The Friday Bubble – Review of Piper Heidsieck Essentiel Blanc de Noirs NV (base 2019) with Essi Avellan MW

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Today on The Friday Bubble with Essi Avellan MW and Nick Baker; Piper Heidsieck Essentiel Blanc de Noirs.

Piper-Heidsieck Essentiel Blanc de Noirs marks the first new cuvée conceived entirely by Émilien Boutillat since he became chef de caves of both Piper-Heidsieck and Rare.

The style of Piper-Heidsieck has always been intimately linked to Pinot Noir and to Meunier. Their two emblematic cuvees, Piper-Heidsieck Cuvée Brut and Piper-Heidsieck Essentiel, are both made with nearly 80% of black grape varieties.

For me, it was therefore obvious given the history of the house and its connection to Pinot Noir and Meunier that I found the inspiration to create Essentiel Blanc de Noirs. I also wanted to place this new cuvée in the context of the modern and vibrant style of Piper-Heidsieck. Essentiel Blanc de Noirs is a cuvée that combines the great personality of Pinot Noir and the delicacy of Meunier with the freshness and elegance of our house style.” -Émilien Boutillat

93-94/100 Essi Avellan

“Piper-Heidsieck’s first blanc de noirs comes from the excellent 2019 vintage. No reserve wines were used for this first edition. Here, according to Piper tradition, a good dose, a fifth, of Meunier complements Pinot Noir. There is a lovely sweetly fruity nose of soft depth. Burned sugar complements the ripe peach and red fruit profile. There is also a soft spicy and delicately floral tone to the aromatics. The is no heaviness on the palate, that is fleshy yet energetic and saline. Very much Piper from day one, a brilliant new addition to the range. ”