NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Noted Winemaker and Chef de Cave Régis Camus and Champagne Piper-Heidsieck earned the highest distinction at the International Wine Challenge’s Awards Dinner in the UK in late July. For the seventh consecutive year --the eighth time since 2004-- Camus walked away with the “Sparkling Winemaker of the Year” award. His prized Piper-Heidsieck Rare Vintage 1998 –the first vintage created under his leadership– also scooped up the Daniel Thibault Trophy for Champion Sparkling Wine for the second time.
Since 1983, the International Wine Challenge hosts the largest and most prestigious blind wine tasting in the world. This year, their 30th anniversary, over 12,000 wines were sampled as part of the competition. The judges panel is comprised of the world’s most distinguished Masters of Wine including Tim Atkin, Peter McCombie, Derek Smedley, Sam Harrop, Charles Metcalfe and Oz Clarke.
“The International Wine Challenge is one of the most prestigious and demanding competitions in our industry,” says Cécile Bonnefond, CEO of Champagnes Piper-Heidsieck & Charles Heidsieck, “We’re thrilled that Régis Camus --along with his prized Piper-Heidsieck Rare 1998-- has been honored once again. It is a true testament to his vision for the House and further illustrates Piper-Heidsieck’s well-deserved place within the top ranking, highest quality Champagne houses of the decade.”
Since joining the House in 1994, Régis Camus has shepherded the House to great acclaim, thanks to his expert blending skills, attention to detail and passion for the process of winemaking. The celebrated Chef de Cave has increased the share of Crus from the Côte de Bars, while building a larger winery and creating a collection of reserve wines, all while staying true to the Piper-Heidsieck tradition of quality and excellence.
ABOUT CHAMPAGNE PIPER-HEIDSIECK
In 1785, Florens-Louis Heidsieck created the first cuvée of the Piper-Heidsieck House. Throughout history, the House has been synonymous with quality, culture, boldness and style. From the outset, Piper-Heidsieck received royal support of Queen Marie Antoinette and, throughout history, has garnered favor among and celebrated the best in the art, fashion and design worlds. From Carl Fabergé --the Russian Tsar’s personal jeweler-- to fashion icons Jean Paul Gaultier and Christian Louboutin, its commitment to creativity is evident in its ongoing collaborations with some of the world’s most renowned artists.
One of the world’s most awarded champagnes, it benefits from the expertise of celebrated winemaker, Régis Camus. Camus was recently named “Sparkling Winemaker of the Year” at the 2013 International Wine Challenge in London. This marks the eighth time the Cellar Master has received this award, and the seventh consecutive year he has received this honor.
Piper-Heidsieck remains one of the eponymous region’s most outstanding wines, and is the only non-vintage champagne to earn a spot on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list of 2012. It is imported by Rémy Cointreau, USA, Inc. For more information visit: http://piper-heidsieck.com and https://www.facebook.com/ChampagnePiperHeidsieck.