Vintage: 2007

VintageProduct CodeFormatClosureAvailability
2007CH512B076 x 75Natural CorkContact Us
Producer

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

Only Chardonnay is used in the blend of this exceptionally textured cuvée. The Blanc des Millénaires 2007 is made from four of the finest Grand Crus and one Premier Cru in the Côte des Blancs, selected for their ability to develop and fully express their opulence once matured: Oger, Mesnil-sur-Oger, Avize, Cramant and Vertus.

Vintage

The year 2007 was anachronistic in its wine profile: it was reminiscent of the profile of the great Blanc de Blancs of the 1980s and 1990s, with restrained maturity and biting acidity. The vintage caused concern to begin with because everything was so early. Spring and bud break occurred before their usual time. Flowering started on May 25th. Poor weather made it difficult to care for the vineyard, but, at the same time, preserved a good acidity. A rather cool summer, combined with heavy rains just before harvest, was out of character from the red-hot summers of preceding years. An unusual vintage that was befitting of Chardonnay, with yields exceeding usual Appellation standards and bunches that displayed a good sugar and acid balance.

Vinification

After the first fermentation in stainless steel vats, the wines were racked to separate the lees and then underwent malolactic fermentation to soften the natural acidity and improve texture. The cuvée was bottled and yeast added for second fermentation. The bottles were cellared and remained ageing on lees for twelve years. After disgorgement and dosage, the wine was aged for almost a further two years before release.

Tasting Notes & Technical Details

The Blanc des Millénaires 2007 is a pale gold colour with glints of light green, typical of Chardonnay and in contrast to the previous 2006 vintage. The nose displays fresh grapefruit and yuzu citrus notes along with quince, delicate smoke and buttery caramel hints. On the palate, the identity of the vintage is evident with a sharp and classy acidity. An enveloping texture is then revealed with accents of lemon meringue pie and subtle saline notes. The generosity of this cuvée is prominent and will continue to develop with ageing. The finish is long and full-bodied with silky sensations.

Alcohol (ABV)

12%

Acidity

8.5 g/l

Residual Sugar

7 g/l

Awards
Vintage Blanc de Blancs Champagne Trophy

International Wine Challenge 2022

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