Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Blancs 1981

Per Bottle
£625.00
Description & Technical Information
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After many years ageing in the unique and ancient Crayères acquired by its founder Charles Heidsieck, Blanc de Blancs reveals itself as a champagne poised between elegance and complexity, with a smooth texture and great length on the palate. Extended ageing on the lees has unlocked the full potential of their aromas. Each vintage has its own signature, its own generous tone.

Weather: 1981 is a stunning vintage, but it is rare as a result of drastic climatic variations over the winter,
and springtime frosts that destroyed 25% of the anticipated harvest. Nevertheless, when the grapes were
tasted, particularly the Chardonnays in the white Grand Crus, they were found to be of excellent quality.

This champagne is part of Charles Heidsieck Collection Crayeres, a second late release of vintages direct from their cellars in Reims in October 2018. The releases are very limited quantities and a perfect chance to buy and enjoy champagne with age in its very best condition; just 60 bottles have been released.

News Article: Read about our visit to Charles Heidsieck and tasting with cellar Master Cyril Brun of some of the Collection Crayeres Champagnes here.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: Grand Cru | Avize, Cramant, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger & 1er Cru Vertus
Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Drink: Now to 2030+

Tasting Note: A brilliant golden hue with glints of green and yellow. Notes of hazelnut and peanut. Dense and perfectly balanced, the mouthfeel is generous with an incredible crispness. Tautness and full-bodied sensations jostle for position, demonstrating the lively nature of the 1981 vintage.
Champagne Charles Heidsieck Overview
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Expert Reviews
17/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Orangey gold. Toasty nose that’s pretty reticent. Fruit is fading. Slightly pinched finish. Firm and dry. Tight.”
News Articles
  1. Charles Heidsieck: 2018 Vins Clairs Tasting

    Charles Heidsieck: 2018 Vins Clairs Tasting

    April 2, 2019

    "The wines in 2018 were good overall. Some were exceptional... some over-mature." Charles Heidsieck Chef de Cave, Cyril Brun, was slightly more cautious than other winemakers regarding the potential of 2018. We tasted a range of vins clairs and reserve wines with the always engaging winemaker at the cellars in Reims.
  2. David Kermode Discovers Charles Heidsieck's 'Finest Bubbles'

    David Kermode Discovers Charles Heidsieck's 'Finest Bubbles'

    August 5, 2018

    A 'Champagne Charlie' in another life himself, wine journalist David Kermode attended our Charles Heidsieck Dinner and Tasting at Frederick's last week to sample a range of new and old vintages from this reformed house. Read his report for The Buyer here.
  3. Charles Heidsieck Dinner with Stephen Leroux

    Charles Heidsieck Dinner with Stephen Leroux

    August 3, 2018

    This week, Director of Charles Heidsieck Stephen Leroux hosted our Charles Heidsieck Dinner and Tasting at Frederick's, Islington. With an expertly paired champagne/food menu and a rare magnum of Brut Millésime 1983 to taste, it was a night to remember.
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