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PIPER-HEIDSIECK LAUNCHES A ROSÉ PRESTIGE CUVÉE

Piper-Heidsieck Rare Rosé 2007 was officially launched at a lavish bash in Paris in September that featured a banquet in the gardens of the Musée Albert-Khan.

Piper-Heidsieck Rare Rosé 2007

Made with 56% Chardonnay and 44% Pinot Noir and aged on its lees for eight years, the fizz boasts a fruit forward nose of strawberries, raspberries, and red currants, in addition to Oriental spices, lychee and tea aromas.

The Champagne includes “over 15%” of still red wine from Les Riceys in the Côte des Bar, which is perhaps what gives it its deep copper colour.

Speaking to the drinks business during the London launch of Rare Rosé 2007 last night, Piper-Heidsieck’s chef de cave Regis Camus said:

“I’ve been thinking about making a Rare rosé expression since 2002 but had to wait for the right vintage, which was 2007.

“Colour is very important with rosé and is hard to maintain over time – I wanted it to look like sunlight through stained glass.

“In actual fact, 2007 was a chaotic year for Champagne – not a lot of wine was made that year as the vintage was very up and down. It was audacious of me to decide to declare a vintage that year but we were very happy with what we made.”

Just 1,200 bottles of Rare Rosé 2007 have gone on sale at luxury retailers around the world. In the UK it is available at Harrods and Hedonism Wines with an rrp of £325.

Camus revealed to db that he already has more than one vintage in mind for future Rare Rosé releases and that the next standard Rare release after the current 2002 vintage would be 2006.

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The Story

2007 was an unusual year for the vineyard, with extremely early growth which then suffered a cold snap in August and required some health-monitoring; the year gave rise to very few vintage champagnes. Only the bravest were able to foresee its exceptional potential and support the vine with subtlety.

The Rare Rosé Millésime 2007 is the fruit of a marriage between 56% Chardonnay wines, mainly from the Montaigne de Reims area, selected carefully for their freshness and elegance and 44% Pinot Noir for structure. A blend of 11 crus, this exceptional wine has been left to mature on lees for no less than eight years.

TO THE EY- A golden pink colour with glints of copper.

ON THE NOSE - The nose begins with fruity notes of lychee and the fragrance of aromatic, exotic herbs. Next notes of crisp Napoleon cherry and wild strawberries emerge, then moving into a final aroma redolent of smoked tea.

ON THE PALATE - The texture is light and elegant in the mouth, like rose petals. The taste of red fruits blossoms in the mouth and merges into notes of aromatic, exotic herbs, pomegranate, vanilla, passion fruit and a dash of paprika to finish. A rich, meaty and sophisticated wine, with excellent ageing potential.

A word from the Cellar Master

“The year 2007 was perfectly atypical, producing the firstvintage Cuvée Rare Rosé. We spent several years reflecting on the selection of grape varieties that would be best suited to the Rosé version of our prestige cuvée. Rare Rosé Millésime 2007 enjoyed 8 years ageing time in the cellars.”Régis Camus

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Reims, Champagne

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Inside Information

Last year, Piper-Heidsieck unveiled their first rosé expression of the famed prestige cuvée Piper-Heidsieck Rare. Appropriately, production was small and this champagne is a consequent rarity, with just 150 bottles initially released in the UK. We met with head winemaker Régis Camus to taste the brand new champagne, Piper-Heidsieck Rare Rosé 2007, sample some older vintages of the blanc counterpart and discuss another upcoming UK launch.

Régis began with an overview of the 2007 growing season. Acknowledging that they hadn’t selected an easy year to be the first Rare Rosé vintage, he described it as an “unusual year for the vineyard, with extremely early growth which then suffered a period of cold weather.” Whilst it was an average season for Chardonnay, fortunately the strength of the Pinot Noir made a vintage possible, although the blending decision was a difficult one. “We spent several years reflecting on the selection of grape varieties that would be best suited to the rosé version of our prestige cuvée,” Régis commented.

After eight years in the cellars – the same time as the blanc equivalent – it has developed an impressive richness and luscious fruit-driven character. Intriguing flavours of exotic herbs, vanilla and a delightfully spicy finish are the mark of the champagne, an astonishing first attempt at a prestige cuvée rosé that is sure to develop layers of complexity with time. Fittingly, each bottle is presented in an individually numbered box made of lacquered black wood and rose gold metal.

The next Piper-Heidsieck champagne to hit the UK market is Piper-Heidsieck Essentiel Cuvée Réservée NV. Produced for the first time in 2008, this has previously been exclusive to the French market, but will be coming to the UK this year. Régis explained that the concept behind Essentiel Cuvée is to take the finished Brut NV blend, keep it on the lees for 12-18 months longer than the Brut NV and use a lower dosage – just 5 g/l compared to the Brut’s 9-10 g/l. The resulting extra-aged extra brut champagne is “the pure expression of Piper-Heidsieck style: a structured, crisp and ardent wine,” according to Régis. The example we tasted was served from magnum and based on the 2012 vintage. In an attempt to highlight the unique character of Essentiel, Piper-Heidsieck have displayed addition information on the back label including disgorgement and cellaring dates to communicate the extra level of winemaking detail – a move they have replicated across their range.

The Piper-Heidsieck range tasted with Regis…

We also tasted some very old vintages of Piper-Heidsieck Rare, of which there have only been seven since the first release: 1976. Alongside stunning examples from 1979 and 1988, we sampled Piper-Heidsieck Cuvée Rare NV. Misleadingly, this was technically Rare 1997 and represents Piper-Heidsieck’s foray back into producing prestige-cuvées after a ten year absence. During the period of the late 1980s and early 1990s Piper-Heidsieck was part of the Rémy-Cointreau group, alongside Krug. In an attempt to prevent competing champagnes impacting the prestige image of Krug, other champagne houses in the Rémy-Cointreau group were prohibited from making prestige-cuvée blends. When Krug was sold to LVHM, Régis asked to get Piper-Heidsieck back into the prestige cuvée market and Cuvée Rare NV (or 1997) was the first step.

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