2008 Piper Heidsieck, Rare Champagne Rose, 3x750ml
2008 Piper Heidsieck, Rare Champagne Rose, 3x750ml
2008 Piper Heidsieck, Rare Champagne Rose, 3x750ml
2008 Piper Heidsieck, Rare Champagne Rose, 3x750ml

2008 Piper Heidsieck, Rare Champagne Rose, 3x750ml

Platinum - Best in Show, 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards
Rose Champagne Trophy - 2020 International Wine Challenge

Vegan / Vegetarian

Bold and sensual, Rare Rosé's minerality pays tribute to the pure fresh style of Rare Champagne. An exotic blend of lychee, pink grapefruit, sweet spice alongside redcurrant, almond and floral notes.

Availability: 1-2 weeks

Case size: 3 / Bottle size: 750ml

Duty Status
From £540.00

Critics Score: 98+

Publication: Jeb Dunnuck

Drinking Dates: 2023-2043

The 2008 Champagne Rare Rosé is straight-up sensational. Only the second time they’ve produced this cuvée, it offers a deep, full-bodied, powerful yet chiseled and laser-focused style carrying loads of wild strawberry fruit as well as notes of orange blossom, spice, and crushed rocks. Backward, austere, yet simply loaded with potential, it needs a solid 4-5 years of bottle age and will drink brilliantly for two decades or more.
2008 Piper Heidsieck, Rare Rose, 3x750ml

Made only eleven times since 1976 (1976, 1979, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008), Rare Champagne lives up to its name. Champagne legend Régis Camus is the Chef de Cave, whose meticulous winemaking has made him Sparkling Winemaker of the Year at the IWC eight times. The wine is born out of a struggle with nature – in 1976 it was after a period of exceptional drought, in 1985 following a terrible black frost. Rare Champagne pays homage to the glory days of Versailles when founder Florens-Louis Heidsieck presented his first ever ‘prestige cuvée’ to Marie Antoinette in 1785, declaring that he wanted to make a ‘cuvée worthy of a queen’.

As the guardian of the Rare Champagne style, Régis Camus selects the vineyards according to their expression rather than their rank in the scale of Premiers and Grand Crus. This blending approach contributes to the complex, distinguished, and yet pure style of Rare Champagne. He thinks outside the box, choosing Chardonnay grapes from the Montagne de Reims, traditionally more recognised for Pinot Noir, giving the wine freshness and precise minerality. He prefers the Pinot Noir grapes from the Montagne de Reims as well (for instance Verzy or Aÿ) for their sheer intensity and powerful silky texture.

The first fermentation took place in stainless-steel tanks. Once completed, the wine was racked and underwent full malolactic fermentation. Rare Rosé 2008 marries 70% Chardonnay grapes, selected mainly from the Montagne de Reims region and 30% Pinot Noir (some as red wine) in a blend of eight crus. The wine was kept on its lees for 9 years before disgorgement, when a dosage of around 8.5g/l was added.
A thrilling vintage in Champagne. June and July were very cool before favourable weather returned in August. Warm, dry days and cool nights continued through to harvest in mid-September, resulting in Champagnes with great finesse and ageing potential.