A superb vintage bottling from Piper-Heidsieck.
A historic Champagne House, the company was founded in the Reims region of Champagne in 1785, by Florens-Louis Heidsieck. Heidsieck joined forces with Piper in 1839, creating the brand as we know it.
Since the mid-noughties, Piper-Heidsieck has been widely recognised as making some of the most consistently delicious Champagne on the market. The House’s head winemaker, Chef de Cave, Régis Camus, is nothing short of an industry legend, having picked up the International Wine Challenge’s coveted Sparkling Winemaker of the Year award no less than 8 times!
2008 is considered a historically good year for Champagne, with writer Alice Lascelles suggesting it is possibly the greatest in living memory. All in all, this bottling has a lot going for it.
The wine is produced using Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, gathered from regions including Montagne de Reims and Côte des Blancs . The bottling is a blend of 18 Premier and Grands Crus. This wine has been aged for 8 years in the cellar, developing tremendous complexity, and has a light dosage of 9.5 grams per litre.
This Champagne serves up notes of bright honeysuckle and rose, with pineapple, mango, white peach, white grapes, gooseberry, slight salinity, lemon zest, almond and lightly toasted brioche. The wine possesses a delicate bead and a lengthy finish.
A stellar offering, that pairs perfectly with delicate seafood or mild, nutty cheese.