Vintage: NV

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NVCH504BNV6 x 75Diam MytikAvailable
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Charles Heidsieck is one of Champagne's finest Grand Marques. The House was founded in 1851 by Charles-Camille Heidsieck, the original ‘Champagne Charlie’ who inspired George Leybourne’s famous song. Charles Heidsieck’s modern fame rests on the unrivalled quality of their wines, which receive countless awards and accolades year after year. This success can be attributed to the talented winemakers who’ve crafted their champagnes over the past three decades. Between them, Daniel Thibault, Régis Camus, Thierry Roset and Cyril Brun have been awarded ‘Sparkling Winemaker of the Year’ at the International Wine Challenge sixteen times. No other house has won more than twice. The winemaking team is now led by Elise Losfelt, who succeeded Cyril Brun as cellar master in March 2023. All of Charles Heidsieck’s champagnes are carefully aged in their UNESCO recognised ‘Crayères’ chalk cellars beneath Reims. Comprising several kilometres of interconnected galleries, these cathedral-like cellars were dug out by the Romans over 2000 years ago and were purchased by Charles-Camille in 1867.

In 2022, Charles Heidsieck was one of the first Grand Marques, alongside Piper-Heidsieck, to achieve B-Corp Certification, illustrating an ongoing commitment to improving both their social and environmental impact on the planet. The House embraces a simple, quality-focused winemaking philosophy, which is particularly evident in the ‘Brut Réserve’. For this cuvée, grapes are sourced from 60 different ‘crus’ across the region, with fermentation and ageing of the base wines undertaken primarily in stainless steel to preserve freshness. The final blend comprises 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Meunier, including 50% reserve wines with an average age of 10 years. The ‘Brut Réserve’ is then aged on its lees, in bottle, for at least three years before release. These elements create an expression that is more ‘Premium Cuvée’ than ‘Brut Réserve’, which accounts for its success at competitions.

The ‘Rosé Réserve’ is pale in colour and delicately scented on the nose. The four to five per cent of red wine in the blend is sourced exclusively from Les Riceys, in the Côte des Bar, whose Pinot Noirs are full of flavour yet low in tannin. The 2013 ‘Brut Millésimé’ blends 57% Pinot Noir and 43% Chardonnay, sourced from 10 Grand and Premier Cru vineyards. Following a freezing winter and spring, the short-lived summer heat waves of 2013 led to a phenolic maturity that, although late, was much higher than average. The autumn-like conditions at the end of the maturation process postponed harvest until mid-September, creating an expression that stands out for its elegance, freshness, and complexity. Similarly, the 2012 ‘Rosé Millésimé’ is fresh and silky, with toasted and smoky notes of quince, white pepper and peaches that give way to a lovely intensity on the palate, which finishes dry and long.

‘Blanc de Blancs’ Non-Vintage is made exclusively from 15 ‘crus’ of Chardonnay, spanning the Côte des Blancs, Montagne de Reims, Côte de Sézanne and Mongueux, blended with 30% reserve wine. Its freshness is balanced by excellent structure, richness and velvety texture, embodying the recognisable Charles style.

Charles Heidsieck’s ‘Blanc des Millénaires’ is a masterpiece. Only seven vintages of this rare Blanc de Blancs cuvée have been produced, 1983,1985,1990,1995, 2004, 2006, and, the current release, 2007. Made from the best Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs (Grand Crus Cramant, Avize, Oger, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and Premier Cru Vertus), this is an intensely elegant and distinctive Blanc de Blancs. 2007 is a fabulous vintage showcasing the saline minerality, exceptional texture and great ageing potential that is the hallmark of any ‘Blanc des Millénaires’, but especially Charles’. Theirs balances bright acidity and citrus character with gentle toasted, smoky notes. Fresh and generous on the palate, the silky, creamy texture follows through to a remarkably complex and persistent finish.

To celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Charles-Camille Heidsieck, the House relaunched the legendary Cuvée ‘Champagne Charlie’ in 2022. Paying tribute to the original five releases of ‘Cuvée Charlie’ in 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1985, the “new Charlie” is the ultimate expression of Charles Heidsieck’s style. 80% of ‘Champagne Charlie’, Cellared 2017, is a blend of some of the House’s best reserve wines (48% Pinot Noir and 52% Chardonnay going back to 1998), topped up with 2016 Grand Cru Pinot Noir from Aÿ. Notes of grapefruit, pineapple and apricot develop into persistent flavours of pastry and a fresh minerality that beautifully complements the silky, harmonious texture.

Vineyards

Charles Heidsieck have built exceptional relationships with the most experienced growers in the entire Champagne region. For the Rosé, fruit comes from top villages, such as Les Riceys, Ambonnay and Ay.

Vinification

After the first fermentation in stainless steel, each tank undergoes malolactic fermentation to soften the natural acidity and enrich the wine. Base wines, including 5-6% red wine from Les Riceys, are blended with 20% reserve wines before bottling. The cuvée is bottled and yeast added to begin the second fermentation, following which bottles are lowered into the chalk cellars. To achieve the depth and complexity required by the house style, Charles Heidsieck age their Rosé Réserve champagne for 48-60 months before disgorging; much longer than the legal requirement of 15 months.

Tasting Notes & Technical Details

A deliciously fresh wine which perfectly expresses the complexity of the Charles Heidsieck style. Coral-like in appearance, with subtle orange reflections reminiscent of antique roses. Delicate aromas of wild strawberries and almond pastries gradually become more intense alongside rich, warm notes of gingerbread and cinnamon. Following a silky-rich texture, the finish is long and balanced.

Alcohol (ABV)

12%

Acidity

6.28 g/l

Residual Sugar

11.2 g/l

Awards
Best in Show

Decanter World Wine Awards 2021

Gold

International Wine Challenge 2021

Gold

International Wine Challenge 2019

Gold

Sommelier Wine Awards 2019

Gold

International Wine Challenge 2019

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