Ranked #13 of 16 2006 Chardonnay Pinot Noir Pinot Meunier from Champagne
Light yellow hue and a straw-like, clean, fresh bouquet with gentle yeastiness and attractive aged complexity. The palate is soft and dry, savoury and straw-like, with a very dry toasty and cracked yeasty finish. Very good.
Drink: 2016 to 2020
92 Points Robert Parker
Piper's 2006 Vintage Brut – 51% Chardonnay and 49% Pinot Noir from 17 Premier and Grand Cru villages – opens with a very clear, intense and elegant nose of white fruit aromas. There are also aromas of brittle and chalk, indicating remarkable finesse and freshness. Full-flavored, silky textured and very elegant, this is a finesse-full and perfectly balanced cuvée, with nougat flavors and an intense, concentrated finish that reveals a stunning mineral backbone. Still pretty young, but of great elegance and finesse.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Stephan Reinhardt. June, 2016
92 Points Tyson Stelzer
The hot summer of 2006 yielded muscular pinot noir (‘ too strong’ for Camus) and fruity chardonnay, producing a luscious, rounded, simple and fruity Piper that I tipped two years ago as a vintage to drink young and fresh. I’ve tasted it on four or five occasions since and it peaked in early 2014, showcasing its veritable fruit cart of red apple, pear and lemon zest. The cart has since predictably toppled into a place of toasted brioche, butterscotch, roast almonds and caramel, but it holds poise and definition in its acid line, making for a zesty finish that upholds finely balanced mineral texture. The party isn’t over yet.
The Champagne Guide 2016-2017.