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MEDALS & RANKINGS:
98/100 – Wine Spectator 2015
Sparkling of the Year Trophy – International Wine Challenge 2013 – “Excellent balance and length. Complex persistence.”
Vintage Champagne Trophy – International Wine Challenge 2013
Gold – International Wine Challenge 2015
Champion of Champions (Rare 1998 Magnum) – International Wine Challenge 2015
“Since 1976, the House has only released 8 vintages of Rare: 1976, 1979,1985, 1988, 1990, 1998 en Magnum, 1999, 2002 and now 2004,” says Régis Camus, chef de caves and chief winemaker at Maison Piper-Heidsieck. “Piper-Heidsieck Rare 2002 was my first Rare vintage so I am particularly honoured to hear that it has been selected as the number one champagne in the world by FINE Champagne Magazine.”
On the eye
Sparkling highlights set against a green-gold background with refined, delicate, little bubbles.
On the nose
An initial and extremely elegant touch of sandalwood and cedar gives way to a more generous and hearty bouquet of gingerbread, orange blossom and dried apricot. The lasting aromas are those of meringue, cocoa and liquorice, finishing with a more subtle and complex combination of the underwood, camphor and bergamot orange.
On the palate
The structure of this wine is delightfully gentle and varied, constantly alternating between firmness and warmth, with creamy notes and the deliciouos aromas of cocoa, greengage plums and mango. The overall impression is that of a timeless wine which marvelously expresses all its richness and complexity.