These are wines with a touch of spring, bursting with aromas of white flowers and fruits on the tree, a palette of notes ranging from hawthorn to apple.
Florens-Louis Heidsieck was the son of a Lutheran minister from Westphalia. He moved to Reims to work as a cloth merchant, and discovered winemaking there. He started making his own wine in 1780, and while he was neither a viticulturist nor a native of Reims, he displayed talent and worked hard at his new-found profession. He founded his own House on 16 July 1785. He had already become an expert in his art, and even dedicated one of his wines to Queen Marie-Antoinette. Moreover, he was granted the honour of presenting it to Her Majesty in person.
Piper was exceptionally gifted in business and as an entrepreneur of his time, he travelled the world promoting Heidsieck champagne. Fourteen royal and imperial courts made the House their official supplier, and quite soon, "Heidsieck from Piper" was the only champagne which true aficionados would drink. And thus the wine with quality standards rigorously defined by Florens-Louis Heidsieck himself very quickly became known as "Piper-Heidsieck".Over the centuries, a relationship based on trust and proximity has been developed between Piper-Heidsieck and the grapegrowers from around 180 villages, some of whom have supplied grapes to the House for several generations
Piper-Heidsieck boasts one of the largest selection of crus, which represents all the nuances of the Champagne terroir and includes both Grands Crus and Premiers Crus, a guarantee of the quality of the brand's different cuv?es.
Vinification has always been the perfect illustration of Piper-Heidsieck's know-how. Each cru and grape variety is vinified separately. This demanding method respects the various personalities of the Champagne grapes and crus and enables the complexity of the terroir to be fully expressed while ensuring that the blends for the different wines can be carefully elaborated and adjusted.
Everything depends on the art of blending, where human input is of paramount importance. The man in the shadows, the man of magic, is R?gis Camus, Piper-Heidsieck's winemaker.
The winemaker must find the perfect balance between aromas and flavours to recreate the Piper-Heidsieck style. With discreet touches and nuances, the wine thus takes form. Pinot Noir provides strength and structure, which together with the elegance and freshness of Chardonnay, lend Piper-Heidsieck cuv?es their distinctive style, a characteristic of the great Champagne Houses.