Rare Brut Millesime Champagne 2013

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Vintage: 2013
  • DEC 96
  • JS 96
  • ESA 99
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Wine Description

Rare Brut Millesime Champagne 2013 is a masterful creation from the esteemed Champagne house, Piper-Heidsieck. Crafted by the skilled hands of cellar master Régis Camus, this vintage reflects the pinnacle of their winemaking excellence. Notably, Régis Camus has earned an impressive record of eight wins of the “Sparkling Winemaker of the Year” title at the International Wine Challenge.

Distinguished by its luminous golden hue, the RARE 2013 entices the senses with a captivating bouquet of toasted brioche, ripe orchard fruits, and delicate floral notes. On the palate, this exquisite Champagne reveals a harmonious blend of vibrant citrus, luscious pear, and crisp apple, interwoven with hints of roasted almonds and a subtle minerality, resulting in a sumptuous, creamy texture. Its refined effervescence further accentuates the intricate layers of flavor, culminating in a lingering, elegant finish that showcases the wine’s exceptional aging potential. Rare Brut Millesime Champagne 2013 stands as a testament to the unparalleled craftsmanship and legacy of excellence upheld by the renowned Champagne house.

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Critical Acclaim

DEC 96
The nose opens with an initial whiff of creaminess, followed by hints of creamy polenta and tart yet aromatic citrus and chalk. The palate is immediately striking with saltiness and savouriness. The foam is rich and tiny bubbles burst, releasing the citric charm of lemon and white grapefruit. There is something driven, vertical and precise on the taut body, softened by that creamy generosity and subtle oyster shell appeal of the mousse. The finish holds a delicious frisson of white pepper and grapefruit zest spice. A very straight-laced wine for now that will unfold in its long future.
JS 96
James Suckling
Such a pleasingly elegant and multifaceted Champagne with salty, creamy and toasty elements all wound together. Plenty of apricot pastries, pears, brown butter, fennel and salted almonds, with some iodine. It’s silky on the palate, with soft and supple bubbles, while remaining fresh and on edge. 70% chardonnay and 30% pinot noir, from 11 cru villages mostly in Montagne de Reims with Cotes de Blancs. Disgorged December 2022. 9 g/L dosage. Drink or hold.
ESA 99
Essi Avellan, MW
70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir. The 2013 vintage is so very Rare, so pure. True to the classical Rare recipe its Chardonnay origins include a luxurious amount of Villers-Marmery and Côte de Blancs Grand Cru fruit, without forgetting the all-important ‘spice’ of Montgueux. The Pinot Noir mix plays with the cool verticality of Verzy and Verzenay, but on a crisp year like this more generosity was lent from for example plush Ambonnay and Bouzy fruit. Intense, shiny bright lemon-green colour. Stunningly refined toasty nose with fine herbal freshness, lemon and birch leaves. There is a lovely vanilla-laden exotic spicy touch to the pineapple and peach fruitiness. Creamy-caressing and salivatingly energetic at the same time. There is a lovely ethereal lightness to the airy whole. Perfectly pure and compact, promising extreme longevity and capacity for majestic complexity.

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Winemaker of Rare Brut Millesime Champagne 2013

Régis Camus

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