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    Salmon with a mild butter sauce

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Piper-Heidsieck launched its new cuvée Essentiel in the UK in September 2017. 

Essential uses the same base wines as the Non-Vintage brut, with the intention of reinforcing the characteristics of the house style. The wine will be aged an extra 12–18 months and has a lower dosage of 5g/l, compared to 9–10g/l for the NV Brut.

This lower dosage makes for a more food-friendly cuvée that maintains the principles of the Champagne house in a more elegant and refined way. The house describes the wine as, “bright, crisp and firm, playing host to well­defined white fruit flavours and an aromatic purity showing notes of citrus, grapes, crisp apple, almond, and salinity.”

Piper-Heidsieck has chosen to include a more detailed label designed to enhance the individuality of the wine, specifying disgorgement and cellaring dates, base vintage, and the proportion of reserve wine.

Camus commented on the new release: “I am proud of this Extra-Brut cuvée which symbolises the essence of our Champagnes. This extra­aged and lower dosage wine is the pure expression of Piper-Heidsieck style: a structured, crisp and ardent wine.”

Alongside the new cuvée Piper-Heidsieck has launched a fresh look, with new packaging and trademark red label and collar, designed to embody a contemporary aesthetic.

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The base for this 'extra brut' blend is 2012 vintage with 18% reserve wines from 3-5 years. Disgorged in July 2018 with dosage of 6 g/L.

Light, straw yellow colour. Fresh fruity nose with ripe stonefruits and perfumey floral tones. Gently tosty tones with touch of butterscotch and hazelnuts. Dry and crisp palate sith vivid and fruity mid-palate. Some bitter tones in the end with mineral crayfish shelf flavours. Drink now and serve at 6-7C as an aperitif and fresh seafood and cold smoked fish. JL 89p (10/2019)

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Origin

Reims, Champagne

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Inside Information

Piper-Heidsieck Essentiel Cuvée Réservée Extra Brut: an A-lister champagne at an affordable price, a subtle blend of slowly matured and young wines, aged in the Piper-Heidsieck cellars for four years, proudly displaying its provanance and spirit of craftmanship on the bottle for those who like to be in the know and in the Now. 


Recently awarded a Platinum Medal and Best Non-Vintage Champagne at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2017.

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