STORY BEHIND THIS WINE
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. In recent years, it has been the Champagne served at the Oscars.
The Cuvée Brut is the house’s benchmark wine, made from a blend of the three Champagne grapes, with 10-20% reserve wines, and aged for three years on the lees in the chalk cellars deep beneath Reims. It is elegant and balanced, punching well above its weight and representing astonishing quality and class. The Rosé Sauvage is a boldly gastronomic wine, made with an unusually large proportion of red wines (20-25% depending on the vintage base) giving it impressive structure and intensity. It eschews the trend for water-pale rosé and delivers plenty of concentration and personality.