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Charles Heidsieck Champagne Charlie 1982

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Description & Technical Information
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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.

In 1978, Daniel Thibault, the emblematic Cellar Master and well-known personality of modern Champagne, took charge of devising an exceptional vintage with more “explosive” and more pronounced aromas than the “standard version” of the same vintage. The very first Champagne Charlie was launched with the 1979 vintage, and five harvests were to follow in 1978, 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1985.

Weather: The results of the 1982 harvest are considered amongst the most exceptional ever witnessed in the history of Champagne. The grapes grew under steady weather conditions. The results were irreproachable and the harvest abundant! The grapes, all varieties included, were in excellent condition and stood out for their nesse, equilibrium and grandeur, hallmarks of a great year in Champagne.

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; just 240 magnums have been released. We have 12 magnums available and they come with a wooden box like the one shown, with Charlie 1982 inside.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand & Premier Cru
Grape Varieties: 53% Pinot Noir, 47% Chardonnay
Ageing: 15 years on the lees
Disgorged: September 1998
Drink: Now to 2030+

Tasting Note: A deep gold colour with tiny delicate bubbles. This 1982 is still very fresh on the palate and on the nose this shines through with orange and caramel. Mushrooms, tobacco, mocha and cinammon are present and are sustained right through to the finish. For a wine 30+ years old has aged superbly.
Champagne Charles Heidsieck Overview
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Expert Reviews
99/100
Anne Krebiehl MW
“This glows with a golden amber colour. A note of aromatic, lifted mandarin and orange marmalade richness is immediate, pure, bright and vivid. The more tertiary notes are distinctly present but subdued: subtle smoke, melted wax, toasted nuts – the citric verve keeps everything vivid. Notes of liquid blossom honey pop up, too. The palate has the same lemon freshness; it's luminous, pervasive, lifted. The mousse softens with time in glass and turns into a subtle whisper, showing beautiful concentration, real chalky depth and wonderful length. What a marvel. Tasted from magnum.”
94 → 94/100
Essi Avellan MW
“Tasted from magnum at the winery. Deep golden, maturing healthy colour. There’s a very sweet feeling to the nose, almost botrytised aromas. A touch of oxidation on the nose. Full, rich, oily-textured calm palate with crisp acidity bringing welcome freshness. Nicely hanging in there with no hurry to open in magnums. ”
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.
  4. 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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