A heat wave, like one never seen before, struck France in the summer of 1976, desiccating the vineyards and reminding mankind of its
defencelessness against the whims of Nature. Oenologists, cellar masters and winemakers were at their wits end. Could it be possible to
produce a cuvée worthy of the Maison PIPER-HEIDSIECK under such conditions? The Maison refused to bow to the Fates: after all, such
an extraordinary event could produce an extraordinary cuvée. Thanks to their expertise and creativity, several men skilled in the art of
winemaking transcended the disaster and tamed the unbridled natural forces that year to produce a cuvée of exquisite purity.