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Piper-Heidsieck Duo: Sauvage & Hors Serie 1982

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    Piper-Heidsieck's roots trace back to Florens-Louis Heidsieck, who created the original company of Heidsieck & Co. Christian Heidsieck joined the venture alongside Guillaume Piper and once Florens-Louis died in 1828, the duo decided to continue the adventure side by side, founding Champagne Piper-Heidsieck.

    Émilien Boutillat offers a reflection on time with Brut Sauvage 1982 and Hors-Série 1982, presented in the Diptyque 1982 gift box, numbered, and released in a limited edition of 500 boxes. Offering more than a mere flashback, the Chief Winemaker proposes a particularly unique tasting: Émilien Boutillat shares a real reflection on time in his pairing of the two cuvées in one box. A dialogue between two facets of one vintage, of one blend, of one philosophy, revisiting bygone times, each with its own vision.

    The results of the 1982 harvest are considered amongst the most exceptional ever witnessed in the history of Champagne. The grapes grew under steady weather conditions. The results were irreproachable and the harvest abundant! The grapes, all varieties included, were in excellent condition and stood out for their nesse, equilibrium and grandeur, hallmarks of a great year in Champagne. 

    The fruit of the same vintage, the same blend and dosage, Brut Sauvage 1982 and Hors-Série 1982 each boast a distinctive character, a result of their different ageing processes. There are two ways for a champagne to age: on lees or in a corked bottle following disgorgement. Disgorged in 1992, Brut Sauvage 1982 was cellared on lees for 10 years and cork-aged for 29 years. Hors-Série 1982 spent 39 years on lees before being disgorged in 2022. Tasting the two together offers a truly unique experience as these two cuvées showcase a new perspective on time, revealing different phenomenal sensations and precise generous aromas on the nose and the palate. 

    Hors-Serie 1982 Tasting Note: With a pale golden robe, Hors-Série 1982 being recently disgorged present quite young, luscious notes of mirabelle plums, kumquats, dried pineapple, and fresh quince, with a touch of ginger and earl grey tea. Smoky accents of coffee beans and toast balance out the wine’s minerality.

    Brut Sauvage 1982 Tasting Note: Harbouring a golden robe and glints of copper, Brut Sauvage 1982 presents a clean, fresh structure and long finish. Initial accents of candied fruits, pastry notes of brioche and frangipane and a touch of vanilla and nutmeg pave the way to warm harmonies of chestnut honey, aged rum and Espelette pepper.

    The 1982 vintage was one of the first I discovered as Chief Winemaker in 2018. I chose it for the Hors-Série collection after having tasted it both with its dosage of the time and while still on racks. In both cases, it was sublime, a magnificent expression of the Piper-Heidsieck style. For this second edition of the Hors-Série collection, I wanted to demonstrate the way in which different ageing styles can enhance a vintage’s character — what passing time can bring to a wine — by contrasting Hors-Série 1982 with Brut Sauvage 1982.

    I wanted to demonstrate their different ways of ageing by pairing two expressions of the 1982 vintage in one box. Forty years later and their elegance is still magnificent, yet different! - Emilien Boutillat, Piper-Heidsieck’s Chief Winemaker

    The Finer Details
    Style - Champagne
    Varietal - Pinot Noir 60%, Chardonnay 40%
    Country - France
    Region - Champagne
    Vintage - 1982
    Bottle Size - 2 x 750ml
    ABV - 12%