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The Roaring Twenties, that famous period of The Prohibition, bootlegging and speak-easies, found Piper-Heidsieck at the epicentre. The champagne house has uncovered records from the 1867 to 1906 period revealing that they were, at the time, shipping several hundreds of thousands of bottles of champagne to the United States. Archival images show bootleggers unloading Piper-Heidsieck cases in the Port of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, located near the southern shores of Canadian island, Newfoundland.

These cases had made the journey from Reims, and it was at this French port that wooden transport cases were broken and bottles transferred to jute bags filled with salt for their journey into the US. This made the disposal of bottles in the sea much easier when they were intercepted by police. Once the salt had dissolved, and the coast was clear, the bottles and jute bags floated back to the surface for bootleggers to collect and continue on their way. Boats were equipped with aircraft engines so that they could outpace the Coast Guard, and the missions were carried out with military precision. Speed boats could take between 300 and 400 cases, and men required five minutes to unload the boat. Upon arrival in the United States, bottles were once again placed in wooden cases and sent on their way to private clubs and underground speakeasies.

To commemorate the 100-year anniversary of all this audacious behaviour, Piper- Heidsieck has launched an international limited-edition bottle and gift box containing their signature Cuvée Brut, complete with the 1920s label and bearing the moniker Piper Brut, as it was known at the time.

PIPER HEIDSIECK 6 BOTTLES AND A FREE SWANDRI BLANKET

Piper-Heidsieck & Swandri Picnic Blanket

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PIPER HEIDSIECK

The oldest of the three Heidsieck champagne houses, Piper-Heidsieck was founded in 1785 by Florens-Louis Heidsieck. Ambitious to make his mark, Florens-Louis created a cuvée which he presented in person to Queen Marie-Antoinette; a patronage that one assumes was, at a certain point, abruptly severed. Upon his death, Florens-Louis’ nephew Christian Heidsieck went into partnership with Henri-Guillaume Piper, an energetic entrepreneur who did much to champion champagne throughout the world. Christian died suddenly, with his widow marrying Henri- Guillaume and the company becoming known as Piper-Heidsieck.

Piper-Heidsieck is today owned by the French Descours family, who adore the wines. The rejuvenation of Piper Heidsieck was begun by Daniel Thibault, who passed on in 2002, ahead of his time. The current Chef de Cave, Regis Camus, worked with Daniel and has continued to direct Piper’s impressive evolution. At four million bottles Piper-Heidsieck is one of the top ten producers in terms of volume. The house quality is at an all time high, with more potentially to come. Their prestige cuvée, Rare, was first launched in 1976, and since then the wine has lived up to its name, with the 2006 vintage just the ninth to be released. A hidden gem in the range is the Piper-Heidsieck Vintage – just out and derived from 20 Grand and Premier Cru vineyards, the superbly opulent and elegant 2012 will cellar comfortably for another ten years.
LOCATION
Champagne, France
VARIETIES PLANTED
Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay
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