Piper-Heidsieck 'HORS-SÉRIE' 1971
To kick off the HORS-SERIE Collection, Émilien Boutillat, Piper-Heidsieck Head Winemaker, re-imagines a fifty-year-old champagne: Piper-Heidsieck HORS-SÉRIE 1971.
“I inherited the legacy of the 1971 vintage and wanted to reinterpret it with a fresh disgorgement to be able to share it with everyone. This is a fantastic opportunity to offer a journey through time”.
Émilien Boutillat, Piper-Heidsieck Head Winemaker.
After resting a half-century in the cellars, HORS-SÉRIE 1971 the project to launch this cuvée started in February 2020 with a tasting of the wines still under their original seal and kept on the remuage racks.
Émilien and the Tasting Committee were amazed by the wine’s aromatic profile and spectacular vibrancy. As the youngest Chief Winemaker of a leading Champagne House and fully attuned to the times, he believed it was definitely the moment to unveil this historic vintage with a fresh disgorgement.
And so he added his personal touch to HORS-SÉRIE 1971; with his sensibility, his audacity and his creativity.
In his opinion, the dosage liqueur is like a spice that enhances a dish. The one used for HORS-SÉRIE 1971, with a dosage of 10 grams, was produced from a 2019 Chardonnay, with no malolactic fermentation, as was the tradition in 1971.
HORS-SÉRIE 1971 is remarkable for the singularity of each bottle. The blend is the same for the 2021 bottles produced: the freshness, so emblematic of the Piper-Heidsieck style, remains present.
Nevertheless, during the 50 years of cellar ageing, the wine has evolved differently.
Each bottle boasts its own personality and will offer a distinctive tasting experience; hence the reason for numbering each individual bottle.
Each bottle comes in a collector box made from solid oak displaying a contemporary graphic monogram inspired by the fashion of the 1970s.