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First taste: Piper Heidsieck, Hors-Série 1971

Yohan Castaing tastes the first release of Piper Heidsieck's new limited-edition prestige cuvée highlighting the Champagne house's history and heritage.

The young, 36-year-old Emilien Boutillat, former cellarmaster at Maison Cattier in charge of making the Champagne bearing the famous Armand de Brignac brand name, made the ambitious move to join Piper Heidsieck in 2018 just in time for the harvest.

Scroll down to see the tasting note and score for the Piper Heidsieck Hors-Série 1971

This celebrated house, owned by the French group EPI – which also owns Charles Heidsieck, Rare Champagne, Biondi Santi in Tuscany as well as luxury fashion brands such as JM Weston – is now fully independent and wants to enjoy its own limelight.

‘After Rare Champagne became an independent brand, we no longer had a prestige cuvée. Hence the idea of this limited edition, which is really something different from what is ordinarily done in Champagne – or elsewhere, for that matter,’ says Boutillat.

Creating a prestige cuvée

See the tasting note and score for the Piper Heidsieck Hors-Série 1971

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