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90+ Points for Piper-Heidsieck’s Vintage Champagnes from Wine Advocate

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Piper-Heidsieck receives a pair of great reviews from Stephan Reinhardt in Issue #255 of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate:

2002 Piper-Heidsieck Rare Millesime
95 points
The pale gold, greenish shimmering 2002 Rare Millesime – 30% Pinot Noir and 70% Chardonnay – offers a very intense and rich, yet fresh nose of exotic fruit aromas of pineapples, mango, kiwi and passion fruit. On the palate, this is a mouthful of luscious Champagne: powerful and intense, but pure and with the complexity of matured wines. The finish is very exotic in its fruit aromas, but also persistently mineral.

2006 Piper-Heidsieck Vintage Brut
92 points
Piper’s 2006 Vintage Brut – 51% Chardonnay and 49% Pinot Noir from 17 Premier and Grand Cru villages – opens with a very clear, intense and elegant nose of white fruit aromas. There are also aromas of brittle and chalk, indicating remarkable finesse and freshness. Full-flavored, silky textured and very elegant, this is a finesse-full and perfectly balanced cuvée, with nougat flavors and an intense, concentrated finish that reveals a stunning mineral backbone. Still pretty young, but of great elegance and finesse.

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