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The vintage Piper is a blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes which have elegantly mingled to create this deep, complex, fruit-driven champagne, abound with fresh, lively notes of citrus and a clean, zesty finish. The latest vintage offering is lush long and packed with finesse. Be sure to have a bottle or two on hand for the races.
What Piper-Heidsieck has been able to achieve in the past decade or so is nothing short of sensational. Winemaking responsibilities fall in the exceptionally competent hands of Chef de Cave, Régis Camus. Régis, considered a ‘god’ like figure in the region, was crowned Sparkling Winemaker of the year by the International Wine Challenge in 2013 for the eighth time!
Severe winter temperatures and spring frosts did great damage, leaving many in the region unhopeful of a good year. The destruction was excessive especially in the northern Montagne de Reims, in the hillside vineyards west of Reims and in the Aube. The early summer weather did not raise the hopes, but finally fine September weather came to the rescue and yields ended up being better than feared (albeit tiny, 6,827 kg/ha) when picking commenced on September 30th. Champagnes from 1985 are typically beautifully balanced and intense with great length and character that is still improving today. Dom Pérignon, Charles Heidsieck Champagne Charlie and Blanc des Millénaires, Krug Vintage and Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque excelled, to name a few.