Champagne Piper-Heidsieck | Reims
With a long and varied history dating back to its beginnings in 1785, when it was created by Florens-Louis Heidsieck, Piper-Heidsieck is one of Champagne’s most well-known yet underestimated houses. From being a favourite of Marilyn Monroe (who claimed she liked a glass to wake up in the morning) to being the first ever bottle of Champagne to feature in a movie (the 1933 Laurel and Hardy film ‘Sons of the Desert’), it has long links to the world of cinema and in recent years, it has been the Champagne served at the Oscars.
Today, the house is owned by the same family as Charles Heidsieck, Rare Champagne, Biondi-Santi and Château La Verrerie, benefitting from the quality ethos that drives the continual investment in winemaking and vineyards from the Descours family. Presided over by a roll call of Champagne’s most admired winemakers, the quality of the wines never fails to shine at international competitions – at the 2019 International Wine & Spirit Competition the 2012 Vintage was awarded the Vintage Champagne Trophy, while the 2019 International Wine Challenge saw the Non-Vintage Classic Blend Trophy awarded to the Essentiel Cuvée Réservée.
The House’s winemakers have won Sparkling Winemaker of the Year at the IWC more than any other house. Chef de Cave Émilien Boutillat is the current custodian, whose philosophy is simple: preserving the quality, elegance and generosity of style that has always characterised the Piper-Heidsieck wines. The Essentiel Cuvée Réservée Extra Brut and the Essentiel Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut are made in limited quantities exclusively for independent wine merchants and the hospitality trade . With their low dosage they are perfect for the table either for whetting the palate or serving with seafood.
The Cuvée Sublime is one of Champagne’s best-loved Demi-Secs. With a dosage of 35 g/l and a bright bite of acidity, it shows exquisite balance and generosity, making an elegant partner for desserts or cheeses.