- The ninth vintage since its inception in 1976
- This is 'THE' Prestige Cuvée from Piper-Heidsieck
- Pair with Beluga Caviar or a Cohiba cigar.
"This is indeed rare, the ninth vintage since 1976, and it keeps on coming, still current in the market six years after release. And, my goodness, it continues to radiate more than its quota of sheer joy! It still glows in elegantly medium-straw hues, impressively bright for 11 years of age. Its enticing gunflint reduction notes still lead out, carrying with them a wonderfully complex yet compact and elegant array of succulent yellow stone fruits, now beginning to show the complexity of glacé pear, with rising notes of wood smoke and buttered toast. Bottles opened in Champagne still uphold primary citrus vitality."
This Champagne is crystal-clear in colour, with bright yellow hues. On the nose, there are aromas of apricot pastries, orange zest and mango, followed by more pronounced notes of vanilla, toast and Oriental spices. The complex bouquet of spices leads to a delicate, long finish. Opulent, rich and intense, Rare 2006 is a testament to this sunny vintage resulting in a Champagne with great concentration. Tyson Stelzer
70% chardonnay from Avize, Vertus, Verzy and Villers-Marmery; 30% pinot noir from Aÿ; 8.5g/L dosage
About the 2006 Harvest
The 2006 vintage was a year of mixed weather. It began with a rainy spell and late spring, but with little or no frost in the vineyards. Early summer was positive, with the months of June and July creating perfect conditions for flowering. Although there were some storms in late-July, the overall health of the vines was great since the weather remained hot through to the harvest with spells of rain in August promoting even healthier grapes.