2018 Featured Champagne of the Year - Piper-Heidsieck
Founded in France in 1785 by the German-born Florens-Louis Heidsieck (who presented his newly created champagne at Versailles to Marie Antoinette, who became the brand’s very first ambassador), Piper-Heidsieck has since become virtually synonymous with champagne. (The Piper half of the company came about when Henri-Guillaume Piper followed up as head of the organization in 1815.)
Long embraced by royalty and celebrities, from early film comedians Laurel & Hardy (who put the champagne on celluloid in their 1933 classic Sons of the Desert—the first champagne brand to make it onscreen) to Marilyn Monroe (who in 1953 bragged, “I start each day with a glass of Piper-Heidsieck because it warms my body”) to numerous haute couture houses and fashionistas (Heidsieck came from a family of clothiers and originally founded Heidsieck & Cie as a cloth and wine trading company), the champagne long referred to by high society as “the Piper by Hiedsieck” continues its tradition of excellence under the ownership of the Descours family.
Piper-Heidsieck today has a state-of-the-art winery in France and under the guide of eight-time “Sparkling Winemaker of the Year” Award-winner Régis Camus has a reputation that’s virtually unparalleled in the world of champagne and hews just as strongly to its creator’s desire to produce “a cuvée worthy of a queen.”