JOHN GILMAN 95 POINTS-"I reported on the 2002 Piper-Heidsieck Rare a year ago  and time does not seem to have
touched it at all over the last twelve months, for if anything, this particular bottle seemed even
younger than last year’s! The wine beautifully synthesizes the ripe fruit of ’02 with great
structural integrity and seems likely to drink at its peak for at least another twenty years. The
bouquet is a pure, complex blend of apple, white peach, a touch of leesiness, a great base of soil,
fresh-baked bread, a touch of citrus peel and an overtly smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is
deep, full-bodied, crisp and superbly detailed, with a fine core of fruit, elegant mousse, bright
acids and excellent backend mineral drive on the long, vibrant and very classy finish. 2016-
WINE SPECTATOR 97 POINTS - "A powerhouse, with verve to the finely cut, racy acidity, showing
a sense of finesse and seamless integration of the firm frame. The
silky texture carries layer upon layer of toasted brioche, currant
and pear pâte de fruit flavors, with notes of grated ginger and
coconut, cappuccino foam and spun honey. Mineral accents of
smoke, ground spice and fleur de sel build on the long, echoing
finish. Drink now through 2032."
For the seventh consecutive year Chef de Cave Regis Camus of Piper-Heidsieck has walked away with the prestigious International Wine Challenge’s Sparkling Winemaker of the Year Award. It seems only fitting that Champagne’s most awarded Winemaker would be the mind behind this year’s top Champagne release. Since joining Piper-Heidsieck in 1994, Camus has shepherded the house to great acclaim thanks to his expert blending skills, attention to detail and passion for quality. Over the years we have developed an acute suspicion of ornately packaged wines (and boy is this tête de cuvée ever dressed to the nines); however, this is definitely one of those rare instances where the Champagne is as lustrous as its gilded label. As the notes below attest, this Piper Rare ranks with the best of the best from the great Champagne class of 2002. It goes without saying that this handsomely adorned treasure would make a most impressive executive gift.