Florens-Louis Heidsieck was the son
of a Lutheran minister from Westphalia. He moved to
Reims to work as a cloth merchant, and discovered winemaking
there. He started making his own wine in 1780, and while
he was neither a viticulturist nor a native of Reims,
he displayed talent and worked hard at his new-found
profession. He founded his own House on 16 July 1785.
He had already become an expert in his art, and even
dedicated one of his wines to Queen Marie-Antoinette.
Moreover, he was granted the honour of presenting it
to Her Majesty in person.
Piper was exceptionally gifted in business and as an
entrepreneur of his time, he travelled the world promoting
Heidsieck champagne. Fourteen royal and imperial courts
made the House their official supplier, and quite soon,
"Heidsieck from Piper" was the only champagne
which true aficionados would drink. And thus the wine
with quality standards rigorously defined by Florens-Louis
Heidsieck himself very quickly became known as "Piper-Heidsieck".
In October 1838, the two names came even closer together
when Henri Piper married… Christian Heidsieck's
On January, 1st 1851, Henri Piper teamed up with his
cousin J.C. Kunkelmann. For the House's centenary in
1885, he commissioned Fabergé, the celebrated
jeweller to the Russian imperial court, to make a gold,
lapus lazuli and diamond ornament to adorn the special
champagne created for the occasion. When J.C. Kunkelmann
died, his son succeeded him. Then his daughter and son-in-law
took over the business, and the House remained in the
family. In 1985, Piper-Heidsieck staged a sumptuous
two hundredth anniversary celebration at the Château
In 1997, Piper-Heidsieck took the decision to use the
colour red to highlight its bold and innovative personality,
and to display this on its bottles for all the world
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each champagne style.