Jeb Dunnuck: 96+ Points for Piper-Heidsieck Rosé Millésime Rare 2007

Piper-Heidsieck Rosé Millésime Rare 2007 received an excellent rating of 96+ points from Jeb Dunnuck.

Piper-Heidsieck Rosé Millésime Rare Brut 2007
96+ Points
“Another sensational Champagne, as well as the first vintage for the cuvee, the 2007 Rare Rosé (56% Chardonnay and 44% Pinot Noir) offers that beautiful nuance and complexity you only get from top rosé Champagnes. Orange blossom, strawberries, spice, dried flowers, toasted bread, and orange peel notes all emerge from this richly concentrated, medium to full-bodied, beautifully textured 2007. With a fine, yet layered mousse, incredible complexity, and a great finish, this blockbuster effort will be better with 2-3 years of bottle age and shine for 10-15 years or more.”

Jeb Dunnuck: 97 Points for Piper-Heidsieck Millésime Rare 2002

Piper-Heidsieck Millésime Rare 2002 received an excellent rating of 97 points from Jeb Dunnuck.

Piper-Heidsieck Millésime Rare Brut 2002
97 Points
“A gorgeous wine that’s a legend in the making, the 2002 Rare Brut is a blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir, with just under 10 grams of dosage. Offering incredible notes of stone fruits, brioche, white flowers, and hints of toasted nuts, this flat out awesome wine is concentrated and opulent, yet still dances on the palate with vibrant acidity and great, great finish. It’s going to drink beautifully for another two to three decades. Bravo! This cuvee has only been made in 1976, 1979, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1998, 1999, 2002, and in 2007.”

The Wine Advocate: 96 Points for Piper-Heidsieck Rosé Millésime Rare 2007

Piper-Heidsieck Rosé Millésime Rare 2007 received a great review from Stephan Reinhardt in the November 30, 2017 issue of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate:

Piper-Heidsieck Rosé Millésime Rare 2007
96 Points
“The salmon colored 2007 Rosé Millésime Rare has a clear, fresh slightly oaky-nougat and pretty vinous bouquet. It is a rich and slightly sweetish yet pure, refined, elegant and well-structured Rosé Champagne with a good grip and tension as well as a long,  intensely aromatic and powerful finish. This is a great and enormously complex Champagne with an extraordinary complex finish.”

Ed McCarthy Rates Rare Rosé 98 Points

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Ed McCarthy, author of Champagne for Dummies, had an opportunity to visit recently with PIPER-HEIDSIECK Chef de Cave Régis Camus, and came away impressed with the wines they tasted together, including the new Rare Rosé. He writes:

It debuted in Paris two weeks ago; I was fortunate to be the first U.S. wine writer to taste it two days ago, with Régis Camus in New York. In one word, it is…magnificent! The color is as gorgeous as I have seen in a Rosé Champagne: It is a deep salmon pink, just a bit tinged with orange and peach. It is luminous; the Rare Rosé truly stands out in the glass as soon as it is poured. We used perfectly shaped white wine glasses, which enhanced its aromas and flavors (avoid using flutes with this Champagne–or any quality Champagne, for that matter).

The most surprising quality of Piper’s Rare Rosé 2007 is its depth and concentration. Although 2007 is regarded as a good vintage in the Champagne region, it also has the reputation of being rather precocious, with its Champagnes being generally ready to drink soon. Not so the Rare Rosé, for sure. I asked Camus why he chose the 2007 vintage for the Rare Rosé debut. Camus replied that the grapes he chose–56 percent Chardonnay, 44 percent Pinot Noir, mainly from Grand Cru vineyards–were perfect for the Champagne he wanted to produce. The Rare Rosé is elegant, with great finesse. It is subtle, with subdued aromas at this point, but with a purity of concentrated fruit and amazing depth. I would think that it needs ten years to fully develop, and yet it will be enjoyable to drink within five years. I rate the Piper-Heidsieck Rare Rosé 2007 a 98.

See McCarthy’s full piece on PIPER-HEIDSIECK at Wine Review Online.

97 Points for the Rare 2002 from Wine Spectator

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In the September 2, 2016, Wine Spectator Insider, Champagne expert Alison Napjus awards the PIPER-HEIDSIECK Rare 2002 a score of 97 points. Here’s her glowing review of this extraordinary wine:

Piper-Heidsieck Brut Champagne Rare 2002  | 97 points
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.”—Alison Napjus.

(Sept. 3, 2015)