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NV Piper Heidsieck Champagne & Sparkling Wine "Rosé Sauvage Brut" (10/08)

Winery: Piper Heidsieck

Vintage: NV

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Rosé Sauvage Brut" (10/08)

Wine Category: Champagne & Sparkling Wine

Grape blend: 55% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot Meunier, & 15% Chardonnay

Region: Champagne

State or country: France

Price: $50

Cases produced: unknown

KWG Score: 90.6 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89.99-87)

Review date: October 26, 2008

Wine Review: This rose colored Champagne from Piper Heidsieck opens with a light strawberry like bouquet. On the palate, this light bodied wine is nicely balanced, smooth, and elegant with dried cherry flavors and a hint of minerality. The finish is dry and refreshing, but subtle. They would pair it with broiled salmon or sushi. Enjoy - KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: The attack is fresh, hinting at vivacity and passion which are characteristics of Piper-Heidsieck style. Strong aromas come to the fore, with red fruits, particularly Morello cherries, dominating. This leads to notes of citrus fruits, mandarin, and blood orange. The final impression introduces a hint of cinnamon. A spirited, lively, full wine. The rosé expresses the slight acidity of red fruit, then mellows and lingers with hints of strawberry, plum, blood orange and a welcome sensation of warmth. The final finish is warm and enthusiastic.

Organic status: not organic

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Piper Heidsieck NV Rose Sauvage Brut.

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