Piper-Heidsieck Rare Millesime 2002

Champagne | Champagne,  France
This Cuvée de Prestige is produced in very limited quantities and in very select vintages. Rare Millesime 2002 is a luxurious , classical Cuvée – structured, full-bodied and bursting with fruit. A wine with depth, but also honed with precise harmony. Voluptuously ample with subtle nuances of exotic mint tea, lime, kumquat, and candied ginger. A long, echoing finish. Can be held until 2035!

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Piper-Heidsieck Rare Millesime 2002

Details

  • Style

    Delicate, Full Bodied, Structured

  • Varietal

    Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Champagne

  • Flavor

    Almond, Ginger, Kiwi, Lime, Mango, Mint, Mineral, Fruit, Fig, Spices

  • Aroma

    Delicate notes of exotic fruit, including mango and kiwi, along with dried fig and almond. A touch of minerals and ground spices.

  • Pairings

    Fin Fish, Mature & Hard Cheese, Mild & Soft Cheese, Shellfish, Spicy Food, Steak Fish, Vegetarian

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This Cuvée de Prestige is produced in very limited quantities and in very select vintages. Rare Millesime 2002 is a luxurious , classical Cuvée – structured, full-bodied and bursting with fruit. A wine with depth, but also honed with precise harmony. Voluptuously ample with subtle nuances of exotic mint tea, lime, kumquat, and candied ginger. A long, echoing finish. Can be held until 2035!

Wine Facts

BOTTLE SIZE

750 ml

ALCOHOL %

12.0%

AGING

Aged for a minimum of 7 years.

FERMENTATION

The wine goes through alcoholic fermentation in September and October, followed by malolactic fermentation from October to December. Blending takes place from February to April, followed by racking in January.

2002 Vintage

97 WS
Rated On: November 2015

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, with a lasting finish. Drink now through 2027.

- Wine Spectator

95 RP
Rated On: June 2016

The pale gold, greenish shimmering 2002 Rare Millesime – 30% Pinot Noir and 70% Chardonnay – offers a very intense and rich, yet fresh nose of exotic fruit aromas of pineapples, mango, kiwi and passion fruit. On the palate, this is a mouthful of luscious Champagne: powerful and intense, but pure and with the complexity of matured wines. The finish is very exotic in its fruit aromas, but also persistently mineral.

- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

94 W&S
Rated On: December 2015

When we tasted this wine two years ago, I gave it a similar score (95 points), noting its seductive and complex flavors. For a 2002, the wine was already harmonious and accessible, ready to drink and structured to hold for several years. The powerful drive of the 2002 vintage seems bolder today; more about creaminess and brioche-like autolysis than fruit, it still leaves my mouth tingling with gingery freshness and brightness of acidity. If you haven’t tried Piper Rare in some time, this is worth checking out –a blend from 17 crus in the Montagne de Reims, 70 percent chardonnay, 30 percent pinot noir, built for lobster or other rich shellfish.

- Wine & Spirits

93 JS
Rated On: July 2015

An attractive nose with plenty of toasty grilled cashews and bready aromas here, plus fresh peach and citrus fruits that are wrapped in caramel. Plenty of lemon as it breathes and freshens up. The palate's crisp and crunchy; lemon acidity pins a big mouthful of flavor in long and fresh. Drink now or for the next three to four years.

- JamesSuckling.com

91 BH
Rated On: January 2016

The very fresh and nicely complex nose reflects notes of green apple, yeast, pain grill'e and plenty of citrus characters. The clean, succulent and fleshy medium-bodied flavors are shaped by a moderately firm effervescence while offering good depth and length on the vaguely sweet finish that some may find more than they prefer as I did. To be sure this is a lovely wine with fine depth but I prefer a drier style. Drink now.

- Allen Meadows' Burghound.com

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