Rare Millésime Brut

Champagne

The Rare Millésime 2008 has been crowned the "Best Champagne of the World" by the BEST WINE OF THE WORLD COMPETITION 2021.  It has also received 97 Points from WINE SPECTATOR and was a trophy winner at the INTERNATIONAL WINE CHALLENGE.  Enjoy now or can age until 2050 and beyond.

Tasting Notes

TO THE EYE: LIGHT GOLD
In a subtle, joyful effervescence, the intense crystalline golden robe evokes yellow diamonds.

ON THE NOSE: INFINITELY FLORAL AND MINERAL
The initial nose shines by the pure vivacity of this vintage. As Rare Millésime 2008 gradually warms in the glass, a vast range of orange blossom, hyacinth and white flowers is released. This leads to the delicacy of vanilla blossoms, a touch of fresh coconut, aromas of just ripe Williams pear and fresh almond, enhanced by notes of tangerine and blackcurrant buds. The second nose reveals the saline minerality, abundant and refined, an iodine-smoky harmony and a touch of liquorice.

ON THE PALATE: SPRINGLIKE AND PRECISE
On the palate the crispy, precise attack is followed by exuberant aromas of fresh pineapple, freshly cut and crisp, passion fruit, kiwi and coconut, nuanced with tangy citrus notes. These combine with plush spring-like flavours with unparalleled length. The finish, with remarkable saline and iodine notes, perpetuates the journey into an endless spring.

  • Oysters with ginger and lemon
  • Grilled sole with mint sabayon and preserved sweet peppers
  • Milk chocolate with mango and passion fruit

WEATHER: UNPREDICTABLE Following a beginning of a year that was mild, dull and rainy, the beautiful summer coincided with a perfectly mature harvest, continuing through the first two magnificent weeks of September. 2008 is definitely an exceptional year in Champagne.

  • 70% Chardonnay
  • 30% Pinot Noir

The Rare Millésime 2006 won a Gold medal from Decanter and a Grand Gold medal from Mundus Vini.  It was also a trophy winner at the International Wine Challenge, scoring 97 Points and a gold medal.

Tasting Notes

TO THE EYE: IRIDESCENT GREEN GOLD
Bearing witness to a sun-filled year, Rare Millésime 2006 glows with an iridescent yellow-green gold. Delicate, dynamic bubbles glisten in this flaxen brilliance.

ON THE NOSE: TROPICAL AND DISTINGUISHED
Rare Millésime 2006 first offers a generous honeyed and oriental nose. The fragrances of crisp mango, cocoa, coffee, tropical fruits, lend the vintage a sophisticated vitality. The scent of jasmine tea paves the way for a gradually emerging minerality. Aromas of dried apricot and pink peony foreshadow a slightly vegetal structure, where vanilla, yellow kiwi and Oriental spices bloom.

ON THE PALATE: INFINITELY RICH AND INVITING
In the exceptionally long finish hints of mocha and cocoa confirm the fine Rare Millésime 2006 minerality. Dried apricots, sweet spices, citron lime, accents of crisp honeyed pastries and Espelette pepper envelop the palate with an Oriental and smoky warmth. Testifying to its solar generosity, this depth underscores the wineʼs taut freshness and foreshadows a magnificent longevity.

  • Green asparagus with warm potato espuma
  • Grenadine of veal with langoustines

WEATHER: CONTRASTING Following a cold winter with abundant snowfall succeeded by spring thunderstorms, and a hot summer, in August, the temperatures cooled and heavy rains threatened the grapes' maturity. In September, the heat thankfully came back to encourage the harvest.

  • 70% Chardonnay
  • 30% Pinot Noir

  • 17.5

    points

    Jancis Robinson, February 2021

    "70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir from 11 crus (including Villers-Marmery, Vertus, Montgueux for Chardonnay and Aÿ, Verzy and Ambonnay for Pinot Noir). No oak. Full malo. Régis Camus left this blend on lees for 10 years and then aged it for a year after disgorgement in November 2019 with a dosage of 10 g/l. Interesting how difficult it is for this wine to shed its relationship with Piper-Heidsieck on search engines.Brilliant pale coppery colour. Mmmm! So concentrated and heady with a huge array of aromas including, amazingly, coconut – but not in a tarty way. Masses of tense lime fruit aromas. Very dense nose. Lifted and refreshing and this seems much more youthful than12 years old. It does rather remind me of Dom Pérignon with its concentration and density but I don't suppose that comment will necessarily be welcome with the winemaker. It's just so electric in texture. Truly an exciting, luxurious champagne."

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  • 93+

    points

    Wine Advocate, September 2020

    "The newly released 2008 Brut Cuvée Rare is very promising, unwinding in the glass with a youthfully reserved nose of citrus oil, crisp green apple, freshly baked bread, iodine and oyster shell, as well as some rather herbaceous characteristics that depress my score a little, even if I suspect that they will resolve with a bit more bottle age. Medium to full-bodied, incisive and tightly wound, if the 2006 vintage was gourmand and demonstrative, the 2008 is slower to show all its cards. Built around racy acids and complemented by a pillowy mousse, this rendition of Cuvée Rare will reward a few years more on cork."

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  • 96

    points

    Wine Enthusiast, December 2020

    "Editor's Choice."

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  • 97

    points

    Wine Spectator, September 2020

    "Like a stallion out of the gate, this shows an initial explosion of power, in the form of mouthwatering flavors and fine texture, before quickly settling into an elegant gait. The racy acidity is seamlessly knit, buoying the lacy mousse and flavors of cassis, toasted brioche and tangerine, with accents of candied ginger, hazelnut and fleur de sel lingering on the long, creamy finish. Drink now through 2035. 2,000 cases imported."

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  • 94

    points

    Wine Advocate, August 2019

    "The 2006 Brut Cuvée Rare is a rich, gourmand rendition of this prestige bottling, unfurling in the glass with a complex bouquet that mingles aromas of yellow orchard fruit, pears and fresh pineapple with nuances of buttered toast, iodine and smoke. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, broad and textural, while remaining fresh and surprisingly tight-knit at the core, concluding with a long and saline finish. There's sufficient structural tension here to promise more than a decade's graceful evolution, and although this is nicely balanced, it's a generous, sun kissed rendition of the Cuvée Rare that reflects the warm vintage. The blend is 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir."

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  • 95

    points

    Wine Enthusiast, December 2019

    "Piper-Heidsieck's luxury cuvée with its beautifully decorated bottle is a well-matured blend of mainly Chardonnay with some Pinot Noir. Great drive and energy comes from the ripe fruit with its hints of almonds and toast. Drink this wine now."

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  • 96

    points

    Wine Spectator, December 2019

    "Aromas and flavors of toasted brioche and grilled nut enrich the yellow plum, nectarine and grated ginger notes of this rich and creamy Champagne. Finely woven and beautifully integrated, with a firm backbone of mouthwatering acidity providing precise balance for the lush range of flavor. Drink now through 2029. 14,000 cases made, 1,800 cases imported."

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TRADE & MEDIA ASSETS /////////////////

2008 Rare Millésime – Tasting Note

2008 Rare Millésime – Bottle Shot

Rare Champagne – Awards & Medals

Rare 2006 Brut – Drinks Business

Rare 2006 Brut & 2008 Brut Rose – Wine Enthusiast

Rare 2006 Brut & 2008 Brut Rose – Medals & Trophies

2006 Rare Millésime Brut – Tasting Note

2006 Rare Millésime Brut – Bottle Shot