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Drink Review: Piper Heidsieck Rose Sauvage NV Champagne

The Rosé version of Piper’s ever-popular Brut non-vintage Champagne. Made by adding still red wine to their Brut NV finished blend at a ratio of around 3 to 1, the result is a deeply coloured, powerful and intense Rosé. Enjoy it on its own, or for a real “wow” moment, surprise your guests by serving with the food match that’s usually a secret for those only in the trade – fish and chips!

Piper Heidsieck Rose Sauvage Review:

 

I like the deep purples of the colour, which is held in by the well-aged wood.

The nose is very expressive, and full of great smells. I love the so-called “barnyard” smells, as well as the aeration of wines and their aromas. That is always good to smell.

I notice that this is not a Brut style of Champagne, so it must be a Rose of some sort.

On the palate, it has a wonderful mouth feel.

I don’t particularly like Pinot Noir Blanc, which is what this is, but the Rose Sauvage has a good one. Still warm enough and fruity enough.

Serve this with some of the foods that I bring out when serving a small meal, which happens quite often at home. Here, I had some cod cooked with some broccoli and mushrooms, and some potato salad.

Piper Heidsieck Rose Sauvage Review:

This version of Rose Sauvage has the same mouth feel as the Brut, so it will be a good match for some fish. However, it’s not really for a full meal. It’s still very full and ready to drink.

Back to the fish and chips, it’s nice with a hard, dry-frying sort of fish like salmon. It’s also good with locally-caught fish, or fish that have been fished in a traditional way and are not from a far off area.

I like this one with cod – it goes well with salt, maryland and truffle flavours, as well as mustard.

I really do like this version of Piper Heidsieck Rose Sauvage with food, which makes it a good match for the food. Although I would prefer it to be a little bit less full, as it is not a full meal Champagne.

Definitely an enjoyable Rose Champagne, and possibly one for a small supper party, or unexpected gift.

Piper Heidsieck Rose Sauvage Review:

Drink On The Rocks – You can drink this on its own or with things like cheese, crackers, nuts etc.

Drink with food and you will have a full meal.

Drink with Fish and Chips (or some local fish) – A stunning match I think.

Piper Rose Sauvage, is an interesting one – it’s the original, and quite a good one.

Piper Rose Sauvage is a blend. The intention is to give the small amount of Rose found in the still red wine, some time to blend with the rest of the Rosé. The result is a quality Champagne that is not refreshing or acidic, but delicately and lightly fruity, with a darker and deeper red colour.

At the same time, it’s not a full meal Champagne, as it is quite mellow for a food match. Except, of course, for the fish and chips.

Piper Heidsieck Rose Sauvage Review:

What I really like about Piper, is also found in their Rose still.

I loved the depth and intensity that is found in Syrah. I love Pinot Noir, and found the same qualities in Sauvage. To get the full effect of this, I suggest you try their Rose still, as well as their Brut still. You won’t be disappointed!

Serve this with some of the foods that I bring out when serving a small meal, which happens quite often at home. Here, I had some cod cooked with some broccoli and mushrooms, and some potato salad.

Piper Heidsieck Rose Sauvage Review:

I really like this Rose Champagne from Piper, as it is not too sweet, but is still full of flavour and weight. 

It’s a good finger-friendly Champagne, that you should really look at, if you can’t afford a more expensive Champagne. Just don’t expect it to be a full meal Champagne. It’s too subtle.

The perfect Champagne for all, but is just the right match for some simple fish and chips.

Piper Heidsieck Rose Sauvage Review:

This is an refreshing Champagne from Piper, which I know and love. If I am in the Champagne capital of the world, I’d like to have a few of them chilled, and I think it’s best to have them chilled.

I’m thinking it would be good to drink with a wedge of smoked salmon or a great oyster with a glass of chilled Piper Rose Sauvage – that’s a great combination I think.

Just a little tip: If I’m eating fish, I love a lot of vinegar, so I like to take it off the sauce. If you do that, your fish won’t taste as good, but you will still have a great meal.

Written by Mark Adams

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