1998 Piper Heidsieck Brut Champagne Cuvee Rare
Champagne Blend - 1.5L
1998 Piper Heidsieck Brut Champagne Cuvee Rare
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Reg: $495.00

$395.00

In Stock: 0 btls
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Pre-Arrival: 24+ btls
ETA: Apr. 2022

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WS 98
Wine Spectator, November 2015
A beautifully bright and expressive Champagne, with precision and vivid acidity throughout; roasted coffee bean and graphite notes lead to a rich palate of toasted brioche, crystallized honey, bergamot and crème de...   A beautifully bright and expressive Champagne, with precision and vivid acidity throughout; roasted coffee bean and graphite notes lead to a rich palate of toasted brioche, crystallized honey, bergamot and crème de cassis. Exotic ground spice details of cardamom, ginger and anise show on the finish. Tasted from magnum. Drink now through 2030. 15 cases imported. — AN  
DC 97
Decanter, October 2019
The 1998 Rare was only made in magnum. Although the key word is ‘radiant’, when cellar master Régis Camus describes it as a perfectly mannered English gentleman he is maybe closer to the mark, notwithstanding the wine’s...   The 1998 Rare was only made in magnum. Although the key word is ‘radiant’, when cellar master Régis Camus describes it as a perfectly mannered English gentleman he is maybe closer to the mark, notwithstanding the wine’s undoubted radiance. There is something inordinately refined and civilised here: spice and blossom, apricot and smoke, an encyclopedic gamut of flavour beyond the apparently youthful, nacreous colour. The tropical fruit leitmotif is present, of course, but there is so much more besides and so much more to come. A truly wonderful wine - English gentlemen really do have a lot to live up to! (Drink between 2019-2030)  
JG 94
View From The Cellar, October 2014
I really like the style and shape of the racy 1998 Rare, which is still quite youthful in profile and needs more time to fully blossom (particularly in magnum). The superb bouquet offers up a primary blend of quince...   I really like the style and shape of the racy 1998 Rare, which is still quite youthful in profile and needs more time to fully blossom (particularly in magnum). The superb bouquet offers up a primary blend of quince, lemon, stony minerality, a touch of fresh almond, citrus peel, smoky notes and blossoming spice tones that are quite prevalent in older vintages of Rare. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, pure and racy, with its minerality far more front and center in this vintage than in the 2002 or 1999, with a fine core, pinpoint bubbles, zesty acids and outstanding length and grip on the nascently complex and racy finish. This is a lovely wine which will only get better with further bottle age, and I would be inclined to leave it sleeping in the cellar for several more years.  
Category Description
Color & Type Sparkling
Varietal Champagne Blend
Country France
Region Champagne
Vintage 1998
Size 1.5L
Percent alcohol 12%
Closure Cork

Label

Heidsieck Cuvee Rare is a blend of 17 crus which were aged for over seven years in the House’s cellars. The blend is 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir, both from Montagne de Reims. The appearance is a dazzling, crystal-clear, citrine yellow gold enlivened by a delicate, shimmering effervescence. The fruit emerges as delicate and golden, with muted exotic fruits (mango and kiwi) and notes of hazelnut, almond and fig. Mild spices (white pepper, smoked tea and cocoa) reflect the wine’s depth but are honed, precise, and in harmony. The palate is voluptuous, with meringue-like delicacy, while nuances of mint tea, lime, kumquat, pineapple and candied ginger evoke distant lands.

Winery

Piper Heidsieck

Piper-Heidsieck started out as a cloth and wine trading company Heidsieck & Co which was founded by Florens-Louis Heidsieck in 1785. His distinctive champagne’s reputation quickly spread and won favor at court.

The Piper-Heidsieck Maison owns precious wine-growing land from the Montagne de Reims to the Cote des Bar. The blend of its signature cuvee is 55 to 60% Pinot Noir for structure, 10 to 15% Chardonnay grapes which add elegant nuances, 15 to 20% Pinot Meunier which enhances fruitiness, and 10 to 15% reserve wines which provide consistency from year to year.

Vinification is done separately by variety and by vineyard in order to preserve their unique characters and offer maximum blending flexibility.