In 2013, for the fourteenth time, Maison PIPER-HEIDSIECK’s Cellar Master was crowned Sparkling Winemaker of the year by the International Wine Challenge. It is the eighth title for Régis Camus. Daniel Thibault, his predecessor, had won six awards.
Here, Camus offers insight into his passion:
Like a schoolboy, for me the year begins in September, with the harvests. We harvest and press the grapes and carefully make them into wine. From the end of October, we begin the first tastings of the clear wines. This stage allows the team of oenologists to get into the right mind-set for the year ahead. In December, the wines are allowed to rest and then from January, we begin tasting them again. If the wine is full enough, if the year is good, we can anticipate making a vintage.
The wine then has to be bottled, as well as not forgetting to build up our collection of reserve wines. These allow us to enrich our library: some of the wines in there are 30 years old, all different, all unique. I know it by heart, I dream of it at night. Champagne definitely embodies conviviality, sophistication, extravagance…
But a PIPER-HEIDSIECK champagne is also a great wine to be enjoyed in its own right. With the cuvée Brut, the Maison’s signature and a bond of trust with champagne lovers, you are certain of ready-made luxury. With other cuvées, you can taste something more precise, a more golden colour perhaps, more candied citrus notes, or more toasted hints. With PIPER-HEIDSIECK Rare, our Prestige Cuvée or certain vintages, you then move into the world of haute couture and ‘handmade’ wine.”