Sunday, December 06, 2015

Vins Clairs Tasting with Piper-Heidsieck

I always love when I get to spend time with winemakers. They are such passionate people, especially when they talk about their wine. Let’s just say, they take winemaking very personally.  

I recently attended a Vins Clairs Tasting with RĂ©gis Camus, the Chef de Cave for Piper-Heidsieck. Camus was named Champagne Maker of 2013. In fact he has won the prestigious award 8 times. It was the first time that Camus has done this type of tasting outside of the Piper-Heidsieck cellar. Not sure what they did to lure him out of the wine cave, let’s hope it happens again.

It was interesting to taste the wines as Camus told us about his process. The wines that we tasted were in different fermentation. What most people do not realize is that champagne is all about the blend.  Tasting and blending vins clairs is a process which often takes several months. A winemaker has to have just the right wines to bring it all together.

Camus likes to talk about his wines in terms of emotions, His goal is to make happy wine. Once the wine is happy is it ready to go into the bottle.

After the tasting, the attendees got to sip on the full range of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne to experience the final product. I enjoyed all of the champagnes that day, but I give an extra round of applause to the Piper Heidsieck Sublime Demi Sec and Piper Heidsieck Rare Millesime 2002. I could sip on those all day.

Piper-Heidsieck Champagne is an excellent choice for your next celebration. There is a lot of love in their bubbles.

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