Piper-Heidsieck Rosé Sauvage Champagne

SKU #1042345 92 points Wine Spectator

 Hints of roasted hazelnut and toasted brioche add richness to this refined and creamy rosé, partnered with juicy acidity and layers fruit-forward black currant, dried strawberry, licorice and smoke. Spiced finish. Drink now through 2018.  (11/ 2013)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (roughly 60% pinot noir, 25% pinot meunier and 15% chardonnay; L122738): Dark pink. Ripe cherry and dark berries on the deeply perfumed nose, with rose oil and orange pith notes adding complexity. Plush, open-knit raspberry and bitter cherry flavors are braced by tangy acidity and pick up a peppery nuance with air. Shows good energy as well as heft and finishes spicy and long, with a lingering floral quality and an echo of red berries.  (12/ 2013)

Connoisseurs Guide

 The darkest of the Rosés under review this month and one that goes to limits in terms of its near red-wine vinosity, this one may be bubbled, but in all other ways it recalls light Pinot Noir, and its autolyzed influences are modest. Although its ample acidity boosts the drying effects of its back-palate tannins, it buffers its astringency with plenty of fruit and needs only the right setting to shine. Tag it as one to avoid for solo sipping and save it for the dinner table.  (12/ 2013)

Wine & Spirits

 More sparkling red than rosé, this blend is predominantly red grapes. It gains the deep color from an addition of still pinot noir (20 percent). The pungent scents of red fruit and rhubarb gain substantial cut from the acidity. An idiosyncratic rosé for the dark meat of birds such as roast duck or turkey.  (12/ 2008)

Wine Enthusiast

 With its vivid pink color, this wine has a strawberry flavor, and it is sweeter-tasting than in past vintages. It feels soft and textured, with layers of raspberry-driven acidity. The aftertaste has some bitterness.  (12/ 2012)

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