Owned (like Charles Heidsieck) by Remy Cointreau, Piper-Heidsieck passed several years in the remedial hands of the late Daniel Thibault, who altered it from a non-malolactic to a malolactic style. Nonetheless, compared to creamy and luxuriant brother Charles, young Piper is all about “impertinence, freshness, vivacity, fun, and cinema” to quote Thibault’s successor Regis Camus.
It is cleanly made, but as an ‘inexpensive’ marque, Piper is one of those Champagnes in which the region’s viticultural problems are often evident with a lack of concentration and a difficult rawness of style. As usual, the vintage Brut is much better. Andrew Jefford- The New France
I have to say, I will take task with Andrew on this one. He is a brilliant writer and “The New France” is one of those wine books that once begun you just cannot put down. Piper Brut Non-Vintage however, is much more than he gives credit to. In numerous blind tastings I have scored it very highly, and am often surprised just how well it can show. Heavy discounting in the market place has perhaps cast a negative image upon the brand, but don’t be fooled. The late, great Daniel Thibault transformed what was once a run-of-the-mill marque into what is a highly enjoyable and very refreshing, uplifting, aperitif style champagne. David Donald - Curator