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Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve NV Champagne

Of 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.

Grape Varieties: 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Meunier
Dosage: 11.2 g/L
Disgorged: 2014
Base vintage: 2008

Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve NV Champagne: same day delivery in London, next day UK mainland & free delivery on 6+ bottles.
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EssiAvellan.com,
Apr 2016
93/100
“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.”
Wine-Pages.com,
Dec 2015
93/100
“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.”
WineSpectator.com,
Sep 2015
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93/100
“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.”
WineSpectator.com,
Sep 2015
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93/100
“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.”
VinousMedia.com,
Jan 2015
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91/100
“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.”
JancisRobinson.com,
May 2014
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17.5/20
“Complex nose and very well balanced palate. Seems definitely ready.”
winemag.com,
Dec 2014
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93/100
“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.”
gilbertgaillard.com,
Oct 2012
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90/100
“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.”
VinousMedia.com,
Oct 2008
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86/100
“A fresh, floral wine with attractive pear and apple fruit, and an accessible personality”
Bought directly from Charles Heidsieck's UK agent Liberty Wines, this is currently held in bond at Vinotheque in Burton-On-Trent, where it is cellared in ideal conditions and for same day deliveries small quantities are held in our London offices in a top of the range Eurocave
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