The Friday Bubble – Review of the New Release Piper-Heidsieck 2018 & Essential Magnum V13

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Today on The Friday Bubble with Nick Baker and Essi Avellan MW, we compare the new release of Piper-Heidsieck 2018 & Essential Magnum V13.

Piper-Heidsieck Vintage is not a predefined recipe, each vintage and each blend is unique. The blends are selected from upwards of 18 different Premier and Grand Crus. Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims give the structure and the Chardonnay from la Côte des Blancs and the Montagne de Reims expresses the elegance and charm of the vintage.

The 2018 vintage is an intense, luminous and expressive one albeit young. The nose delivers notes of nectarine, red fruit, mocha and fresh almond, with a hint of smoky notes. The palate unveils an explosion of fruit with raspberry, pineapple and paprika aromas. A rare anomaly for Piper as this vintage is made up from more Chardonnay than Pinot Noir. 50% Chardonnay, 47% Pinot Noir & 3% Meunier.

Following a mild and very wet winter, spring temperatures were well above seasonal norms, allowing the vines to develop. Then, the warm, dry summer allowed the grapes to ripen quickly with extraordinary quality and quantity. The 2018 harvest came early, producing wines of remarkable fruitiness and elegance.

Based on 82% from 2013 reserve wines. The 2013 winemaking year proved a welcome reconnection with the glorious past of late harvest vintages. After a cold, wet winter, spring was grey, quite cool and extremely rainy. The vines began budding about two weeks later than the average for the decade, a delay that lasted all the way until the harvest. The hot and dry summer was the sunniest on record in the Champagne region, proving particularly beneficial for the quality of the grapes. Rain in early September quickly ceded to easterly winds that kept the grapes healthy until they were picked.

A gold shimmer with notes of almond and fresh hazelnut accompanying the subtle and light pear and apple flavours. Crunchy pomelo, grapes and juicy white fruits of melon and some bright citrus notes fill the mid palate. All round great balanced acidity. 41% Pinot Noir, 39% Meunier & 20% Chardonnay