes its forces, Rare cuvées are only produced in supernatural years. Piper-Heidsieck Rare 1998 is only the fifth vintage of Piper-Heidseick Rare ever created.

Weather: The 1998 vintage shows all the hallmarks of a truly outstanding year. The features of the vintage were a high natural sugar content in the grapes and an excellent level of acidity, indicating an exceptional overall balance and long ageing potential.

Wine Competition Trophies:
The Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships 2018 - World Champion Library Vintage

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: 17 years on the lees
Dosage: 9.5 g/l
Drink: Now to 2035

Tasting Note: A golden colour with a slight hint of green. The nose has an elegant touch of sandalwood and cedar with a bouquet of gingerbread and dried apricot. On the palate, intial citrus and orange flavours give way to a complex mid-palate of mango, cocoa and plums. Overall, this is a rich and well-balanced champagne. Given age, especially in magnum, this will be very rewarding.
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