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 Vintage2002 Label 1 of 20 
TypeWhite - Sparkling
ProducerPiper-Heidsieck (web)
VarietyChampagne Blend
DesignationCuvée Rare
UPC Code(s)087236657253

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2025 (based on 9 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Piper Heidsieck Rare on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 93.3 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 82 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 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. (977 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. (1065 views)
 Tasted by rlove on 6/11/2015 & rated 97 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. (857 views)
 Tasted by tinybubbles on 6/6/2015 & rated 94 points: On the nose, apple, floral notes including honeysuckle, and light background brioche. Some light spice on the palate to complement the fruit as the wine warms. Strong acid on the back palate with a crisp sharp finish. (706 views)
 Tasted by Paul S on 4/25/2015 & rated 94 points: A tremendous Champagne - this knocked my socks off. It had such a lovely deep nose, full of white fruit, with white chocolate and bread and yeast and a tiny hint of oxidative white meat notes, all topped-off with a little spice and mineral and a subtle nutty hint. The palate was, in every way, complete. There was a nice creamy depth to the wine, but this was wed to a laser-like precision, with lively acidity and mouthfilling stream of super-fine mousse lending it a great sense of clarity and focus as it unfolded in lovely clean notes of white fruit - apples and pears - chased by juicy citrus nuances, all filling the mouth with lovely bright flavours. I found this to be a study in contrasts: superb depth wed to wonderful transperancy, all very complete, compact, and wonderfully integrated. A long, powerful finish then brought the wine to a delightful end, with a rapier-like thrust of white fruit and citrus zest flecked by little suggestions of minerality. A superb Champange with tons packed into this. Yet, unlike so many 2002s, this needs years to unfurl. I would love to try it again in say 2020-2025. (1669 views)
 Tasted by Rezy13 on 4/24/2015: Friday Night Double Blind Mondo $100+ (Bin 75): Greenish straw with fine bead; some vanilla, lees though not biscuit, fuller and fatter on the nose, lemon curd, coffee, green apple, almond paste; heavier on the palate, nice density, froth, good focus, doesn't seem like BdB, almost a smoky minerality, green apple on long finish; very noble, not as complete as a Krug but plenty of polish like it. (1059 views)
 Tasted by Richard Henriksson on 4/24/2015 & rated 94 points: Vivid and young. Dry and flavorful champagne which tastes of citrus fruits (grape fruit?), apples and minerals. It's a win-win wine: pop it now and you won't be disappointed, wait and you'll be rewarded. It will age gracefully. (1053 views)
 Tasted by clayfu on 3/22/2015: That 30% pinot noir really adds on to the body with a very brooding round palate. Very fun to try the two champagnes next to each other. (1749 views)
 Tasted by redknife on 2/27/2015 & rated 94 points: Key West with friends.
Solid, full body champagne (1688 views)
 Tasted by rocknroller on 2/13/2015 & rated 95 points: Light-medium gold color. Drank several glasses over 2.5 hours. I opened this for our Valentine's Day dinner Friday night and it certainly did not disappoint. Hadn't had it in a little over 2 years and it really has improved. I think this is now hitting its prime drinking window and yet will continue to improve over the next 6+ years. The bead is almost explosive with very small speedy bubbles. The nose has focused apple and lemon aromas, fresh sea air, and the most delicate yeast notes. The palate has great intensity, power, but deft and exquisitely refined, apple, pear, lemon chiffon, precise sea shore minerality, just a touch of subtle yeast, and a long evocative finish. This was a wine of intensity and depth, but not heavy or clumsy at all. Delicious. (1578 views)
 Tasted by Paul Lin on 1/1/2015 & rated 93 points: Rich aromas of butter, bread dough, lemon, fennel, ginger, and pear. Intense on the palate with flinty notes of nectarines, ginger, lemon, and sea shells. Grapefruit on the finish. A very forward Champagne but perfectly balanced and delicious. Tastes great now but certainly has the guts for long term aging. (1920 views)
 Tasted by BornToRhone on 12/31/2014 & rated 94 points: 750ml; PnP; transparent medium yellow color not showing advanced age; nose of lemon, slight grapefruit, ocean air, flower; flavors of white grape, lemon and mandarin orange custard up front followed by brioche/dinner rolls followed by minerals and earthiness. Citrus and minerals hang around for minutes. I'm liking this, especially as it opens up. (1664 views)
 Tasted by redknife on 12/28/2014 & rated 94 points: Tasting menu at bread and butter with GA, Joe and Phillipe
No formal note but this was very enjoyable, medium body, baked apples, brioche on nose and palate. 93-95 pts. (1520 views)
 Tasted by Thirsty1 on 12/18/2014: The piper wines have never appealed to me but WOW is this GREAT champagne. It came out of left field. Stone crabs from Joes and this was in front and it was a better pairing than I could have expected. Lots of lemon, stone, pear and hints of apricot. It was all there with unfolding layers of fruit and a very precise wine. Simply excellent. I also took champagneinhand's recommendation and kept this on ice, open, for 1 hour before drinking. (1734 views)
 Tasted by lolo66 on 12/4/2014: quick taste - seamless. smooth. rich. bready. delicious. (1446 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 12/4/2014: Grand Champagne Tasting (The Wine Club, San Francisco): Sulfury nose with yeastiness. Dry and medium bodied. The sulfur makes it hard to assess. (2202 views)
 Tasted by Seth Rosenberg on 12/3/2014 & rated 94 points: Crush's Annual Champagne Gala 2014 (Crush Wine & Spirits, Midtown Manhattan.): Hate the bottle - love the contents. The nose is bready with toast, malt balls, lemon - rich and delicious. Similar on the palate with malt balls, bread, toast, lemon and nuts, and a bit of spice. This is a warm, generous and sweet style of champagne that has an excellent structure to support it. Killer stuff. Maybe a tad below the last two superb showings. Nose - 5.5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1-1.5/2 = 17-17.5/20. (1795 views)
 Tasted by JDRFoster on 11/27/2014 & rated 94 points: Lemon , roasted hazelnuts, citrus oil, pretty long finish. Elegant. (1349 views)
 Tasted by Seth Rosenberg on 11/16/2014 & rated 94 points: Dinner with the family at WD-50 (WD-50, NYC): Dad's bottle. This stuff is good. It's not the edgiest or most cut champagne out there, but damn it is delicious. Nose of toast, vanilla creme, malt balls, red apples, flint, maybe a bit of meyer lemon as well. Very forward and rich nose, but it clearly has the structure to age. The palate is similar - brioche, toast, vanilla creme and malt balls lead, then the red apple and some nice minerality. The mousse is soft and fine. This is on the richer side, but has some verve and will age well. Showing well and consistent with my last note. Nose - 5.5/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17/20. (1770 views)
 Tasted by ProfByron on 11/2/2014 & rated 92 points: Suburb Champagne even though it is just a baby. Will earn higher points in years to come.

When tasted too cold at first the sheer concentration of flavour and rapier-like acidity on the finish is remarkable. When it warms up the acid tones down a degree and complexity emerges but the concentration of flavour is still prominent. At 12 years of age it is tightly wound but not closed. Enjoy now but best kept for a few years and then enjoyed over a decade. (1501 views)
 Tasted by Le Monty on 11/1/2014: This is really starting to come around. Probably one of the bigger and sweeter '02's, but still has good acidity to go the distance. The only thing that bothers me about this is the bottle design. (1436 views)
 Tasted by aquacongas on 11/1/2014 & rated 95 points: one the best of my beloved 2002 vintage so far. As good as tasted in 05/12. Great roasting aromas as nuts, coffee, espresso, powerful and elegant, very long finish, a baby, give him 20 more years, potential to 97-98, well balanced acidity and sweetness (50+5+13+18+9) (1420 views)
 Tasted by Uglypinga on 10/30/2014: Fairly intense nose of apricot pit, and some cream. The palate is full of pit fruits with great acidity and tiny bubbles. Very nice hut needs to loosen up (1351 views)
 Tasted by Le Monty on 10/11/2014: Much better than when I had it a year ago. This is a big, bold Champer, that drinks more like a BdN, lots of red fruit flavors. Another great '02. I hate the label though. (1369 views)
 Tasted by aquacongas on 8/23/2014 & rated 95 points: I was suprised, drank it Champions League final 2013, piper heidsick was never my favorite champagne, but this wine is sublime, still in his young age, brioche, toast, nuts, toffee, coffee, red berries, very long finish, balanced, drink it now over the next 20 years, the best drinkable 2002 I know (1944 views)
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(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.


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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.


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