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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.  

Fact Sheet

Brand: Piper-Heidsieck
Founded:
1785
Terlato Representation:
2015
Location:
Brand Capsule:
A Dash of Seduction
Flagship Product:
Brut NV
Price Point:
$45-$180

Wines:

  • Brut
  • Rare Millesime
  • Rosé Sauvage
  • Cuvée Sublime
  • Brut Vintage
  • Rare Rosé
  • Cuvee 1785
Winemaker: Régis Camus, Chef de Cave and Winemaker
Vineyard:

The Piper-Heidsieck winery is located in the heart of Champagne, in Reims, France. The region of Champagne produces the most discerning and delicate sparkling wines in the world. However, making wine here, at the northern limits of vine growing, is an extremely daring undertaking. For the Maison's signature Brut NV, a full wine, Piper-Heidsieck gathers up to 100 crus carefully chosen from amongst the best of Champagne's wide range of grape varieties. 

Ownership:

The Piper-Heidsieck Champagne House has been family owned since its founding in 1785.

Piper-Heidsieck was acquired in 2011 by entrepreneur Christopher Descours, owner and President of EPI, renowned for its portfolio of French luxury brands (J.M. Weston, Bonpoint, Figaret). 

Rare Millesime

Rare Millesime

Piper-Heidsieck’s Rare is a champagne that lives up to its name. This Cuvée de Prestige is produced in very limited quantities and in very select vintages. Rare Millesime 2006 is a luxurious, classical Cuvée – structured, full-bodied and bursting with fruit. This wine is a blend of 17 crus which matured for at least seven years in the House’s cellars. The 2006 vintage described in one word: sunny. Following a cold winter with abundant snowfall succeeded by spring thunderstorms, the summer brought suffocating heat. In August, the temperatures cooled and heavy rains threatened the grapes’ maturity. In September, the heat thankfully came back to encourage the harvest.

Wine Notes
Glows with an iridescent yellow-green gold. Delicate, dynamic bubbles glisten in this flaxen brilliance.
Offers a generous honeyed and oriental nose. The fragrances of crisp mango, cocoa, coffee, tropical fruits, lend the vintage a sophisticated vitality.
In the exceptionally long finish hints of mocha and cocoa confirm the fine Rare Millesime 2006’s minerality. Dried apricots, sweet spices, citron lime, accents of crisp honeyed pastries and Espelette pepper envelop the palate.
Fact Sheet
  • 70% 
    Chardonnay
  • 30% 
    Pinot Noir
7 years
Rare Millesime

Piper-Heidsieck’s Rare is a champagne that lives up to its name.  This Cuvée de Prestige is produced in very limited quantities and in very select vintages.  Rare Millesime 2002 is a luxurious , classical Cuvéestructured, full-bodied and bursting with fruit. Created with a majority of Chardonnay grapes from the Montagne de Reims region and complemented with Pinot Noir grapes from the same region, this wine is a blend of 17 crus which matured for at least seven years in the House’s cellars.  The 2002 vintage is synonymous with richness and generosity.

Wine Notes
Sparkling crystal-clear yellow gold enlivened by a delicate, shimmering effervescence.
Delicate notes of exotic fruit, including mango and kiwi, along with dried fig and almond. A touch of minerals and ground spices.
A wine with depth, but also honed with precise harmony. Voluptuously ample with subtle nuances of exotic mint tea, lime, kumquat, and candied ginger. A long, echoing finish. Can be held until 2035!
Fact Sheet
  • 70% 
    Chardonnay
  • 30% 
    Pinot Noir
The wine goes through alcoholic fermentation in September and October, followed by malolactic fermentation from October to December. Blending takes place from February to April, followed by racking in January.
Aged for a minimum of 7 years.
525
Rare Millesime

Only made in select years, the Rare Millesime 2002 is made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes from one of Champagne’s best vintages in recent years. It is bold and powerful, yet delicate at the same time, with aromas of exotic fruit, dried fig and almond. Aged for a minimum of eight years, it has a depth of flavor that includes notes of mint tea, lime, kumquat and candied ginger with a lasting finish.

Wine Notes
Powerful, Delicate, Spicy
Lime, Kumquat, Candied Ginger, Pineapple
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Rosé Sauvage

Rosé Sauvage

Rosé Sauvage, meaning Wild Rosé in French, is not your typical Champagne Rosé.  A high-proportion of Pinot Noir results in a BOLD,deep-hued rosé and a palate that is structured, full-bodied, and yet distinctly elegant.  This unique, fruity Champagne, carefully crafted from over 100 crus, is guaranteed to delight all the senses.  

Wine Notes
Scarlet red tint
Expressive aromas of blackcurrant, black cherry, and strawberry with the freshness of mandarins.
A juicy wine offering blackberry, pink grapefruit, and blood orange flavors. Warm and spicy notes of chili pepper, tea, and liquorice.
Fact Sheet
  • 60% 
    Pinot Noir
  • 25% 
    Pinot Meunier
  • 15% 
    Chardonnay
The wine goes through alcoholic fermentation in September and October, followed by malolactic fermentation from October to December. Blending takes place from February to April, followed by racking in January.
24 months (vs. the 15 months minimum required for a non-vintage Champagne)
2,650
Rosé Sauvage

Meaning “wild rose” in French, the Rosé Sauvage is a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay with a bright, scarlet tint. Dynamic aromas and flavors of black fruits, strawberry, mandarin and blood orange come together for a spicy, lasting finish on the palate. Pair this unique pink sparkler with Mexican food, BBQ or grilled meats.

Wine Notes
Bold, Spicy, Fruity
Black Fruits, Pink Grapefruit, Blood Orange, Spices
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Cuvée Sublime

Cuvée Sublime

This sparkler is a classic demi-sec (sweeter) style of Champagne with expressive notes of roasted pineapple, cinnamon and vanilla-roasted pears. Aged for a minimum of 36 months, it’s ripe and juicy with delicate bubbles and a smooth texture on the palate.

Wine Notes
Sweet, Juicy
Roasted Pineapple, Flambéed Bananas, Vanilla-Roasted Pear, Spice
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Brut Vintage

Brut Vintage

The Brut Vintage 2006 is an elegantly charming champagne, precisely selected from 16 Grand and Premier Crus, from a challenging yet rewarding year.  The year was marked by highly contrasted weather:  a heat wave followed by thunderstorms and hail.  The Pinot Noirs were exceptionally intense while the Chardonnay was ready for a long maturation.  As such, the proportion of Pinot Noir was reduced compared to past years.  The wine patiently aged six years in the House’s cellars to reach the perfect balance and express this vintage’s elegance and charm.

Wine Notes
Crystal-clear pale lemon color
Intense and enticing aromas of dried apricots with notes of red and black berries and a hint of spices.
Generous structure of candied orange peel enhanced with smoked tea and toasted almonds. An incredibly long finish.
Fact Sheet
  • 49% 
    Pinot Noir
  • 51% 
    Chardonnay
The wine goes through alcoholic fermentation in September and October, followed by malolactic fermentation from October to December. Blending takes place from February to April, followed by racking in January.
Aged for a minimum of 6 years.
125
Brut Vintage

The 2006 growing season in Champagne was difficult, with a very hot summer followed by violent hailstorms just before harvest. Despite the less than ideal conditions, Piper-Heidsieck created this elegant and charming blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with fruit harvested from 17 grand and premier crus. A crystal-clear pale yellow with aromas of dried apricots, berries and spice, the Brut Vintage 2006 is bold and intense with a long, harmonious finish.

Wine Notes
Intense, Elegant, Long Finish
Candied Orange Peel, Toasted Almonds, Spice
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Rare Rosé

Rare Rosé

The 2007 Rare Rosé is the Piper-Heidsieck’s first ever prestige cuvée rosé. This extremely premium and rare offering has been 9 years in the making. The legendary eye of Régis Camus saw a rare opportunity in the 2007 champagne vintage. Régis Camus chose this beautifully complex and eccentric vintage to introduce the very first Rare Rosé within the House of Piper-Heidsieck. It is an audacious wine, born of intuition, vision and aspiration – the very definition of Rosé.

Wine Notes
A golden pink with glints of copper
The nose begins with notes of lychee and the fragrance of exotic herbs. Aromas of cherry and wild strawberries emerge and a final aroma of smoked tea.
The taste of red fruit blossoms and merges into notes of aromatic, exotic herbs, pomegranate, vanilla, passion fruit and a dash of paprika to finish. A rich, full-bodied and sophisticated wine, with excellent aging potential.
Fact Sheet
  • 56% 
    Chardonnay
  • 44% 
    Pinot Noir
A long maturation on lees for at least 8 years.
Rare Rosé

The 2008 Rare Rosé is Piper-Heidsieck’s second ever prestige cuvée rosé. This extremely premium and rare offering has been 11 years in the making. The legendary eye of Régis Camus saw a rare opportunity in the 2008 champagne vintage, a beautifully complex and eccentric vintage. It is an audacious wine, born of intuition, vision and aspiration – the very definition of Rosé. The unpredictable growing season began with a mild, rainy winter, followed by a dreary spring, with the month of June marked by an abrupt temperature drop, marking an overall cool summer. During August a distinct change in weather gave way to a sunny, dry end of season with harvest taking place in mid-September.

Wine Notes
Coppery, almost blue glints merge to give a soft hue of pink quartz. As exquisite as the petals of old roses, elegant bubbles dance in the glass.
Offers a bouquet of spring flowers. This fragrant elegance quickly increases in complexity and texture. Notes of tangerine, lychee and verbena alternate with hints of syrupy elderberry and sweet almonds.
Following an attack that is both elegant and generous the velvety texture unfurls to offer minerality and subtlety. Initially, the exuberant vitality of dark fruits and citrus is followed by vibrancy, smoky notes of star anise and violets.
Fact Sheet
  • 70% 
    Chardonnay
  • 30% 
    Pinot Noir
A long maturation on lees for at least 8 years.

Cuvee 1785

Cuvee 1785

Piper-Heidsieck carefully selects fruit from more than 100 of Champagne's crus to blend the Cuvee 1785. This adds great complexity and dimension to the wine and allowed the bold Piper-Heidsieck style to shine through.  A majority blend of Pinot Noir provides structure to the composition while Pinot Meunier expands the wine with its brilliant fruit expression and fleshiness and Chardonnay bring elegant tones and acidity. The precious reserve wines create a consistent flavor profile year after year.

Wine Notes
Sparkling light gold with fine bubbles.
Structured and full-bodied.
A juicy, fleshy pear and golden grape texture. The finish narrows to citrus and grapefruit flavors.
Fact Sheet
  • 55% 
    Pinot Noir
  • 25% 
    Pinot Meunier
  • 20% 
    Chardonnay

Brut

Brut

The Brut NV represents the epitome of the Piper-Heidsieck style:  a classic, well-structured, and fruit forward champagne.  Piper-Heidsieck carefully selects fruit from more than 100 of Champagne’s crus to blend the Brut NV.  This adds great complexity and dimension to the wine and allows the BOLD Piper- Heidsieck style to shine through.  A majority blend of Pinot Noir provides structure to the composition while Pinot Meunier expands the wine with its brilliant fruit expression and fleshiness and Chardonnay bring elegant tones and acidity. The precious reserve wines create a consistent flavor profile year and year. 

Wine Notes
Sparkling light gold with fine bubbles
Pear, golden grape
Structured and full-bodied. A juicy, fleshy pear and golden grape texture. The finish narrows to citrus and grapefruit flavors.
Fact Sheet
  • 60% 
    Pinot Noir
  • 25% 
    Pinot Meunier
  • 15% 
    Chardonnay
The wine goes through alcoholic fermentation in September and October, followed by malolactic fermentation from October to December. Blending takes place from February to April, followed by racking in January.
24 months (vs. the 15 months minimum required for a non-vintage Champagne)
36,500
Brut

Classic, well-structured and fruit-forward, the Cuvée Brut is a blend of all three main grapes in the Champagne region: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. It is golden in color with delicate bubbles and flavors of pear, citrus and grapefruit – a wonderful introduction to Piper-Heidsieck Champagnes.

Wine Notes
Classic, Fruity, Delicate
Pear, Citrus, Grapefruit
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