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 Vintage2002 Label 1 of 24 
TypeWhite - Sparkling
ProducerPiper-Heidsieck (web)
VarietyChampagne Blend
DesignationCuvée Rare
UPC Code(s)087236657253

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2026 (based on 14 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Piper Heidsieck Rare on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 93.4 pts. and median of 94 pts. in 108 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by aquacongas on 2/11/2016 & rated 95 points: Again in perfect shape, the roasty aromas are dominating, frsh baken bread, almonds and roased nuts, vibrant acidity, precise long finish, still young, long to live, 95-96 (339 views)
 Tasted by AWBryce on 2/9/2016: Clean and crisp, lemony, citrus, a thin bead but great acidity. Enjoyable. (285 views)
 Tasted by Iceman611 on 2/5/2016 & rated 94 points: The wine has matured wonderfully. It is elixir. Ethereal body with nice acidity and some yeastiness. (321 views)
 Tasted by mjdixon on 2/5/2016 & rated 95 points: Similar taste to Dom Perignon but a little nicer and a little more citrus
Not too heavy - one of my favorite vintage champagnes (365 views)
 Tasted by kalissa on 12/31/2015 & rated 95 points: Great nose, light gold colour, refined mousse, medium intensity on the palate, long finish. Great to drink now and will probably improve if you choose to age it further. An excellent champagne! (893 views)
 Tasted by redknife on 12/29/2015 & rated 93 points: At Le Provencale with my NPs
No formal TNs but Showed well (777 views)
 Tasted by bjamesclark on 12/26/2015 & rated 95 points: Elaborated with a majority of Chardonnays from the Montagne de Reims region (70%) and complemented with Pinot Noir (30%) from the same region, this wine is a blend of 17 crus which matured for over seven years in the House’s cellars.

An absolutely stunning and rare offering that even at $200 delivers above its price point. In tribute to its exceptional history, Rare was wrapped in a 64g 18-carat gold tiara created by Arthus-Bertrand. Truly as equal is the gold inside this Champagne.

Toasted almonds and Frangelico, ginger, citrus zest, kumquat, vanilla cream, toasted brioche, lemon meringue pie and a touch of cinnamon are rich supported by a perfect mousse and vivid acidity. Damn near flawless (988 views)
 Tasted by mjdixon on 12/24/2015 & rated 93 points: Nice champers with brioche and lemon
Effervescent with good mousse
Not as good as Dom but not far off And more fizz (974 views)
 Tasted by teemuskogberg on 12/24/2015 & rated 92 points: Väri kirkas ja kauniin jouluisen kultainen. Eloisa pieni kuplainen
Tuoksu paahteinen raikas tammitettu hienostunut
Maku kalkkikivi, hapokas, hedelmäinen, nuori, vihreää omenaa, vaniljaa
Ei ehkä maailman paras mutta hintasa väärti (1008 views)
 Tasted by MarcelloW on 12/19/2015 & rated 95 points: Everybody enjoyed this one. Nice, yeasty nose. Very fresh with good minerality. Candied fruits. Still young. Much more elegant than the DP 06 this evening. (850 views)
 Tasted by swapdoc on 12/19/2015: Zachys Champagne Extravaganza: Powerful, well crafted wine that is just beginning to show well. Compact flavors of toasted almonds, hint of zest, vanilla, ginger, all bound in an smooth mouthfeel. Very good. (1025 views)
 Tasted by Loren Sonkin on 12/16/2015 & rated 94 points: Tasting Group Holiday Party (Mouton, Laurent, Essencia, Hundred Acre, Staglin, +++) (University Circle): This was quite good. My first time trying this. Light gold in color. Nice mousse. The nose has toast, slight lemons, and ginger. Very nice. Got broader with air. On the palate, this is complex. Great backbone of acidity. Very smooth finish. Everything about this wine seems understated except the synergy of the parts makes the package great (if that makes sense). Anyway, drinking very well now. Probably no hurry but seems to be at its first peak. There is a slight oxidized/nutty note on the finish that is very enjoyable right now. (1216 views)
 Tasted by jmoore431 on 12/8/2015 & rated 95 points: Very pale colored; fresh, breadiness with hints of burnt caramel; very crisp, fresh and way too young! Should gain some complexity over next 5 years. (1165 views)
 Tasted by Le Monty on 11/27/2015: Consistent with previous bottles. One of the best '02's. (1175 views)
 Tasted by tinybubbles on 11/7/2015 & rated 93 points: 2014 disgorgement. 60% Chard, 40% PN. On the nose, mango, jackfruit, fresh apricot, slate and pear tart. Richness with minerality on the palate. Fresh but also with good structure. Flat acid back but enough of it to age well. Quite rich overall. Should be better as it softens with time. 93+ (1605 views)
 Tasted by aquacongas on 11/3/2015 & rated 95 points: still fantastic, dominating roasted aromas, 5th time in the last 2 years, staying at his high level, at the moment one of the best 2002 to drink with a long life, again 95 (1717 views)
 Tasted by Rlum25 on 10/30/2015 & rated 94 points: Wonderfully balanced champagne. Lighter bubbles than most but not short of flavors. Very smoot. Paired excellently with goat cheese and grapes (1512 views)
 Tasted by gr8penut on 10/14/2015 & rated 97 points: Nov 15 2015 Wine Spectator Selection rating. (1738 views)
 Tasted by Palisades on 10/3/2015 & rated 92 points: A great chamapgne but I don't think it's ready to drink yet. Beautiful nose once it has been sitting in the glass for a bit. Lemon, pear, apple, floral notes. Drinking it I don't get the brioche, bread, yeast, earth notes that others talk about. It is tightly wound around its lemony, acidic, mineral core . Lots of really fine bubbles but to sharp and refined. I will give this some time and I think with time this wine will become a 93-95. (471 views)
 Tasted by neurowine1 on 10/2/2015 & rated 96 points: Absolutely gorgeous! Having worked through almost a whole case of 02 DP, I can safely say this is more impressive (and I love the '02 Dom). Perfect bead, huge yeasty and yellow fruit nose leaps from the glass. Creamy, delicate, multi-layered, and perfectly balanced. Finish goes on and on. This has aged effortlessly and is likely on a very long plateau. My first experience with this wine, but I think I agree with Hugh Johnson that this is one of champagne's best kept secrets. Love it! (1562 views)
 Tasted by Rupert on 8/26/2015: Deep, toasty, spectacular (890 views)
 Tasted by fabfoods on 8/20/2015 & rated 95 points: Wow, what a wonderful champer. This is still tight, but drinks superbly and will only get better. Great to have more bottles in the cellar. (2176 views)
 Tasted by galewskj on 6/14/2015 & rated 93 points: Sparkling "Wines by Joe" (Tracy's Patio): A small pour at a tasting, this was the WOTN by a long shot. Apple, minerals, rich brioche, spice, mixed nuts. (2768 views)
 Tasted by rocknroller on 6/13/2015 & rated 94 points: Champagne and Sparklers (Tracy's, Mpls): Light gold color. 2oz pour. 70C/30PN. Taking the WOTN by storm this was the not at all unexpected class of the evening. Wow, a crystalline minerality on the nose, yeasty, slightly earthy, toasted; wow, long and deep on the penetrating palate, power and depth, but no lack of finesse either. I continue to be impressed by this Champagne, and i can't help but think we are just seeing the infancy of a great wine. (2781 views)
 Tasted by rlove on 6/11/2015 & rated 96 points: Candied pear, candied ginger, toast, and honey on the nose. Spicy, floral, and saline in the mouth. Tiny beads build to a long, lingering, nutty finish. This is a powerful, impressive Champagne. Wonderful now but with years of aging possible. (2322 views)
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View From the Cellar, Sep/Oct 2010, Issue #29, The Annual Champagne and Sparkling Wine Addendum
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (9/26/2013)
(Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Cuvée Rare) Light lemon yellow color with abundant, steady, tiny bubbles; appealing, savory, autolytic, brioche, almond brioche nose; tasty, autolytic, tart lemon, iodine, saline, almond palate; needs 4-5 years; long finish (70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir; 12% alcohol; 8th edition of this wine)  94 points
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Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Cuvée Rare

The 'Rare' story.... It all began in that long hot summer of 1976. France was hit by an unprecedented drought, which starved the vineyards of much needed water, reminding man of his powerlessness against Mother Nature. Oenologists, winemakers and growers were naturally worried. Under such extreme conditions, could the creation of vintage worthy of the house be achieved? Refusing to give up, they were determined to succeed. Confounding all expectations, the vintage created that year was one of extreme purity. It was given the name 'Rare' as a reminder of the events which shaped it. Thus was the birth of 'Rare' and ever since it is only produced in those rare years where nature has been unpredictable under difficult climatic conditions.Each very different in their own way and always exceptional. As the epitome of nature at its most tempremental, Rare is as dazzling and impressive as Mother Nature herself. It is the fruit of a soil tormented by the elements, Rare contains a complex mineral composition, of extreme purity. The classic minerality that they seek to achieve is the reason why there was no 'Rare' produced in a vintage such as 1996- the fruit was simply too ripe and lacking the personality desired The 1976 was the first ever vintageof 'RARE' produced and there has only been 7 releases in the past 30 years!

Champagne Blend

The typical champagne blend is of three grapes - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier. Wines labeled as 'Blanc de Blancs' are by definition all Chardonnay, and wines labeled as 'Blanc de Noirs' contain Pinot Noir, Meunier or both in the blend.

There are how ever three additional grape varieties planted (Arbane, Petit Meslier and Pinot Blanc) and used in Champagne, they could be called legacy grapes and do not represent significant portion of the grapes used (<0.01%?). It is not permitted to plant more of these varieties.

However, sparkling wines that are not Champagne (i.e. not grown in the area legally allowed that name in France) may be made of several other grapes, too. For example, Markko Vineyards 'Excelsior' was given the name 'Champagne' with tongue-in-cheek, as the winemaker has embarked on a program to educate his consumers away from the use of the 'C' word. This wine is actually made like many German Sekts, from Riesling.


Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)


Le Champagne (Le comité interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne) | Grandes Marques & Maisons de Champagne (Union des Maisons de Champagne)

France - When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of consistent quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.

Champagne - The French region of Champagne (including the cities of Rheims, Épernay, and Aÿ) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and wine-making traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range in sweetness ranging from an extra brut or brut 0, to the basic brut to demi sec to doux; some houses produce single vintage champagnes and others produce non-vintage (or incorporate wines/grapes of multiple vintages), often to preserve a specific taste; combinations of grape varietals; and colors, including a rosé. There are several sub-appellations, including the Valley of the Marnes river running from Épernay west, Massif de Saint-Thierry north and west of Rheims, Valley of the Ardre, the Mountains of Rheims (between Rheims and Épernay), Côte des Blancs, Côte de Sézanne, and Côte des Bar in the South. Champagne wine only uses three grape varietals (cépages): Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier.


The vineyards of Champagne on weinlagen-info

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