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Charles Heidsieck Brut Millesime 2013

Charles Heidsieck Brut Millesime 2013

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£88.00
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£94.00
Charles Heidsieck Brut Millesime 2013
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Charles Heidsieck Brut Millesime 2013 Overview

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Of the three Champagne houses named Heidsieck - all originating from families once related - Charles is the smallest and arguably, the best. Established in 1851 by the nephew of Piper-Heidsieck's owner, Charles Heidsieck himself was the original 'Champagne Charlie'. In 2011 both Charles Heidsieck and Piper-Heidsieck were bought by EPI Group headed by Christopher Descours, he has provided significant finance for both Houses allowing them to grow their vineyard holdings, grape purchasing and production. Today, production occurs alongside sister company Piper-Heidsieck in an ultra-modern functional wine-making facility on the southern outskirts of Reims. The Charles Heidsieck Cellars are a Unesco World Heritage site and comprise more than eight kilometres of chalk tunnels interlinking forty seven subterranean cathedrals called Crayères, reaching 30 metres high and believed to have been dug out in the 3rd century.

After many years ageing in the unique and ancient Crayères acquired by its founder Charles Heidsieck, Brut Millésime reveals itself as a champagne poised between elegance and complexity, with a smooth texture and great length on the palate. Charles Heidsieck Brut Millésimé 2013 is a blend of ten Grands Crus and Premiers Crus meticulously selected by the House, expressing magnificent minerality, intensity and acidity. This exceptional cuvée was aged for ten years in Gallo-Roman Crayères. True to the Charles Heidsieck style, Millésimé 2013 already displays all the elegance and power of an outstanding vintage, qualities which will only be enhanced with time. This was the second vintage at Charles made by the late Thierry Roset, a very talented winemaker who had spent 25 years at Charles and promoted to chef de cave shortly after the purchase of the company by Christopher Descours. I believe what we are seeing with this 2013 is the impact of the new ownership and investment and the expert winemaking of Thierry; because the 2013 is the first vintage where we have precision, lightness and great purity. I look forward to seeing the rest of the vintages from this decade.

Weather: 2013 was characterised by a particularly late growing cycle. The never-ending winter was followed by a very cool, late spring. we had to wait until the start of July for flowering to begin – something we hadn’t seen in Champagne for quite some time! Fortunately, summer was glorious with plenty of sunshine, record temperatures and very low rainfall, ideal for the ripening of the Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. the temperatures were cool for the October harvest and the resulting wines are elegant and fresh - the signs of a "classic" vintage.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand & Premier Cru | Chardonnay: Les Mesnil-sur-Oger 15%, Oger, Vertus, Chouilly, Ludes, Cuis | Pinot Noir: Ay 14%, Ambonnay, Tauxieres, Avenay & Verzy
Grape Varieties: 57% Pinot Noir, 43% Chardonnay
Lees Ageing: 9 years
Disgorged: January 2023
Dosage: 9 g/l
Cork: Mytik Diam Technological
Drink: Now to mid 2030's

Tasting Note: The bouquet of the 2013 Brut Millésimé is compellingly fresh and minty, complicated by notes of white fruit-notably pear and apple-citrus and gentle spices, as well as a light touch of smoke. With aeration, elegant pastry notes come to the fore. On the palate, this is a structured, tension-filled but airborne Champagne with racy acidity, fleshy and charming texture and a long, penetrating finish. - Tasted by Yohan Castaing
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Expert Reviews
95/100
Essi Avellan MW
“Ten villages contributed grapes to this vintage cuvée in 2013: Oger, Vertus, Chouilly, Cuis, Verzy, Aÿ, Ludes, Ambonnay, Tauxières and Avenay. The colour is still youthfully lemony, whereas the nose already shows toasty charms. The wine's bright, vibrant fruitiness is building up exotic and spicy notes, as well as coffee and cream layers. The palate comes with fine precision in perfect purity. There is a brilliance to the wine on the lacy, refined palate. Very youthful still, this vintage seems to be ageing very slowly and gracefully, adding to its rich and toasty deliciousness.”
94 → 97/100
Essi Avellan MW
“Charles Heidsieck’s racy 2013 vintage is a blend of ten Grands and Premiers Crus: Oger, Vertus, Chouilly, Cuis, Verzy, Aÿ, Ludes, Ambonnay, Tauxières and Avenay-Val d’Or. Usually appreciated for the richness and toast-enriched complexity of its Vintage cuvées, Charles Heidsieck 2013 plays on totally different assets, cool refinement and silky linearity. Despite excellent ripeness of the grapes, the October harvest brought about a tight acid line and fine aromatic restraint to it. Toastiness is subtle for the time being, but remarkably elegant, perfectly lining the sweet orchard fruit profile. Its best quality is the prism like radiance and purity of fruit. Showing highly youthful, this wine promises to be slowly but gracefully ageing. Suitably dosed at 9g/l.”
93/100
Yohan Castaing
“The bouquet of the 2013 Brut Millésimé is compellingly fresh and minty, complicated by notes of white fruit—notably pear and apple—citrus and gentle spices, as well as a light touch of smoke. With aeration, elegant pastry notes come to the fore. On the palate, this is a structured, tension-filled but airborne Champagne with racy acidity, fleshy and charming texture and a long, penetrating finish. It should age well over the next eight to 10 years. Disgorged in 2022 with nine grams per liter, this is a blend of 57% Pinot Noir and 43% Chardonnay.”
94/100
Stuart Pigott
“A very striking nose with Reine Claude plums, old-fashioned apple varieties and some Nordic herbs. Structured and crisp with a very firm core, the finish driving and full of energy. Rich long finish with a chalky core. 60% pinot noir and 40% chardonnay, the make up of the blend very unconventional for this house.”
18/20
Nick Baker
“The 2013 year really suits Charles, it has the richness of the Maison mixed with fruit from the cool summer it adds a real sophisticated touch. Bundles of lemon, lime, grapefruit, twist of apricot and hints or clementines; the lees impact really build the texture, a delight and coming across today as a champagne that will excel even more with food.”
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News Articles
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    Champagne Vintage Guide by Essi Avellan

    February 28, 2024

    Ever wondered what makes a good vintage and which years were the best in Champagne? This is the Champagne Vintage Guide, their overall ratings according to Essi Avellan MW and the best releases of the Vintage year.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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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