2002 Piper Heidsieck Brut Champagne Cuvee Rare

  • Champagne Blend
  • 750ML
  • Best
    seller
  • WS 97
  • WA 95
  • W&S 95
  • JG 95
  • WE 94
  • IWC 93
  • JS 93

Reviews for 2002 Piper Heidsieck Brut Champagne Cuvee Rare

WS 97
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, September 2015
Impeccably balanced and silky, with finely honed acidity shaping the expansive flavors of toasted brioche, crushed blackberry, lemon preserves and honey, revealing hints of Frangelico liqueur and smoked nut. Rich and... Impeccably balanced and silky, with finely honed acidity shaping the expansive flavors of toasted brioche, crushed blackberry, lemon preserves and honey, revealing hints of Frangelico liqueur and smoked nut. Rich and vivid, offering a lasting finish. Drink now through 2027. From France. — A.N.
WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2016
The pale gold, greenish shimmering 2002 Rare Millesime – 30% Pinot Noir and 70% Chardonnay – offers a very intense and rich, yet fresh nose of exotic fruit aromas of pineapples, mango, kiwi and passion fruit. On the... The pale gold, greenish shimmering 2002 Rare Millesime – 30% Pinot Noir and 70% Chardonnay – offers a very intense and rich, yet fresh nose of exotic fruit aromas of pineapples, mango, kiwi and passion fruit. On the palate, this is a mouthful of luscious Champagne: powerful and intense, but pure and with the complexity of matured wines. The finish is very exotic in its fruit aromas, but also persistently mineral. - Stephan Reinhardt
W&S 95
Wine & Spirits - Wine & Spirits, December 2013
This is a blend from 17 crus in the Montagne de Reims, 70 percent chardonnay, 30 percent 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... This is a blend from 17 crus in the Montagne de Reims, 70 percent chardonnay, 30 percent 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.
JG 95
John Gilman - View From The Cellar, October 2014
The 2002 Rare is starting to really drink well, as the wine is blossoming from behind its lovely structural elements and is really a fine, fine example of the vintage. As I noted in the last feature on Champagne back in... The 2002 Rare is starting to really drink well, as the wine is blossoming from behind its lovely structural elements and is really a fine, fine example of the vintage. As I noted in the last feature on Champagne back in Issue 52, the bouquet has gotten toastier as the wine has opened up, with the wine now offering up a fine mélange of apple, white peach, fresh-baked bread, leesy overtones, a lovely base of soil, citrus zest and a touch of white flowers in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very elegant, with broad shoulders, very elegant mousse, an excellent core, great focus and grip and a very long, complex and beautifully-balanced finish. A superb wine that is just reaching its plateau and will drink beautifully for decades to come.
WE 94
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, December 2012
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... 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.
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, November 2011
Light bright gold. An intensely perfumed bouquet evokes candied orange pear and ginger with building floral and spice nuances. Juicy and precise on the palate offering an array of citrus and floral flavors that become... Light bright gold. An intensely perfumed bouquet evokes candied orange pear and ginger with building floral and spice nuances. 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.
JS 93
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, July 2015
An attractive nose with plenty of toasty grilled cashews and bready aromas here, plus fresh peach and citrus fruits that are wrapped in caramel. Plenty of lemon as it breathes and freshens up. The palate's crisp and... An attractive nose with plenty of toasty grilled cashews and bready aromas here, plus fresh peach and citrus fruits that are wrapped in caramel. Plenty of lemon as it breathes and freshens up. The palate's crisp and crunchy; lemon acidity pins a big mouthful of flavor in long and fresh. Drink now or for the next three to four years. - Nick Stock