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Charles Heidsieck Brut Millesime 1981

Charles Heidsieck Brut Millesime 1981

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Charles Heidsieck Brut Millesime 1981
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Charles Heidsieck Brut Millesime 1981 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. Extended ageing on the lees has unlocked the full potential of their aromas. Each vintage has its own signature, its own generous tone.

*Please note: The bottles have the original labels on and due to the fact they have been laid down in Charles Heidsieck Crayeres for over 19 years the labels are not in perfect condition.

Weather: 1981 is a stunning and extremely rare vintage. Drastic climatic variations over the winter as well as to springtime frosts destroyed 25% of the anticipated harvest. Nevertheless, upon tasting the grapes, particularly the Chardonnay in the white Grand crus, they were found to be of excellent quality. The Pinots Noirs married acidity and generosity. In all, they indicated intensely aromatic wines with a very promising cellaring potential.

This champagne is part of Charles Heidsieck Collection Crayeres, a second late release of vintages direct from their cellars in Reims in December 2017. The releases are very limited quantities and a perfect chance to buy and enjoy champagne with age in its very best condition; Original Label, slightly worn.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand & Premier Cru
Grape Varieties: 55% Pinot Noir, 45% Chardonnay
Ageing: 17 years on the lees
Disgorged: March 1999
Drink: Now to 2030

Tasting Note: Really rich golden yellow colour. Some nice small bubbles still coming through. An incredibly alluring nose of mushroom and truffle. Lovely acidity still and immense power! Lime, mushroom and nuts galore on the palate. Great dryness and such impressive length. With more time in the glass, this is still very fresh. Wow!
Champagne Charles Heidsieck History
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Expert Reviews
91/100
Essi Avellan MW
“Deep, mature golden colour. Slightly mushroomy but otherwise healthy coffee-toned rich, sweet nose. Fresh vibrant palate where the fruitiness is fading but there is still plenty left. A mature wine showing ageing depths. Long with dried fruit profile. ”
19/20
Nick Baker
“I am always wowed by champagnes from this vintage, they for sure have longevity as this bottle, like most, is ageing at a very slow pace. You can take a sip and the fruits are a blend of zippy citrus and seductive bitter orange and hint of buttery richness. The palate shows such lightness and velvety pleasure. Amazing champagne, with a decade + ahead. 19/20”
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Justin M
“Golden, impressive fizz, rich complex nose, dry fruit palate. Elegant finish.”
News Articles
  1. Champagne Vintage Guide by Essi Avellan

    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.
  5. Charles Heidsieck Collection Crayères

    Charles Heidsieck Collection Crayères

    November 8, 2017

    Charles Heidsieck have revealed a treasured collection of old vintages named 'Collection Crayères'. Released in extremely limited quantities, we are pleased to offer five incredible vintages, in bottle and magnum, from the 1980s.
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