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Piper-Heidsieck debuts Rare rosé Champagne

Piper-Heidsieck has unveiled its first Rare rosé Champagne – the Rare Rosé Millésime 2007 – which joins the label’s white Rare Millésime counterpart.

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Made from a blend of 56% Chardonnay, mainly from the Montaigne de Reims area, and 44% Pinot Noir, the rosé Champagne was left to age in cellar for eight years.

Describing the conditions of the 2007 harvest Régis Camus, Piper Heidsieck’s cellar master, said it was an “unusual year for the vineyard, with extremely early growth which then suffered a period of cold weather”, giving rise to only a few vintage Champagnes.

“2007 was perfectly atypical, producing the first vintage Cuvée Rare Rosé”, said Camus. “We spent several years reflecting on the selection of grape varieties that would be best suited to the rosé version of our prestige cuvée. Rare Rosé Millésime 2007 enjoyed eight years ageing time in the cellars.”

He described the fizz as having notes of lychee, berries and smoked tea on the nose and flavours of exotic herbs, pomegranate, vanilla, passion fruit and a dash of paprika on the palate.

Just 150 bottles of the Rosé Millésime 2007 will be released in the UK, presented in a numbered box made of lacquered black wood and rose gold metal.

Bottles will be available exclusively from Harrods and Hedonism Wines in Mayfair from 1 October with an RRP of £325.00.

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