2006 Piper-Heidsieck Cuvee Rare Brut

Year: 2006
Appellation: Champagne
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 96
Wine Advocate: 94
Jeb Dunnuck: 97+
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.0%
Price :
$149.95

IN A WORD, "SUBLIME"

"A crowd-pleasing example, showing overall balance and integration, with lightly mouthwatering acidity and a creamy texture married to an appealing mix of white cherry, almond biscotti, lemon curd and anise flavors. A lovely streak of spicy minerality drives the long finish. Drink now through 2027. 8,000 cases made, 1,000 cases imported. -AN" (WS)

"The 2006 Brut Cuvée Rare is a rich, gourmand rendition of this prestige bottling, unfurling in the glass with a complex bouquet that mingles aromas of yellow orchard fruit, pears and fresh pineapple with nuances of buttered toast, iodine and smoke. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, broad and textural, while remaining fresh and surprisingly tight-knit at the core, concluding with a long and saline finish. There's sufficient structural tension here to promise more than a decade's graceful evolution, and although this is nicely balanced, it's a generous, sun kissed rendition of the Cuvée Rare that reflects the warm vintage. The blend is 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir." (WA)

"The flagship release is the 2006 Champagne Rare, a 70/30 split of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that’s a cellar selection from 8 different Grand Cru vineyards. Tight, backward, and straight-up structured, it offers brilliant notes of stone fruits, toasted brioche, white flowers, and obvious minerality. Needing plenty of air to show at its best, this beauty has a wonderful mid-palate, a racy mousse, and the balance and class to cruise for over two decades in cool cellars." (JD)

Winery Notes:
Piper-Heidsieck’s Rare is a champagne that lives up to its name. This Cuvée de Prestige is produced in very limited quantities and in very select vintages. Rare Millesime 2006 is a luxurious, classical Cuvée – structured, full-bodied and bursting with fruit. This wine is a blend of 17 crus which matured for at least seven years in the House’s cellars. The 2006 vintage described in one word: sunny. Following a cold winter with abundant snowfall succeeded by spring thunderstorms, the summer brought suffocating heat. In August, the temperatures cooled and heavy rains threatened the grapes’ maturity. In September, the heat thankfully came back to encourage the harvest.