Piper-Heidsieck Cuvée Essentiel embodies the essence of Champagne excellence, showcasing what makes it truly special. This exceptional cuvée is crafted with a meticulous blend of carefully selected grapes, with a priority on Pinot Noir to add complexity and depth, with smaller percentages of Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay in the blend. The grapes are selected from only the best sites making it a (large) step above the regular Piper Hiedsieck label. What sets Essentiel apart is its low dosage, allowing the natural purity and freshness of the grapes to shine through. This results in a Champagne of remarkable precision complexity, richness and depth. It is by far my favourite Champagne in their range.
Piper-Hiedsieck masterfully marries tradition with innovation, creating a Champagne house that is both rooted in heritage and at the forefront of modern winemaking. With a legacy dating back to 1785, their commitment to time-honoured techniques and craftsmanship remains unwavering. They have been market leaders for generations and under their current owner they have become the first Champagne house to be B Corp certified. The certification reflects their dedication to transparency, accountability, and ethical business practices.
The head winemaker, Emilien Boutillat, or Chef de Cave as they say in Champagne was awarded the 2023 IWC Sparkling Winemaker of the Year, which he also won in 2021. The proof is in the pudding!