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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.
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 EYE - 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