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Champagne Piper-Heidsieck

18/12/2018

Stemming from an encounter, it is a story of eternal love that began at the end of the 19th century. The one that will bring together for ever a lady native from Champagne, Agathe Pertois whose portrait looks like that of Mona Lisa, and Florens-Louis Heidsieck. The fiery and ambitious young German wants to create a vintage worthy of a queen. This is also what he realized concretely in 1785 by depositing his champagne at the feet of Marie-Antoinette, found arts and beautiful things.

Later Christian Heidsieck, nephew of Florens-Louis, took over the reins and joined a certain Henri-Guillaume Piper. Thus the legend of the centuries was perpetuated, with two know-hows. Henri-Guillaume Piper married his partner's widow and this is how the legendary brand was born.


Émilien Boutillat et Raimonds Tomsons

Two centuries later, History continues and one of the most prestigious champagne brands continues to reinforce its legend. Unforgettable Marilyn Monroe had this sentence that describes all that is expected of a beverage like Champagne between luxury and pleasure: “I go to bed with aa few drops of Chanel and I wake up with a cup of Piper-Heidsieck”.

Today the Piper-Heidsieck champagnes have seduced a family, fond of the made-to-measure, chic and glamorous universe, the Descours family (Bonpoint, JM Weston, Charles Heidsieck, Champagne Rare, Biondi Santi, Tardieu-Laurent).

The values of the house associated it forever to the world of cinema. The champagne flows abundantly, conquering the planet, 85% of the cuvées are currently exported and in particular in Australia, representing the number one market ahead of ... France.

Benoît Collard, a young man in his forties, perfectly embodies these “upper millenials”, the brand's core target. The executive director of the house is working to develop this image of seduction through Champagnes celebrating the seventh art. Piper-Heidsieck wines have become the very symbol of glamor and dreams by becoming an official supplier of the Cannes Film Festival.

In November, the buildings coated with a golden fishnet, architectural wonder that we owe to architect Jacques Ferrier, charismatic Raimonds Tomsons, Best Sommelier of Europe, stands under the golden halos symbolizing the bubbles and is about to taste the mythical cuvées of the house.

The sommelier, fond of History and Champagnes, met the very young Chef de Caves Émilien Boutillat, agronomist engineer who worked in Margaux, California, Chile, South Africa before returning to the vineyard where he was born. In the tasting room at the immaculate table, four cuvves await the Latvian sommelier. “Essential” and “Essentiel Blanc de Blancs”, vinified only in stainless steel vats, have a true philosophy with a “very low dosage”. Defined as the “quintessence of the House”, the wine has matured for 4 years in the cellars.

The non-vintage "Rosé Sauvage" with its coppery robe due to a high proportion red wines is a beautiful vivid delicacy. Its high proportion of Pinot Noir and a dosage of 10 g / l make it a remarkable Champagne.

The Brut, a real signature, is a blend of 100 wines. Its insolent lightness and notes of white grapes and white berries make it a delightfully surprising champagne.

Raimonds Tomsons will not fail to detect all the freshness of the fruit and acidity, mixed with the sweetness of the pastry and buttery notes of these seductive wines. The key thread is found, powerful symbol of Piper-Heidsieck. The dynasty is perpetuated.

Marilyn Johnson

 

Raimonds Tomsons’s reviews

Essentiel Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut

Appearance: clear and bright with a pale lemon green colour, green reflections, a youthful appearance with energetic bubbles. Nose: fresh and open nose with bright citrus and green apple notes supported by chalky mineral hints, fresh cut herbs and mild scents of butter. Palate: bone dry with lots of freshness and a bright acidity complemented by a fine mousse, fresh green apple and pear, hints of lime zest and a creamy texture with notes of pastry, lingering with fresh fruit persistence.

 

Rosé Sauvage Brut

Appearance: bright and intense rose colour, coppery reflections and fine bubbles. Nose: bright and scented with fresh cherry blossom and violets combined with a blend of fresh wild strawberries and red nectarines, mild hints of brioche and fine spiciness. Palate: fresh and dry showing good structure, soft mousse and refreshing acidity, great concentration of fresh strawberries, raspberries and cherries, hints of sweet spice and biscuit, scents of marzipan in the finish.

 

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