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Charles Heidsieck La Collection Crayeres Mis en Cave 1987 NV

Charles Heidsieck La Collection Crayeres Mis en Cave 1987 NV

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Charles Heidsieck La Collection Crayeres Mis en Cave 1987 NV
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Charles Heidsieck La Collection Crayeres Mis en Cave 1987 NV 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.

Jeroboam's are fantastic, the ageing slows right down, this large bottle of NV or as Charles call them "mis en cave" part of Charles Heidsieck Collection Crayeres, a second late release of vintages direct from their cellars in Reims in November 2020. The releases are very limited quantities & a perfect chance to buy & enjoy champagne with age in its very best condition. This is the fourth time of an annual “Collection Crayeres” release & honours five of the oldest vintage & non-vintages & showcases their exceptional capacity for withstanding time, their incredible aromatic opulence capacity & their structure after several decades of cellaring.

Mis en Cave is a name for the concept of NV the “Charles way” whereby the Champagne is 'laid in cellar' in the spring after the harvest. Charles Heidsieck have released several bottles Mis en Cave 1987, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2008 Each of these bottles contains the non-vintage wine with the base vintage of the year before. Mis en Cave 1987 is the same as saying it is a NV from the dominant vintage 1986!

This champagne is part of Charles Heidsieck Collection Crayeres, a second late release of vintages direct from their cellars in Reims in November 2020. The releases are very limited quantities and a perfect chance to buy and enjoy champagne with age in its very best condition. This fourth edition honours five of the oldest vintage and non-vintage Bruts and showcases their exceptional capacity for withstanding time, their incredible aromatic opulence capacity and their structure after several decades of cellaring.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand & Premier Cru
Grape Varieties: 46% Pinot Noir, 38% Chardonnay, 16% Meunier
Mis en Cave: 1987 or NV based on 1986
Disgorged: 2020
Lees ageing: 33 years!
Drink: Now to 2040+

Just 87 Jeroboams exist!

Tasting Note: Golden with green glints. Strong toasty smokey notes combining with candied ginger and roasted peanuts with an amazing spread of fruits, loads of tropical like pineapple and dried apricots. Amazingly fresh and structured palate, there is no hurry with these Jeroboams, they have decades of life ahead.
Champagne Charles Heidsieck History
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Expert Reviews
93/100
Essi Avellan MW
“Mis en Cave 1987 - Mature, developed golden colour. The nose is strongly toasty and roasted, with underlying baked apricot and acacia-honey fruit. There is notable oxidative development to the aromatics. It comes with richness and energy on the mature palate that is equipped with a tight acid line. Fully mature but hanging in there in good condition.
17.5/20
Julia Harding MW
“MeC 1987 - Based on 1986. Disgorged 1994. 46% Pinot Noir, 16% Pinot Meunier, 38% Chardonnay. Dosage 12 g/l. 34% reserve wines.
Pale gold. Very subtle nose. Ripe fruit, barely toasty. Then the honey and mushroom kick in on the palate, with a more developed flavour of bitter orange and apricot. Remarkable how persistent the mousse is and how fine the bubbles are. Deep and toasty and long as it warms up. So much orange. Slightly sweet-sour but so full of flavour while keeping the line and length of the freshness. (JH)
Drink 1996 – 2022”
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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