What do the world’s best-selling Champagnes taste like?

8. Piper-Heidsieck

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Piper-Heidsieck sells 4.3 million bottles annually

Label: Piper-Heidsieck Cuvée Brut Non-Vintage
Blend (approx.): 55% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot Meunier, 15% Chardonnay
Reserve wine (%): 10–14
Lees ageing (months): 27-30
Dosage (g/l): 10-10.9
MLF: Full
Price (RRP, UK): £25
Size (approx. annual sales, 2014): 4.3m bottles
Cellar master: Régis Camus

Piper-Heidsieck has been enjoying a rennaissance since 2011, when it was acquired by luxury goods group EPI, a company owned by France’s Descours family.

Having moved away from much of the price discounting in supermarkets that seemed to plague the Champagne brand under its former owner, Rémy-Cointreau, Piper-Heidsieck is now seen as a credible alternative to any of the labels in this list.

However, the quality of the Champagnes have always been high, under the skilful management of highly-respected cellar master Régis Camus, Piper-Heidsieck winemaker since 1994.

The style of Piper-Heidsieck’s Cuvée Brut Non-Vintage is quite rich, combining a reasonably high dosage by modern standards of 11 g/l, along with almost three years ageing on the lees, ensuring this is a creamy-textured Champagne with aromas of toasted bread.

However, in our most recent Champagne Masters, the Brut Non-Vintage appeared more linear, dry and chalky than in previous competitions.

Champagne Masters 2017 medal: Silver

11 Responses to “What do the world’s best-selling Champagnes taste like?”

  1. Tim Ambler says:

    What champagnes were tasted other than the five reported?

  2. Great review of champagnes – but what glass was used for the tasting: the flute that was recently scorned by one house, the old fashioned saucer, or another whose name we should be told?

  3. Christine says:

    Which Champagne will you be featuring in part 2?

  4. Patrick Schmitt says:

    We use Schott Zwiesel Cru Classic white wine glasses.

  5. This trend of the consumer has occurred in Spain and in particular in the largest consumer and production region, Catalonia.
    At the moment the cavas / wines sparkling brut nature are the greater part of the offer

    Content of sugar:

    BRUT NATURE Hasta 3 g/l y sin adición de azúcar
    EXTRA BRUT Hasta 6 g/l
    BRUT Hasta 12 g/l
    EXTRA SECO Entre 12 y 17 g/l
    SECO Entre 17 y 32 g/l
    SEMI SECO Entre 32 y 50 g/l
    DULCE Más de 50 g/l

    Wines Inform Assessors, Barcelona

  6. Patrick Schmitt says:

    The top 10 are now featured in this list, with the extra five best-sellers being Canard-Duchêne, Lanson, Piper-Hiedsieck, Pommery and Taittinger.

  7. Chris says:

    Quantity and quality rarely make good bedfellows.

  8. Johan Tan says:

    I’m surprised that they didn’t include Louis Roederer in this list. But i guess they only picked the brands with more than 4 million bottles sold in 2015…

  9. Chris says:

    Yeah it’s an interesting list. Must have a price point feature or bottle caps. I would put in a big shout for Charles hiedsick,

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