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‘Year’s Best Champagne,’ 94 Points from Wine & Spirits

Wine & Spirits is out with its list of the “Year’s Best Champagne,” and two wines from the PIPER-HEIDSIECK portfolio are on the list. From the December 2015 issue of the magazine.

Piper-Heidsieck Rare Brut 2002
94 points: “When we tasted this wine two years ago, I gave it a similar score (95 points), noting its seductive and complex flavors. For a 2002, the wine was already harmonious and accessible, ready to drink and structured to hold for several years. The powerful drive of the 2002 vintage seems bolder today; more about creaminess and brioche-like autolysis than fruit, it still leaves my mouth tingling with gingery freshness and brightness of acidity. If you haven’t tried Piper Rare in some time, this is worth checking out –a blend from 17 crus in the Montagne de Reims, 70 percent chardonnay, 30 percent pinot noir, built for lobster or other rich shellfish.”- Joshua Greene.

Piper-Heidsieck Rare Brut 1998
91 points: “This wine offers the riches of a mature Champagne, its texture luscious, its aromas modulating between oxidative notes of yeast aging with fresher scents of jasmine and ginger. It’s clean and compellingly drinkable, an impressive ’98 that finishes cool and complex.”- Joshua Greene.

(Nov. 19, 2015)

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