Charles Heidsieck

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Charles Heidsieck is one of the great names of Champagne and produces some of the finest of all champagnes. Founded in 1851 by Charles-Camille Heidsieck, the original ’Champagne Charlie’, the foundation of its modern fame rests on the unrivalled quality of its wines, which receive countless awards and accolades year after year. This success is attributable to the strength and depth of their winemaking team over the past three decades: Daniel Thibault, Régis Camus, Thierry Roset and Cyril Brun have between them been awarded ’Sparkling Winemaker of the Year’ at the International Wine Challenge 16 times. No other house has won more than twice.

Cyril Brun took over as Chef de Cave in 2015. The winemaking philosophy is simple, and is evident in the Brut Réserve: grapes are sourced from 60 different ‘crus’ across the region; fermentation and ageing of the base wines takes place primarily in stainless steel to preserve freshness; it is a blend of 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and 20% Meunier, including at least 40% reserve wines, the average age of which is 10 years; and finally, the Brut Réserve is aged in bottle on its lees for at least three years prior to release. These components combine to give a wine that is more ’Premium Cuvée’ than ’Brut Réserve’, and account for its success at competitions.

The Rosé Réserve is pale in colour and delicately scented on the nose. The 4% of red wine in the blend comes exclusively from Les Riceys, in the Côte des Bar, whose Pinot Noirs are full of flavour while being low in tannin. The 2012 Brut Millésimé is ’classic Charles’ whilst also exhibiting the hallmarks of such a highly regarded vintage: fresh acidity alongside richness, elegance and length. In a similar vein, the 2005 Rosé Millésimé is floral with a character of rosehip and fresh raspberries that gives way to a lovely intensity on the palate, which finishes dry and long. This year will see the release of the very much awaited 2008 Rosé Millésimé in May.

In 2018, the House released a Blanc de Blancs Non-Vintage for the first time in almost half a century. Made exclusively from Chardonnay (50% from the Côte des Blancs, 25% from the Montagne de Reims and 25% from Montgueux), with 25% of reserve wine, its freshness is balanced by its structure, richness and velvety texture, perfectly embodying the recognisable ’Charles style’.

The masterpiece from Charles Heidsieck is, however, the Blanc des Millénaires. Only seven vintages of this rare cuvée have been produced (1983,1985,1990,1995, 2004, 2006, and, the current release, 2007). Made of the best Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs (Cramant, Avize, Oger, Le Mesnil-Sur-Oger and Vertus), this is an elegant and distinctive Blanc de Blancs. The 2007, released in March 2022, is a fabulous vintage showcasing saline minerality and exceptional texture that is the hallmark of any Blanc des Millénaires, this cuvée balances bright acidity and citrus character with gentle toasted, smoky notes. Both fresh and generous on the palate, the silky, creamy texture follows through to a remarkably complex and persistent finish. Blanc des Millénaires 2007 carries all the vivacity, maturity and exceptional ageing potential of an outstanding vintage.

All wines from this producer

Producer
Wine
Product Code
Features
Style
Charles HeidsieckBrut Réserve (Gift Box)CH502
Vegetarian
Vegan
Sustainable
SpW
Sparkling White
Factsheet
Brut RéserveCH503
Vegetarian
Vegan
Sustainable
SpW
Sparkling White
Factsheet
Rosé RéserveCH504
Vegetarian
Vegan
Sustainable
SpRo
Sparkling Rosé
Factsheet
Rosé Réserve (Gift Box)CH506
Vegetarian
Vegan
Sustainable
SpRo
Sparkling Rosé
Blanc de BlancsCH508
Vegetarian
Vegan
Sustainable
SpW
Sparkling White
Factsheet
Blanc des MillénairesCH512
SpW
Sparkling White
Factsheet
Blanc des Millénaires (Crayère Gift Box)CH513
SpW
Sparkling White
Brut MillésiméCH514
Vegetarian
Vegan
Sustainable
SpW
Sparkling White
Factsheet
Brut Millésimé (Gift Box)CH515
Vegetarian
Vegan
Sustainable
SpW
Sparkling White
Rosé MillésiméCH516
Vegetarian
Vegan
Sustainable
SpRo
Sparkling Rosé
Factsheet
Rosé Millésimé (Gift Box)CH517
SpRo
Sparkling Rosé
Champagne Charlie Cellared 2017CH546
Vegetarian
Vegan
SpW
Sparkling White
Factsheet
Brut Reserve Bicentennial Collector EditionCH547
SpW
Sparkling White