Piper-Heidsieck 2002 Rare Featured at Chardonnay Symposium
Roberta Rinaldi, The Examiner’s Beverly Hills wine correspondent, was at the recent Chardonnay Symposium in Pismo Beach, California, where she noted the new, strong presence of French wines. And among those French wines that impressed her was the 2002 Piper-Heidsieck Rare Millésime.
The 2002 Piper-Heidsieck Rare Millésime was a happy reminder to imbibe more of this exquisite Champagne. In 1785, Florins-Louis Heidsieck founded his label with a vow to “make a cuvée worthy of a queen.” Today, Heidsieck’s promise is being realized by cellarmaster, Régis Camus, whom the International Wine Challenge has named Sparkling Winemaker of the Year for the past eight years.
“Rare” is a balance of power and finesse. The grapes, a blend of 70% chardonnay and 30% pinot noir, are picked from fifteen different crus in the Montagne de Reims. It is vinified in stainless steel and put through full malolactic fermentation. Huge aromatics, starting with a hit of almond croissant, are followed by pear and ginger with earthy notes of mushroom and tea. Lively bubbles carry flavors of bright lemon, crisp apple and tropical fruits, supported by crunchy acid. Elegant, with a creamy texture and a rich, lingering finish. Available at K & L wines, $149.00.
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Rich Cook of the Seaside Courier was another wine writer who fell for the 2002 Piper-Heidsieck Rare Millésime at the symposium, selecting it among his five most highly recommended wines from the event. Click here to see his aricle.