PIPER-HEIDSIECK is a Champagne house from the Champagne region of France. Founded by Florens-Louis Heidsieck on July 16, 1785 in Reims, the Heidsieck name was combined with the Piper name in October 1839. In the late 1980s, PIPER-HEIDSIECK became part of the Rémy Cointreau wine and spirits group, and was sold in 2011 to EPI (Européenne de Participation Industrielle), a privately owned holding company of French luxury brands.
|Appellation||Champagne (wine region)|
|Known for||Rare (prestige)
|Varietals||Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier|
PIPER-HEIDSIECK currently produces different champagnes, all produced using a non-malolactic, low-dosage method:
- Cuvée Brut (non-vintage) (Composition: 55% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Meunier.)
- Rosé Sauvage (non-vintage) (Composition: 45% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Meunier.)
- Cuvée Sublime (non-vintage) A demi-sec champagne. (Composition: 55% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Meunier.)
- Brut (Vintage 2006) (vintage) A special release from a year considered exceptional by PIPER-HEIDSIECK.(Composition: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay.)
- Cuvée Rare (vintage 2002) (Composition: 30% Pinot Noir, 70% Chardonnay.)
Owning no vineyards of their own, PIPER-HEIDSIECK sources grapes from 60 vineyards in the Champagne region for use in their wines. PIPER-HEIDSIECK currently produces around five million bottles of champagne a year.
After founder Henri-Louis Heidsieck died in 1828, the business was taken over by his nephew, Christian Heidsieck, and his cousin Henri-Guillaume Piper. These combined to form the PIPER-HEIDSIECK house after Henri Piper married the widow of Christian Heidsieck in 1838.
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- "Rémy Cointreau cède Piper et Charles Heidsieck à EPI". WineAlley.com. 14 June 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2011.