PIPER HEIDSIECK Essentiel Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut Champagne NV
95 points and Gold Medal winner “Full-on umami toastiness rich and layered with oyster shell buttered brioche notes on a foaming focussed palate. Pure elegant and brilliantly balanced.” – International Wine Challenge 2021
Piper-Heidsieck Essentiel Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut Champagne NV is a fabulous and vegan-friendly fizz with an immense quality to price ratio. This pure Chardonnay is matured on the lees for 40 months before disgorgement – a lengthy period considering that it only legally requires 15 months. This extended maturation creates a delicate and persistent effervescence and a wine that glitters with lemon zest chalk raisin-studded hot cross buns buttery toast Mirabelle plums crunchy pear pepper roasted hazelnuts and a touch of something umami and satisfying almost like faint ramen broth. Definitely a Champagne for those who prefer the richer full-bodied style or those who like to pair it with a meal.
Piper-Heidsieck’s history is a tale of passion intrigue and stardom. Founder Florens-Louis Heidsieck was a lowly draper in Reims who fell madly in love with a young lady from Champagne. Running away to the famous winemaking region he ditched cloth for bubbles. When he passed away his nephew Christian Heidsieck took over the business with a little help from his cousin Henri-Guillaume Piper. When Christian also died Henri-Guillaume married his widow thus creating Piper-Heidsieck and probably more than a little gossip in the process. The house’s Champagne which is now the official Champagne of the Oscars has been loved by everyone from Marie Antoinette to Marilyn Monroe not to mention Hapsburg princes Chinese emperors and fashion designers. So while Dom Pérignon may bandy around the quote “Come quickly I am tasting the stars ” Piper-Heidsieck allows you to actually drink like the stars.
SKU No.: 3426907
Style No.: 874250
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12%