(55% pinot noir, 25% chardonnay and 20% pinot meunier; L122807 3764): Light yellow. Aromas of white peach and melon, with subtle floral and ginger qualities in the background. Fruity and round, offering citrus-accented pit and tropical fruit flavors and a warm quality on the back half. Finishes smooth, with a lingering suggestion of ginger and good cling.
Bright gold. Spicy apple and citrus zest aromas complicated by a hint of white pepper. Tightly wound and a bit rigid, offering dry lemon and orchard fruit flavors and a late note of brown butter. Finishes on a tart citrus note, with firm grip.
Pale color. Very fresh aromas of lemon, chalk and nuts. Lively and fresh, with lemon and mineral notes. Light on its feet but slightly skinny, with a tart citric edge. Compared to last year's bottle, this is a bit undernourished and green. Also tasted: NV Extra Dry.
By Hicks12637417, February 16, 2008
I was introduced to Piper's by my-then-girlfriend,
now-ex-wife on New Year's Eve, 1977. It has been my preferred "special occasion" libation ever since.
My special occasions being virtually any meaningful
event; from a wedding to a warm special moment
with a "haven't seen ya in a while" friend. There's
always a chilled, unopened bottle in my refrigerator for such times. For my palette, Dom and Cristal
really have nothing on Piper's, and from a value
perspective, can't compare.
Great substitute for Dom Perignon
By burghart11265856, February 14, 2005
My friend and I tried this the other Saturday night, this stuff is great, very close similarities to Dom Perignon, nice underlying apple tone to it, very complex. This champagne is VERY bubbly; beautiful. By the way, Cristal is garbage, except for their 1995 Rose, don't waste your money.
Incredible value in a NV Champagne
By vegastar, July 26, 2001
I agree completely with Stephen's take on the Piper-Heidsieck NV Brut. This is and for some years has been our "house Champagne" (if there can be any such a thing unless you have a lot more money than we have ...). The current version is actually quite a deep and attractive gold, which hints at the toasty leesiness and depth of flavour that await the taste buds. It has complexity and length, with a full and round mouth-feel that is so seldom found in brut sparkling wines. In Toronto this Champagne has been available forever at Cdn $39.90 (US $26), and recently has gone on sale at Cdn $14.95 (~ US $10) per half bottle. It is a great value that has the quality of many of the best vintage Champagnes that cost much more.
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