Piper-Heidsieck Essentiel Blanc de Noirs


An unconventional expression of Blanc de Noirs. The Essentiel collection comprises champagnes whose complexity and profile meet the strict demands of fine cuisine and the most exacting of wine enthusiasts to extend the ageing period and use Extra-Brut dosage are the intended consequences. Essentiel Blanc de Noirs unites the Pinot Noir, the House’s historic cépage, with the Meunier in a delicate blend. The diversity of the terroirs from which the 10 selected crus come, elevates the complexity of the black grape varieties into a fruity and elegant Champagne.

Tasting Notes

Piper-Heidsieck Essentiel Blanc de Noirs boasts a bright, precise and crisp profile. Its nose delivers fruity notes of apricot, raspberry and blueberry. The palate also reveals aromas of clementines, a few touches of almonds and honey with a mineral finish.

"The blend of Pinot Noir and Meunier gives Essentiel Blanc de Noirs a delicate explosion of fruits in a wine that combines gourmet with freshness."
- Emilien Boutillat, Chief Winemaker

Ideal with dishes combining surf and turf. Also elevates both fish and charcuterie.

Finger Food: Fresh goat's cheese mousse and black radish toast
Gourmet Recommendations: Filet of sea bass with citrus fruits, vegetables with Espelette pepper, creamy squid ink sauce
Additional Inspirations: Corsican charcuterie platter with pickles; Green and white asparagus, organic egg yolk, citrus emulsion; Sweet spiced strawberry and raspberry soup

Pressing: Slow and qualitative close to the vineyards, separation of juices
Settling: Static clarification of juices
Alcoholic fermentation: 100% thermo-regulated stainless steel vats, use of selected yeasts
Malolactic fermentation: Largely predominant, this is decided on a case by case basis by the Chief Winemaker
Reserve wines: Collection of more than 150 wines aged on fine lees, cru by cru
Sustainable oenology: Limited use of oenological treatments (including sulfites) Ageing on lees: Minimum of 36 months
Ageing after disgorgement: Minimum of 6 months

House Vineyards
Terroir: 10 crus from the Montagne de Reims, the Marne Valley and the Côte des Bar
Wine typicality: 100% of plots VDC-certified (Sustainable Viticulture in Champagne)
Certifications: Sustainable Viticulture in Champagne and High Environmental Value level 3
Soil maintenance: Mechanically weeded under rows with natural grass between vineyard rows. Zero herbicide
Biodiversity: Hedges of native species, beehives close to the vineyards, flowered fallow fields

Partners Winegrowers
Long-standing partnerships with winegrowers throughout Champagne (more than 240 partners)

Grape Varieties: 80% Pinot Noir, 20% Meunier
Malolactic fermentation: 100% complete
Dosage: Extra-Brut (5g/L)
Alcohol content: 12% vol
Cellaring Temperature: 5 years or more

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    James Suckling, July 2023

    "This is a new cuvee from Piper-Heidsieck showing aromas of blackberries, black berries, rose hips and lavender, with citrus peel freshness. Deliciously fruity while remaining fresh and tight, with a medium body, bright acidity and fine bubbles. Dry. 80% pinot noir and 20% meunier. 5g/L dosage. Drink now."

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    Wine Spectator, November 2023

    "A well-knit version, with a fine, plush texture and lemony acidity layered with flavors of crushed black currant, chopped almond, preserved lemon and toast point. Long and elegant on the fresh finish. Pinot Noir and Meunier. Disgorged March 2023. Drink now through 2028."

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