2002 Piper-Heidsieck "Cuvee Rare" Brut Champagne.
Rich and smoky, this maintains a sense of finesse thanks to the finely detailed texture and skillfully meshed acidity framing layers of poached pear, toasted hazelnut and brioche, graphite, white cherry purée and kumquat. Offers a lasting finish of smoky minerality and a hint of crystallized honey. Drink now through 2030
94 points Wine Enthusiast *Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2012*
This is top Champagne from Piper-Heidsieck, offering the delicious airy quality that’s the hallmark of this house, with crisp apple flavor, tangy acidity and the first signs of yeasty, toasty bottle age. It´s fruit intensity has transformed into a splendid selection. It’s worth aging for a few more years, though also delicious now.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (mostly chardonnay, with some pinot noir L136050): Light, bright gold. An intensely perfumed bouquet evokes candied orange, pear and ginger, with building floral and spice nuances. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering an array of citrus and floral flavors that become richer with air. A hint of nuttiness arrives on the finish, which is spicy, focused and very long. This Champagne seems set for a long life.