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Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve NV ChampagneOf the three Champagne houses named Heidsieck, all originating from families once related, Charles is the smallest and undoubtedly best, of all of them. Charles Heidsieck himself was the original 'Champagne Charlie', gaining the nickname during his travels around America in the mid-19th Century. Its annual production is reported to be significantly less than 1 million bottles and occurs alongside the larger Piper-Heidsieck in an impressive cuverie on the southern outskirts of Reims.
The Champagnes have a rich history of being served at various infamous events; it was the chosen Champagne of the European royalty in the late 1800s; a photograph from Robert Falcon Scott's fated expedition to Antarctica shows the party drinking Charles Heidsieck at their Christmas dinner; in 1977 the house produced a special vintage for the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II and in 1981 a 'Royal Wedding Cuvée' was served to celebrate the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
The Brut Réserve NV contains a blend of 40% reserve wines (the maximum permitted), with an average age of 10 years, and spends a minimum of 5-6 years on the lees. To achieve the depth and complexity of the house style, Charles Heidsieck age their Burt Réserve NV for 3 years after disgorgement, much longer than the legal requirement of 15 months.
Pale gold, with fine and persistent bubbles, this has wonderfully complex aromas of ripe apricot and almond. On the palate it's extremely creamy, rich and fresh and also surprisingly nutty - likely a consequence of the age and high percentage of reserve wines. This is definitely one of the best Brut Réserve NVs around. We are currently selling the NV based on the 2008 vintage, so 60% of the blend is from this year and 40% of the blend is from reserves wines of older vintages.
Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve Limited Edition NV Jeroboam - Only 125 Jeroboams have been released worldwide, this is the first time the house has produced the Brut Réserve NV in jeroboam format. Presented in a limited edition wooden gift box.
Grape Varieties: 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Meunier
Dosage: 11.2 g/L
Base vintage: 2008
Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve NV Champagne: same day delivery in London, next day UK mainland & free delivery on 6+ bottles. Charles Heidsieck Overview Vintage Overviews Grand & Premier Crus Explained
“Age-complexed, plentiful coffee and cream, vanilla-laden super toasty nose with dried fruit sweetness. Yeasty fullness charms on the mellow, complex and concentrated palate. Velvety without losing its vitality. Blockbuster style with immaculate freshness and seamlessness. Beautiful. A guaranteed crowd-pleaser and many-fold award-winner - Gold at the 2014 CSWWC.”
“For the fourth year myself and my colleagues presented our Ultimate Champagne Evening that truly was an embarrassment of riches with magnificent wines like the Krug Grand Cuvée, the Cristal 1995 and the Dom Pérignon P2-1998 just brilliant. But as each costs £100 or considerably more, I've plumped for my value for money star of the evening: with up to 40% of old reserve wines, the nose is mature and nutty, with so much toasty brioche richness and a fat, ripe nectarine fruit too, but then the palate shimmers with elegant and delightful acid balance. A great Champagne.”
“A rich and toasty style that’s framed by vivid acidity, this shows lovely integration and an expressive palate of coffee liqueur, baked peach and roasted hazelnut.”
“Rich and creamy, this harmonious Champagne is expressive, with brioche, crystallized honey, black currant and toasted marshmallow flavours, accented by hints of verbena, baked peach and chopped nut. Vibrant and focused through to the lasting, saline tinged finish.”
“From a hundred or so villages and 40% reserve wines Daniel Thibault makes one of the very best non-vintage champagnes produced by a large house. With a couple of years extra storage in the bottle it develops a high-class nose of toasted bread and a long complex fruitiness with a smooth aftertaste of toffee.”
“Light, bright orange. Intensely perfumed scents of raspberry, orange zest, white flowers and chalky minerals. Juicy and precise in the mouth, offering vibrant red berry and blood orange flavors and a complicating hint of brioche. The floral quality comes back strong on the very long, incisive finish, which features a subtle anise quality and smoky minerality.”
“Complex nose and very well balanced palate. Seems definitely ready.”
“Fresh and fruity while also rich and full in the mouth, this is a superbly balanced nonvintage selection. It is not quite dry with its apple and citrus fruits both given some softness. Disgorged in 2012, it already has two years bottle age that has rounded out the wine.”
“Beautiful light gold. Endearing nose intermixing fruity, brioche and biscuit notes. Fleshy, full and melted palate showing lovely refined bubbles and freshness. Closely-integrated and harmonious. A nicely crafted dry Champagne.”
“A fresh, floral wine with attractive pear and apple fruit, and an accessible personality”
10 Things Every Wine Lover Should Know About Charles Heidsieck wine-searcher.com, 15th Feb 2016
Charles Heidsieck Overview
When Charles Heidsieck was born in 1822, his uncle, who married into the Piper family was running the Champagne House Piper-Heidsieck. Charles grew up in the vineyards and gained experience at his uncle's business, but his ambitious winemaking philosophy led him to found his own Champagne house in Reims in 1851. He was so proud of his Champagne that he called it after himself and Charles Heidsieck Champagne was born.
A year later, having found success in Europe, Charles took the brave decision to travel over the water to the USA to sell his wares. Here he was one of the first to introduce Champagne successfully to the Country. His vivacious personality gave him notoriety and popularity and he famously became known as 'Champagne Charlie'. An eventful few years were had in America, including being imprisoned in Louisiana on suspicion of being a spy during the Civil War. He was eventually freed by President Lincoln himself and then returned to settle in Champagne.
Unlike his peers Charles viewed himself as a blender and not a grower, he spent most of his money investing in 47 underground chalk cellars dating back to the 11th century instead of land. He began buying grapes from trusted grower families with the expertise going back generations in perfecting the care of their vines. The company now has 60 separate sites to choose from, encompassing a variety of different crus, and some of these plots are cultivated by the fourth or fifth generation of the same family.
Charles Heidsieck is a hand-crafted champagne. The intricacies of its complex make-up have been perfected over the years by one of the most celebrated winemaking teams in Champagne. Between three winemakers they have been awarded Sparkling Winemaker of the Year at the International Wine Challenge, while no other house has won more than twice.
The flagship Cuvée, Brut Réserve, is the house's masterpiece. Many years in the making, the wine is a blend of 60 of the best vineyards, and harvests going back more than 15 years. It is aged in the house's Roman chalk cellars under Reims. They provide an ideal place to age the wine, having a unique combination of constant temperature, high humidity levels, no sound, light or vibration to disturb the wines. The non-vintage Champagne is made with painstaking attention to detail. 60 per cent of the blend is wine vinified that year (using an equal split of the three main Champagne grapes; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier) and the remaining 40 per cent is a blend of reserve wines - a mixture of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir ranging from between five and 20 years old. There are over 400 to choose from, more than most other Champagne houses. Once the team has decided on the blend, the wine is aged for typically six years on its lees which adds a richness and complexity unrivalled in any other non-vintage Champagne.
Since 2011, the company has been owned by the Descours family - a very positive move, ensuring the company remains family run with a long-term vision for the future. Just recently in early 2015 Cyril Brun took over as cellar master, having been Chef de Cave for many years at Veuve Clicquot.