Piper-Heidsieck Brut Champagne
Smoke and toasted brioche notes ride a lively bead in this well-cut Champagne, layered with pastry cream, poached apple, fresh ginger, honey and yellow plum flavors. Lightly creamy throughout, with a hint of fleur de sel on the finish. Drink now through 2020.
This is a bright style of Champagne that’s fresh and crisp. It has a strong citrus tang, with notes of green apple and attractive lemon zest. It is fit for an apéritif.
Nominally yeasty and lightly lemony in a pleasing if not exactly inspiring way, this wine gets its points and more positives than negatives for its generous mousse of finely formed bubbles and its austere, yeasty, chalky flavors and finish. It is one that wants to be paired with light foods or even a platter of bivalves in order to balance its edgy finish.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Light gold. Musky pear skin and pit fruit aromas are brightened by hints of buttered toast and anise. Smoky, expansive and rich, offering deep orchard fruit flavors and a touch of warmth. Closes with lingering toastiness and good sappy cling.
55% Pinot Noir, 30% Meunier and 15% Chardonnay, two years of ageing on the lees and 20% Reserve wines. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)