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Piper-Heidsieck, Brut, Champagne, Champagne, France, 2008

Brut
Platinum - Best in Show: Best in Show
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75cl
12.0%
48% Pinot Noir, 52% Chardonnay
Pale to mid-gold in colour, with a very fine mousse. The vintage blend of almost equal parts of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir has fine-grained, pure, delicately lifted aromas of crushed stone, plant sap and understated vanilla with just a little creaminess from its yeast lees. It's barely fruity at all, and the classy reticence of the aromas suggest it has many years' ageing ahead. On the palate, it is tight, pure, acidic: a fencer's lunge, in terms of its fine balance and incision; typical of the purity and tight clasp of the '08 vintage. The flavours, too, are restrained and tight-sewn for the time being: bracingly citric and saline. Impressive now but it promises much for the future, too. DRINK 2018-2030
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