Very fine nutty, biscuity nose and a beautifully integrated, complex, aged palate. Gorgeously smooth mouth feel with a fine mousse and just the right amount of crisp acidity. A classic expression of the vintage.
Piper-Heidsieck Rare Brut is only made in years when weather conditions are considered perfect for what cellarmaster Regis Camus calls ‘an extraordinary cuvée’.
The 2002 Rare is a blend of 70% Chardonnay, with 30% Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims region, from 17 crus matured for over seven years in the House’s cellars.
The first Rare vintage was made in 1976 after an incredibly intense heatwave. Since then, there have only been seven more Rare cuvées: 1979, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1998, 1999 and 2002.
Piper-Heidsieck was founded in 1785 in Reims and is one of the oldest Champagne houses. The original cellarmaster, Florens-Louis, worked with the ambition to ‘create a wine worthy of a queen’, which he accomplished with the wines being drunk in 14 royal courts.
Carrying on this luxurious legacy, Piper-Heidsieck has collaborated with great artists from across the world in jewellery, fashion and cinema, supporting major film events including the Cannes Film festival and the Oscars.
Regis Camus took over as cellarmaster from Daniel Thibault in 2002 after working at Piper-Heidsieck since 1994. He said that he wants to continue a legacy of creating elegant and daring wines. ‘For that’, Camus said, ‘I would have to be daring, establish some real standpoints and rethink every stage from vine to wine.’
This is the second international trophy for Piper-Heidsieck in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards, having won the sparkling international in 2014 for the Brut NV.