A heat wave, like one never seen before, struck France in the summer of 1976, desiccating the vineyards and reminding mankind of its defencelessness against the whims of Nature. Oenologists, cellar masters and winemakers were at their wits end. Could it be possible to produce a cuvée worthy of the Maison PIPER-HEIDSIECK under such conditions? The Maison refused to bow to the Fates : after all, such an extraordinary event could produce an extraordinary cuvée. Thanks to their expertise and creativity, several men skilled in the art of winemaking transcended the disaster and tamed the unbridled natural forces that year to produce a cuvee of exquisite purity.
It is known as “Rare”, in tribute to the events behind its creation. Since then, the Rare years where Nature unleashes its forces, a new cuvee is born, each different from the next but always exceptional. Only eight years have produced vintage wines: 1976, 1979, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1998, 1999 and 2002.
Champion’s Trophy – IWC 2018
Champion’s Trophy – IWC 2017
Best in Show – Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2017
Gold – IWSC 2016
Platinum – Decanter World Wine Challenge 2016
97/100 – Wine Spectator 2015