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Date Printed: 5/23/2015
Piper-Heidsieck Brut Vintage 2000
Piper-Heidsieck Brut Vintage 2000
(search item no. 96510)
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 5/23/2015: $63.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A luminous, bronze-like robe, covered in iridescent reflections and revealing an exuberant effervescence. The nose offers a generous impression of fresh pastry and coconut followed by fern and licorice. The brilliant demonstration of this wine's sophistication arrives with hints of blond tobacco, dried fruits adn ginger. The palate reveals sensations of butter, acacia honey and white tea; these are followed by a spicy combination of henna, incense and sandalwood.

Pair with chicken poached in buttermilk with baby carrots, scallops with chanterelles and bouillabaisse.

93 Points

"An opulent, energetic bubbly, this has a concentrated essence of vanilla, honey, apricot and citrus notes, with a long finish. The firm structure offsets its richness. A compelling 2000."
Wine Spectator

90 Points

"Bright yellow. Leesy orchard fruit and tangerine aromas are brightened by zesty minerality and a kiss of pungent white flowers. Deep and powerfully concentrated, offering ripe pear and peach flavors along with exotic baking spices. Finishes creamy and long, echoing the smoky lees quality. This shows very good depth and strength."
International Wine Cellar

88 Points

" Best Champagne to Celebrate a Birthday . It's the big one, huh? Well, remember that having a birthday is better than the alternative, so drink up and celebrate. To make it special, choose a vintage like Piper-Heidsieck Brut Vintage 2000, and let the good times roll. Awarded 93 points by Wine Spectator, this champagne's flavor is as full and robust as your life."

My Notes:

About Piper-Heidsieck:

The 'Piper' style plays on a register of freshness, vivacity and fruitiness. Piper-Heidsieck wines are joyful, youthful champagnes, with aromas of citrus and pip fruits contributing to their sense of liveliness. Consumers are pleasantly surprised when they taste these wines for the first time. If they were to be defined as a fragrance, they would be described as belonging to the Floral-Fruity-Fresh perfume family. These are wines that ring true, with great appeal yet good, clear-cut structure. The Cuvée Brut blend is made of around fifty crus, with not one jarring note allowed, since the final flavor should be one of simplicity and pleasure. Pinot Noir grapes from the Montagne de Reims and Côte des Bars areas add strength to the structure while Chardonnays from the Côte des Blancs and the Sézannais vineyards provide floral nuances following on to an exciting freshness. Finally, Pinot Meunier from the Vallée de la Marne and the Massif Saint-Thierry areas adds a touch of refreshing fruit. Although it is certainly true that Piper-Heidsieck wines have a strong personality, their harmony is all in subtlety. Cuvée Brut and other more complex champagnes such as Brut Divin, Cuvée Sublime and Cuvée Rare reveal Piper-Heidsieck's different shades of style.