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In 2013, for the fourteenth time, Maison PIPER-HEIDSIECK’s Cellar Master was crowned Sparkling Winemaker of the year by the International Wine Challenge. It is the eighth title for Régis Camus. Daniel Thibault, his predecessor, had won six awards. 

 

“Like a schoolboy, for me the year begins in September, with the harvests. We harvest and press the grapes and carefully make them into wine. From the end of October, we begin the first tastings of the clear wines.  This stage allows the team of oenologists to get into the right mind-set for the year ahead.  In December, the wines are allowed to rest and thenfrom January, we begin tasting them again. If the wine is full enough, if the year is good, we can anticipate making a vintage. The wine then has to be bottled, as well as not forgetting to build up our collection of reserve wines. These allow us to enrich our library: some of the wines in there are 30 years old, all different, all unique. I know it by heart, I dream of it at night. Champagne definitely embodies conviviality, sophistication, extravagance… But a PIPER-HEIDSIECK champagne is also a great wine to be enjoyed in its own right. With the cuvée Brut, the Maison’s signature and a bond of trust with champagne lovers, you are certain of ready-made luxury. With other cuvées, you can taste something more precise, a more golden colour perhaps, more candied citrus notes, or more toasted hints. With PIPER-HEIDSIECK Rare, our Prestige Cuvée or certain vintages, you then move into the world of haute couture and “handmade” wine.”

Régis Camus

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History

It all began with Florens-Louis Heidsieck. Born in Westphalia in 1749, this son of a Protestant minister started out as a draper in Reims where he fell in love with a girl from Champagne… and with the wine from Champagne. He was a self-educated man, overcome with the incredible ambition “to make a cuvée worthy of a queen”. In 1785 he founded the Cloth and Wine Trading Company Heidsieck & Co. He straightaway made his name with a distinctive champagne, whose reputation quickly spread beyond the local region and won favour at court.

On the death of Florens-Louis Heidsieck in 1828, Christian Heidsieck, his nephew and Henri-Guillaume Piper, a talented man with tremendous business acumen joined forces. From Hapsburg princes to Chinese emperors, 14 royal and imperial courts granted him the distinction of becoming their “authorised supplier”. High society around the world coveted “the Piper by Heidsieck”. In 1835, Christian Heidsieck suddenly died and, in 1838, his wife remarried Henri-Guillaume Piper. And thus the PIPER-HEIDSIECK brand was born.

 

Upon the death of Henri-Guillaume in 1870, Jacques-Charles Théodore Kunkelmann, a partner since 1851, took over the reins at PIPER-HEIDSIECK. In 1892, his son, Ferdinand-Théodore, succeeded him. His daughter Yolande married the Marquis Jean de Suarez d’Aulan in 1926. A pioneering aviator, this amazing man came onto the scene and promoted the Maison all around the world from behind the controls of his own aircraft. During the Second World War, this tireless and courageous man of action agreed to hide weapons, in his cellars for use by the Champagne Resistance. And the eve of his arrest by the Gestapo, he escaped to North Africa where he became a fighter pilot for the famous Lafayette Escadrille Squadron and died in combat in 1944. The PIPER-HEIDSIECK Maison was placed under sequestration by the occupying forces. After the liberation of France, the Maison would almost certainly have collapsed, if it had not been brilliantly relaunched by his wife Yolande, seconded by General d’Alès, whom she would later marry in 1945.

 

François d’Aulan the eldest son of the Marquis Jean de Suarez d’Aulan and Yolande Kunkelmann, took over the business in 1957 He presided over PIPER-HEIDSIECK Champagnes for thirty-three years. During this time he focused on the development of the company and the preservation of the family heritage. In 1988 he passed on the torch to the Hériard Dubreuil family, who consolidated the international development of the Maison. Then in 2011, the Descours family took over the reins. Christopher Descours, grandson of Jean-Louis Descours, a major figure in the National Council of French Employers, who holds the future of this great Maison in his hands. What a history!

 

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Vineyards

The beautiful region of Champagne does indeed produce the most discerning and delicate sparkling wines in the world. However, making wine here, on the northern limit for vine growing, is an extremely daring undertaking. Of course, the PIPER-HIEDSIECK Maison owns precious wine-growing land from the Montagne de Reims to the Côte des Bar. However, the majority of the hundred growths used for the blending of its signature cuvée, a full bodied wine, come from growths carefully chosen from those most representative of the diversity grown in Champagne. From amongst the region’s traditional grape varieties, a privileged place is given to Pinot Noir (55 to 60%). It gives structure to the composition. Chardonnay grapes (10 to 15%) add elegant nuances. Pinot Meunier (15 to 20%) expands the blend with its fruitiness. The precious reserve wines (10 to 15%) correct any vagaries of nature. They balance out the current harvest wines and perpetuate the signature of PIPER-HEIDSIECK’s non-vintage Brut. The result is a delight for the senses. On the eye, there is an explosion of fine bubbles and golden glints as if the wine contained all the shades of the Champagne sky. The nose reveals subtle springtime aromas of citrus, apple and pear. In the mouth, the wine is forthright, structured and fruity.

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Winemaking

The harvested growths are vinified separately with due patience and care: variety by variety, growth by growth, in order to respect the typicity of their origins. The more nature is allowed to do its work, the less need there is for the wines to be filtered, centrifuged or racked and the better they will be. PIPER-HIEDSIECK has practised this gentle, almost loving method of winemaking for more than ten years. It is its hallmark and a guarantee of unfailing excellence.  In order to preserve this quintessence, everything which touches the wine and which the wine touches is strictly controlled and monitored. Once a new piece of equipment or a new technique is proven to contribute to this quality, it is incorporated into the creation process. Dating from 1995, the magnificent winery is without doubt the best example of this. And finally, its coveted treasure, the reserve wines, is placed into secure cellars, which are kept at a strictly controlled temperature.

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Inside information

As a pioneer of dialogue with the art world, the PIPER-HEIDSIECK Maison has contributed greatly to enriching the world of champagne. With the aim of expressing the precious character of its wines, it seeks to adorn its bottles with sumptuous finery. What could be better than jewellery to express the raw gold inside? In 1885, to celebrate one century of its existence, Jacques-Charles Kunkelmann commissioned Pierre-Karl Fabergé, jeweler to Alexander III, Tsar of Russia, to design a bottle in diamonds, gold and lapis-lazuli. One hundred years later, the PIPER-HEIDSIECK Maison celebrated its bicentenary with a new creation: a bottle set with diamonds and gold by Van Cleef & Arpels, inspired by the original Fabergé design. It was valued at over one million francs at the time and travelled all over the world handcuffed to armed officers! The encounter with creativity continues via fruitful collaborations. The most daring creators are invited to shake up the established order, with always the same demand for prestige.  

In 2012, in tribute to its exceptional history, Rare was wrapped in a 64g 18-carat gold tiara created by Arthus-Bertrand. The bottle set with its tiara was sublimated in a glass display thus revealing an exceptional giftbox. Only 10 such pieces were produced for the world. This jewellery masterpiece elegantly draped a magnum of the Rare Vintage 1998 and was showcased for the 160th anniversary of the first department store in the world – Le Bon Marché, in Paris. 

 

PIPER-HEIDSIECK celebrates its bicentennial with a bottle set with diamonds and gold, created by Van Cleef & Arpels.

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  2 wines  from  Piper-Heidsieck . In a tasting of  37 wines 

Champagne Magazines annual the Best 100 Champagnes 2017 tasting - Day 4 with new vintages from Dom Pérignon, Cuvée Winston Churchill, Armand de Brignac, Charles Heidsieck etc.

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 Tuula Hällström, Wine Collector (Finland)  tasted  2 wines  from  Piper-Heidsieck . In a tasting of  14 wines 

Some higlights from yesterdays Champagne tasting: Dom Perignon 2009, Palmer 2009, Winston Churchill 2006 etc.

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 Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Piper-Heidsieck . In a tasting of  37 wines 

Champagne Magazine's The 100 Best Champagnes 2017 - tasting started with Rosé Champages.

25d 13h ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Piper-Heidsieck . In a tasting of  40 wines 

The 100 Best Champagnes 2017 -tasting, Day I - Rosé Champagnes. This was a beautifull start - and amazingly not a single one corked wine, only very drinkable Rosés.


No more than 600 Champagnes more to taste until we will have the complete 2017 100-list.

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 Rajiv Kehr, Pro (India)  tasted  1 wines  from  Piper-Heidsieck . In a tasting of  16 wines 

Some great Champagnes from 1990's decade

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 Richard Juhlin / The number One champagne expert in the world, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  1 wines  from  Piper-Heidsieck . In a tasting of  29 wines 

Many prestige champagnes debuted in 1959 vintage, for example, Dom Ruinart and Pol Roger Blanc de Chardonnay. A large harvest of champagnes, that often ended up above 13 percent alcohol because of the extremely hot summer. The wines have proven to be very sustainable, despite the low acid. Power and concentration are great regardless if the wines are dominated by Chardonnay or pinot noir. A wonderful champagne year in its style!

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 Robert Langer, Wine Collector (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Piper-Heidsieck . In a tasting of  24 wines 

Some great bottles of champagnes with old red rarities.

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 James Aylward, Wine Collector (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Piper-Heidsieck . In a tasting of  22 wines 

Dom Perignon 1990, 1995, 1996 and 1998 + Krug 1996, 1998 and Clo du Mesnil 1996.

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 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Piper-Heidsieck . In a tasting of  33 wines 

Bodegas Vega Sicilia belongs to the mythical wineries of the world. Located in the Ribera del Duero Denominacion de Origen in Valladolid, the winery was founded in 1864 by Don Eloy Lecanda y Chaves. Since 1982, the same year that the Ribera del Duero was granted Denominación de Origen status, the winery has been owned by the Álvarez family. When Don Eloy Lecanda y Chaves first planted the vineyards of Vega Sicilia he included Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tempranillo and Malbec in his plantings. Still today close to 40% of the vineyards are planted with traditional Bordeaux varieties, 25% with Cabernet Sauvignon alone. Many of Vega Sicilia's vineyards are planted with old vines, which are partially more than 100 years old. Unico are called the Gran Reserva wines, belonging to the most mythical wines in the world and made of approximately 80% Tempranillo and approximately 20% Cabernet-Sauvignon. The tasting at Helsinki on November 18, 2016, showed an eclectic choice of some of the finest vintages from 1921 till 2008.

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Piper-Heidsieck . In a tasting of  36 wines 

A superb Friday evening with several wine friends and over 30 vintages of Vega Sicilia Unico, starting from 1921 and ended with yet unreleased vintage 2008. 

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 Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Piper-Heidsieck . In a tasting of  19 wines 

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 1999 / Medium-deep lemon yellow colour. Complex and smooth nose of tropical fruits, cosmetics, pastry and floral notes. Intense and firm palate. Still slightly closed requiring time. Long and structured.

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