It all began with Florens-Louis Heidsieck. Born in Westphalia in 1749, Heidsieck started out as a cloth merchant in Reims, France, where he fell in love with a girl from Champagne...and with the wine from Champagne. He was a self-educated man, overcome with the incredible ambition to "make a cuvee worthy of a queen." In 1785 he founded the Cloth and Wine Trading Company Heidsieck & Co. Right away, he made a name for himself with distinctive champagne whose reputation quickly spread beyond the local region. He became a true master of his own art when, legend has it, he received the honor of personally presenting his wine to the Queen Marie Antoinette.
When Florens-Louis died in 1828, his nephew, Christian Heidsieck, and Henri-Guillaume Piper, a talented man with tremendous business acumen, joined forces. Around the world, Piper-Heidsieck became the coveted and highly sought-after champagne for all of high society, including princes, emperors, and royal courts.
Today, Piper-Heidsieck, one of France’s oldest Champagne houses, continues this tradition of excellence under the ownership of the Descours family. With a state-of-the-art winery in France, unparalleled champagne making led by eight-time “Sparkling Winemaker of the Year” Award winner Régis Camus, and strong relationships to the world of cinema, Piper-Heidsieck truly embodies the vision of Grand & Bold.