2002 Piper-Heidsieck "Cuvée Rare" Brut Champagne SKU #1110738

$149.99

JD 97 WS 97 DC 95
RP 95 W&S 94 WE 94
JS 93 ST 93
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K&L Notes

This is the top of the line wine from Piper-Heidsieck and may be the greatest tête-de-cuvée Champagne that you have not tried. It is composed of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir and vinified in stainless steel tanks with full malolactic. This is one of the last 2002s on the market, as most houses sell much younger Champagne even for the top of their range. This was a vintage of both great concentration and finesse, and the Rare shows this. It is a very finely balanced, elegant wine with great length. This wine is drinking great now, but judging by how well bottles from the 1980s taste, it will continue to improve for decades to come.

Staff Reviews

  • Elsa Baez
    By: Elsa Baez
    7/10/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    When thinking about what to write about for this review I could not think of full sentences that would captivate on what exactly makes this champagne so special. Rather, when I think about the 2002 Piper Heidsieck Cuvee Rare champagne I think: beautiful, luxurious, unique, structured and by far one of the best vintage champagnes I've tried this year. With notes of toasted brioche, ripe fruit, a hint of almond and balanced with subtle minerality, a good balance of weight at the mid-palate and undertones of a very light effervescence, this is a must try for any champagne lover. Even better, you can hold onto this bottle for another 15 years or so. I can guarantee you won't be able to and will be inclined to buy another just to age. This is also a fantastic pick for that special occasion you've been wanting to splurge on and celebrate. When you taste the champagne you'll get the sense that every part of this champagne is meant to be together. Age + fantastic champagne vintage, let alone the fruit of 17 crus used to make this bottle, is going to blow you away.
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    7/3/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    The incredible scores this Champagne has received are very well deserved. It strikes the perfect balance between fresh and bright and toasty, nutty brioche. The blend of Chardonnay to Pinot Noir is spot on and the stainless steel tank fermentation has kept it from becoming too soft. This is by far one of the better Champagnes I've had of this vintage and style and I hope I get another chance to try it before its gone.
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    7/3/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    This prestige cuvee from Piper Heidsieck is currently one of the best deals on the prestige Champagne market. It is one of the last still available from the lauded 2002 vintage, and is currently showing that vintage beautifully with an incredible, unctuous texture that only father time can bestow, and a rich flavor profile that is somehow fresh and complex at the same time, with flavors of baked peaches, toasted almonds, marzipan, honey and toasted brioche. The acidity is stellar and amplifies the flavors wonderfully.​
  • Rachel Vogel
    By: Rachel Vogel
    7/3/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    The romance of the Cuvee Rare starts at the beginning of its reign. The first vintage came from the hot '76 vintage where the winemakers made magic by being able to balance the ripe, opulent grapes to give us a generous but balanced wine. While the 2002 vintage is the first of the Cuvee Rare I have been able to get my hands on, the story holds true. The wine is lush with lees texture and ripeness of fruit. Although the lavish wine is filled with texture it is not stagnant or heavy. A crisp apple like acidity is there to balance the longevity of the beautiful palate.
  • Muriel Sarik
    By: Muriel Sarik
    7/3/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    This champagne is not only "Rare" it is unique. It has a smokiness on the nose that I have never experienced before in a champagne, which turns into a lingering toasty flavor in the mouth. There is also a lovely texture on the mid palette that sits on your tongue, with just enough weight to make you stop and take notice. 2002 is such a great vintage which makes this exceptionally Rare!
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    6/29/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    The wonderfully rich Cuvee Rare from Piper Heidsieck reminds me of the great tete de cuvee's of years gone past. Like those, it is made in tiny quantities and only in the very best years- only 8 vintages have been made in 36 years! We drank this wine at a staff sushi and Champagne party at my house, and loved it with the eel especially, but I think the ultimate pairing for this wine would be a nice sunset. It doesn't need anything! I love the warm toastiness of this wine and its fine balance. The refreshing finish will have you coming back for more!
    Drink to 2022
  • Kyle Kurani
    By: Kyle Kurani
    9/25/2013
    K&L Staff Member
    A glamorous wine inside and out. Don’t let the fancy gold bottle fool you; this is some seriously great Champagne, rich and opulent, with drive and finesse. I have had this bottle three times over the past year and have been impressed on all occasions. Aromas a ripe peach and candied apricot greet you on the nose, the palate is full and yeasty, layers of brioche and hazelnut. For those of us who love the rich and decadent style of Champagne, this fits the bill perfectly. Suitable for any occasion that I can think of, a wonderful bottle.

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