Charles Heidsieck & Piper-Heidsieck among The World's Most Admired Champagne Brands
We are delighted to share that Charles Heidsieck has been voted No. 2 in the World's Most Admired Champagne Brands 2020.
Testament to the quality ethos that drives the continual investment in winemaking and vineyards by owners the Descours family, Charles Heidsieck's sister House Piper-Heidsieck also features in the Top 25.
Now in its seventh year, the annual survey asks the Drinks International Academy's 300+ wine professionals (including buyers, retailers, wholesalers, sommeliers, bar managers, masters of wine and specialist wine writers) to name their five most admired champagne brands, based on a number of criteria such as quality, consistency, marketing, value and reputation.
The accompanying Drinks International supplement reports that Charles Heidsieck received "nearly as many first and second votes as first-placed Roederer, so it's certainly plausible the top slot can be reached."
It continues: "It's long been the case that the wines at Charles really stack up in terms of quality. The blueprint for this was laid down by former cellarmaster Daniel Thibault back in the mid-80s. He was given the time to build up large quantities of reserve wine..."
"The man currently in the hot seat is Cyril Brun, who joined from Veuve Clicquot in May 2015...While he waits for his own vintage wines to be released...Brun does have the real pleasure of showing off past glories."
The report also highlights Piper-Heidsieck's "year of substantial change". New winemaker Emilien Boutillat has "settled in very quickly and looks like an excellent choice", while moving UK distribution to Liberty Wines "looks like another big stride forward".
"The Piper wines look on top form - the 2012 vintage impressively lively, the new Essentiel Cuvée Réservée Extra Brut, an excellent addition to the range...the new Essentiel Blanc de Blancs showed a lively citrus and toasted almond freshness and creamy intensity...Piper's future looks bright."
The full World's Most Admired Champagne Brands 2020 supplement can be viewed and downloaded here.