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Charles Heidsieck Champagne Charlie 1982 Champagne 1.5L
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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 5 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.
News Article: Read about our visit to Charles Heidsieck and tasting with cellar Master Cyril Brun of some of the Collection Crayeres Champagnes here.
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.
Charles Heidsieck 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.
Cellar Master: Cyril Brun
Winery Location: Reims | Champagne, France
Champagne Region: Montagne de Reims
Annual Production (bottles): 1,000,000
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A year later, having found success in Europe, Charles took the brave decision to travel over the water to the USA to sell his wares. Here, he was one of the first to introduce Champagne successfully to the country. His vivacious personality gave him notoriety and popularity and he famously became known as ‘Champagne Charlie’. Charlie had an eventful few years in America, including being imprisoned in Louisiana on suspicion of being a spy during the Civil War. He was eventually freed by President Lincoln himself and then returned to settle in Champagne.
Unlike his peers, Charles viewed himself as a blender and not a grower and spent most of his money investing in forty-seven underground chalk cellars dating back to the 11th century, instead of purchasing land. He began buying grapes from trusted grower families with expertise in perfecting the care of their vines going back generations. The company now has 60 separate sites to choose from, encompassing a variety of different Crus, and some of these plots are cultivated by the fourth or fifth generation of the same family.
Charles Heidsieck is a hand-crafted champagne. The intricacies of its complex make-up have been perfected over the years by one of the most celebrated winemaking teams in Champagne. Between three winemakers they have been awarded Sparkling Winemaker of the Year at the International Wine Challenge twelve times, an award no other house has won more than twice!
The flagship cuvée, Brut Réserve, is the house’s masterpiece. Many years in the making, the wine is a blend of 60 of the best vineyards and harvests going back more than 15 years. It is aged in the House’s Roman chalk cellars under Reims, which provide an ideal environment to age the wine, having a unique combination of constant temperature, high humidity levels and no sound, light or vibration to disturb the wines. The non-vintage champagne is made with painstaking attention to detail - Charles Heidsieck are famed throughout Champagne for their immense range of over 400 reserve wines. Once the team has decided on the blend, the wine is typically aged for six years on its lees which adds a richness and complexity unrivalled in any other non-vintage champagne.
Since 2011, the company has been owned by the Descours family – a very positive move ensuring the company remains family-run with a long-term vision for the future. In early 2015, Cyril Brun took over as Cellar Master, having been assistant winemaker for many years at Veuve Clicquot.