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Champagne Piper-Heidsieck Cuvée Rare (750ml)
Producer: Maison Piper-Heidsieck piper-heidsieck.com
Appellation: Champagne - France (AOC)
Type: sparkling white
Varietal: Pinot Noir - Chardonnay
Maturity: Drink
Rating: n/a
Est. Price: US$204.18
Related Ratings:
rated (1999 vintage, 750ml bottle) : February 10, 2009 , Wine Review Online
100 points "This deserves its triple-digit score because it is a perfect wine, in the sense that it is utterly flawless and so strong in all respects that I cannot imagine how adding anything could really make it any better. It is one of the three best Champagnes that I have ever tasted, along with Krug Clos du Mesnil 1979 and Philipponnat Clos des Goisses, and only a few red wines that I've tasted (such as 1982 Cheval Blanc) can match it for intricacy, symmetry, and sheer beauty. It is really a medium-bodied wine rather than a powerhouse, yet the aromas, flavors and finish are extremely expressive and utterly compelling despite the fact that the wine isn't built for power. At this point in its development, my bottle (and it pains me to point out that Champagnes do vary from bottle to bottle) was perfectly developed, with layers of secondary aromas but also a wonderfully fresh core of primary fruit. The acidity was abundant but very ripe and perfectly tuned to the light sweetness of the fruit, and the wine's mousse was abundant but very delicate and, in terms of texture, perfectly tuned to the wine's weight and linear drive. This is a stunning achievement."
tasted (2002 vintage, 750ml bottle) : January 7, 2013 , Sheila Buckley
4.5 stars "Awesome -- exactly how good Champagne should taste! "