- posted 13 years ago
There are times when I want only one serving of Champagne and do not wish to open a full or 1/2 bottle. I thus decided to investigate the few Champagnes available in 187 ml (sometimes 200 ml) bottles available in the US. I found a few other interesting ones available in the UK, but after recovering from the shock of the price for a recent food air express shipment from Vienna, Champagnes not available in the US are not an option for me.
After searching, I found a few that could be ordered. I finally selected the Piper-Heidsieck NV for a trial. For many years this wine was not near the top of many people's list, and I had not bought any for at least 2 decades. However some good reviews in Decanter and elsewhere made me decide to give it a try again. It is now a very different wine from what I remember in the far past. I seems Pinot dominated and it is rather full. It has good fruit, decent balance, and enough acid that is not too aggressive. It is of course far from a Krug NV, but then the price is far lower. It can be found for about US $8 per 1/4 bottle with case discounts sometimes possible. Of course there will be delivery charges if you have to order it in. The bottle came as a shock to me. The whole bottle is bright red, and I doubt if a lipstick mark could be seen on it! There seems to have been a great change in the PR department at Piper-Heidsieck as well as in wine making. Had I first seen the bottle and not read any reviews, I likely would have assumed that Piper-Heidsieck was still selling the same old so-so wine, as they did for very many years, in a fancy new bottle to hopefully increase sales.
Other 1/4 bottles that can be found in the US and can often be delivered include Pommery, Nicolas Feuillatte, Laurent Perrier, Moet, and perhaps a few others. Has anyone had experience with any of these other 1/4 bottles or the Piper-Heidsieck?