One of the oldest maisons in Champagne has released its first-ever prestige cuvée rosé. Piper-Heidsieck, founded in 1785, unveiled its Rare Rosé Millésime 2007 which has been created by long-standing cellar master Régis Camus.
'The year 2007 was perfectly atypical, producing the first vintage cuvée Rare Rosé,' said Camus. 'We spent several years reflecting on the selection of grape varieties that would be best suited to the rosé version of our prestige cuvée.'
The rosé is a blend of 56% Chardonnay, mainly from the Montagne de Reims, and 44% Pinot Noir, with grapes being selected from 17 crus. It was made by adding around 15% of red wine to the blend and aged for eight years in the cellar.
The resulting champagne has a dark pink/orange colour and shows aromas of red berrries and cherry, with a fragrant herbal note and spice. There's a biscuity toastiness to the palate, which also has flavours of pomegranate and exotic fruit, with a notably smooth, silly texture.
The bottles are decorated with striking rose-gold coloured fret work and individually numbered, with only 150 available in the UK.
The house also announced that it will be releasing its Brut Vintage 2008 and Essentiel Cuvée Brut in spring 2017.
£325 RRP, William Grant & Sons, 01256 748100