CHAMPAGNE RARE

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On 11th December 2017 (Mon), we enjoyed five vintages of Piper-Heidsieck’s ‘Rare’ Champagne, their prestige cuvée made in exceptional vintages.

The event’s oldest vintage – 1976 – provides our introduction as it marked the 1985 bi-centenary of the maison’s founding tale: in 1785 Florens-Louis Heidsieck presented Marie Antoinette with a bottle of his Champagne – a cuvée worthy of a queen. Apparently she liked it (perhaps with cake?). In 1885, to celebrate the first centennial, Pierre-Karl Fabergé designed a fab bottle of the maison’s Champagne encrusted with gold, diamonds and lapis lazuli. And, you guessed it, in 1985, Piper-Heidsieck launched ‘Rare’ with the release of the inaugural vintage – 1976. 


A little sleuthing on the interweb reveals that Piper-Heidsieck commissioned Van Cleef & Arpels to make a single gold and diamond-encased bottle of that 1976 Rare, with a mid-‘80s insurance value of USD $100,000. That piece unique was on a thirteen-city promotional tour of the United States when, in February 1987, it was stolen at its last stop. Was it ever recovered? I don’t know. I’ll see what I can find out…


Four bottles of the 1976 Rare from Piper-Heidsieck’s reserves eventually received all the sign-offs necessary to feature in our Hong Kong dinner. And wow, what a wine it was! I would say the best 1976 Champagne I have yet had the pleasure to experience. 
 
Happily, too, the packaging is a world away from the more sober and serious labels we see on top-tier Champagne. Available gift-boxed, these are perfect end of year gifts.

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Vintage Wine Bottle Size Unit of sale Qty of unit Qty of btl Btl price (HKD) Score Location
1976 Piper Heidsieck - Rare 750 BOTTLE 1 1 6,000 - HK-P
2002 Piper Heidsieck - Rare 750 BOTTLE 211 211 1,180 WA95 HK
2002 Piper Heidsieck - Rare 750 OC1 239 239 1,280 WA95 HK
2002 Piper Heidsieck - Rare 750 BOTTLE 6 6 1,180 WA95 SHOP
2007 Piper Heidsieck - Rare Rose 750 OC1 28 28 2,880 WA96 HK
1976 Piper Heidsieck - Rare
750 ml BOTTLE HK-P HKD 6,000 / BTL 1 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
1
Qty of btl
1
Btl price (HKD)
6,000
Score
-
Location
HK-P
2002 Piper Heidsieck - Rare
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 1,180 / BTL 211 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
211
Qty of btl
211
Btl price (HKD)
1,180
Score
WA95
Location
HK
2002 Piper Heidsieck - Rare
750 ml OC1 HK HKD 1,280 / BTL 239 case available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
239
Qty of btl
239
Btl price (HKD)
1,280
Score
WA95
Location
HK
2002 Piper Heidsieck - Rare
750 ml BOTTLE SHOP HKD 1,180 / BTL 6 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
6
Qty of btl
6
Btl price (HKD)
1,180
Score
WA95
Location
SHOP
2007 Piper Heidsieck - Rare Rose
750 ml OC1 HK HKD 2,880 / BTL 28 case available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
28
Qty of btl
28
Btl price (HKD)
2,880
Score
WA96
Location
HK
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