Wine of the Week AU
Piper-Heidsieck Vintage Brut 2008, Champagne, AUD $125
Piper NV is hugely popular but the vintage is a fraction of the company’s sales, and an infinitely better wine. It’s 52% chardonnay and 48% pinot noir. The bouquet is very toasty and mellow, layered with roasted nut and bakery aromas. It’s full-bodied, rich and strong, with generous flavour and backbone, layered and persistent. (Cork)
Score: 96 ★★★★★ – view Huon’s original tasting
Ageing: best within five years
Food: Canapés of barbecued quail
Stockists: Kemeny’s, Bondi – NSW; David Jones, Bourke St, Melbourne – Vic (AU); Glengarry Wines, Auckland (NZ)
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