It all began with Florens-Louis Heidsieck. Born in Westphalia in 1749, this son of a Protestant minister started out as a draper in Reims where he fell in love with a girl from Champagne… and with the wine from Champagne. He was a self-educated man, overcome with the incredible ambition... Lees verder
It all began with Florens-Louis Heidsieck. Born in Westphalia in 1749, this son of a Protestant minister started out as a draper in Reims where he fell in love with a girl from Champagne… and with the wine from Champagne. He was a self-educated man, overcome with the incredible ambition “to make a cuvée worthy of a queen”. In 1785 he founded the Cloth and Wine Trading Company Heidsieck & Co. He straightaway made his name with a distinctive champagne, whose reputation quickly spread beyond the local region and won favour at court. On the death of Florens-Louis Heidsieck in 1828, Christian Heidsieck, his nephew and Henri-Guillaume Piper, a talented man with tremendous business acumen joined forces. From Hapsburg princes to Chinese emperors, 14 royal and imperial courts granted him the distinction of becoming their “authorised supplier”. High society around the world coveted “the Piper by Heidsieck”. In 1835, Christian Heidsieck suddenly died and, in 1838, his wife remarried Henri-Guillaume Piper. And thus the Piper-Heidsieck brand was born. Then in 2011, the Descours family took over the reins. Christopher Descours, grandson of Jean-Louis Descours, a major figure in the National Council of French Employers, who holds the future of this great Maison in his hands.
Of course, the Piper-Heidsieck Maison owns precious wine-growing land from the Montagne de Reims to the Côte des Bar. However, the majority of the hundred growths used for the blending of its signature cuvée, a full bodied wine, come from growths carefully chosen from those most representative of the diversity grown in Champagne. From amongst the region’s traditional grape varieties, a privileged place is given to Pinot Noir (55 to 60%). It gives structure to the composition. Chardonnay grapes (10 to 15%) add elegant nuances. Pinot Meunier (15 to 20%) expands the blend with its fruitiness. The precious reserve wines (10 to 15%) correct any vagaries of nature. They balance out the current harvest wines and perpetuate the signature of Piper-Heidsieck’s non-vintage Brut. The result is a delight for the senses. On the eye, there is an explosion of fine bubbles and golden glints as if the wine contained all the shades of the Champagne sky. The nose reveals subtle springtime aromas of citrus, apple and pear. In the mouth, the wine is forthright, structured and fruity.