Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Cuvee 'Rare' Brut Millesime 2002
By Wine Spectator
PIPER-HEIDSIECK Brut Champagne Rare 2002
Release Price: $175
Issue: Nov 15, 2013
A powerhouse, with verve to the finely cut, racy acidity, showing a sense of finesse and seamless integration of the firm frame. The silky texture carries layer upon layer of toasted brioche, currant and pear pâte de fruit flavors, with notes of grated ginger and coconut, cappuccino foam and spun honey. Mineral accents of smoke, ground spice and fleur de sel build on the long, echoing finish. Drink now through 2032. 1,000 cases imported. -AN
By Wine & Spirits
95 Piper-Heidsieck $175
This is a blend from 17 crus in the Montagne de Reims, 70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir. It is, by far, the best Piper Rare we’ve tasted in recent memory. Dressed as the bottle is in filigreed gold that might serve as the tiara for a princess, the wine is more animal, taking chardonnay into a fine mist, like the scent of sweat off that princess. Yes, I was completely seduced by this 2002, by its complex scent of plum and ginger, mushroom and root; by the silken elegance of its bubbles; by the way it shimmers into the distance as its flavors slowly recede. Harmonious and accessible, in fact, delicious to drink now, this has the structure to hold tight for several years in the cellar. Remy Cointreau USA, NY (12/13)
By Wine Enthusiast
Piper-Heidsieck 2002 Brut Cuvée Rare Millesimé Sparkling
Special Designation: Cellar Selection
Special Designation: #92 Top 100
Designation: Brut Cuvée Rare Millesimé
Varietal: Champagne Blend, Sparkling
Appellation: Champagne, France
Bottle Size: 750.00 ml
Importer: Remy Cointreau USA
In Magazine: 12/1/2012
By Roger Voss
This is top Champagne from Piper-Heidsieck, offering the delicious airy quality that’s the hallmark of this house, with crisp apple flavor, tangy acidity and the first signs of yeasty, toasty bottle age. Its fruit intensity has transformed into a splendid selection. It’s worth aging for a few more years, though also delicious now. (12/1/2012) -94
By Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2002 Piper-Heidsieck Cuvee Rare Brut
By Josh Raynolds
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov/Oct 11
(Mostly Chardonnay, with some Pinot Noir; L136050): Juicy and precise on the palate, offering an array of citrus and floral flavors that become richer with air. A hint of nuttiness arrives on the finish, which is spicy, focused and very long. This Champagne seems set for a long life. 93 Points
By International Wine Review
Piper Heidsieck 2002 Cuvée Rare Brut
Producer: Piper Heidsieck
Report: Report 34: Champagne Revisited
One of Champagne’s older wine houses, Piper Heidsieck has in recent years been bought by Rémy Cointreau and then sold again to a private holding company of luxury brands. It owns no vineyards of its own and instead sources grapes from 60 different vineyards for its annual production of 5 million bottles. Its Cuvée Rare is an iconic Champagne showing ripe citrus, berries and biscuits on the nose and a creamy-textured palate that reflects the aromas, finishing dry and, for the bottle we tasted, a little tired. It’s a blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir. Importer: Remy Cointreau, New York, NY
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The Wine Collection - Rare
As the epitome of nature at its most temperamental, Rare is a dazzling and impressive wine. The fruit of a terroir exposed to the element, Rare contains a complex mineral composition that is extremely pure.
Rare Millesime 2002
Elaboration: This is an exceptional, precious Champagne, as it is so rare. The 2002 year is the most recent in a trilogy (1988-1998-2002). Born out of oenologist's inspiration, who bets on the special character of a year tormented by Nature. A blend of Chardonnay - mostly - and Pinot Noir, which matured for at least seven years in cellars, this Champagne makes use of mineral notes, as if paying tribute to the Montagne de Reims. This extremely pure and impressively intense wine combines power with a dash of exoticism.
To the Eye: A sparkling pale gold, with green hues.
To the Nose: A first vegetal and floral impression - honeysuckle, iris, jasmine - complex, though subtle. Notes of vetiver and exotic woods, followed by hints of pepper, and spices such as ginger, cumin and licorice. The aromas reveal themselves gradually, with fragrances of herbal teas, mint tea, verbena, enhanced by incense.
To the Palate: A reliant and refined, elegant wine. Tonic, feather-like but rich and dense. Impressions of warm and dry desert plains. A long, delicate finale on notes such as chocolate and tobacco. A veil, lifted by a refreshing breeze in the desert.
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