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Charles Heidsieck Rose Millesime 2012

Mix 12
£98.00
Mix 6
£100.00
Per Bottle
£104.00
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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 the hype around its Vintage Brut 2012, Charles has revealed the latest version of its Rosé Vintage 2012, in a bottle known as "Crayère". This champagne presents an excellent ageing potential, aged on the lees in Charles Heidsieck's Gallo Roman Crayères (chalk cellars) for more than eight years. It is made from a selection of around eleven Crus throughout Champagne. The grapes which contribute the red wine content originate from Ambonnay, Bouzy, Hautvillers, Les Riceys and Verzenay. The delicate effervescence reveals the aromatic complexity of this blended rosé which is famed for its incredible harmony and depth.

Weather: The 2012 weather has been hallmarked by many as very challenging but has created some stunning Champagne. Relatively low yields due to various weather conditions throughout the year. The winter months brought some frosts and hail which damaged the early stages of bud burst. Much of August was very wet and the year was saved as the sun came out in September and rescued the vintage. Most 2012 have a great balance with purity of fruit and chalky minerality and with the potential to rival the 2002 and 2008's.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand & Premier Cru | 11 Crus | Chardonnay: Chouilly, Cuis, Oger, Vertus & Ludes | Pinot Noir: Ambonnay, Avenay, Aÿ, Tauxières & Verzy | Red Wine: Les Riceys & Ambonnay
Grape Varieties: 62% Pinot Noir, 38% Chardonnay | inc. 9% Red Wine
Lees Ageing: 8 years
Disgorged: January 2021
Dosage: 9 g/l
Drink: Now to 2035

Tasting Note: Aromas of blueberry, wild strawberry, pomegranate, almond and spring flowers, the palate is energetic with lively acids, perfectly balanced and juicy, but it already exudes freshness and clarity that lead to a finish with a light grace note of gastronomic bitterness. - Tasted by Yohan Castaing
Champagne Charles Heidsieck Overview
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Expert Reviews
94 → 96/100
Essi Avellan MW
“The sumptuously fruity yet fresh and immediately impressive character of the 2012 vintage perfectly fits the Charles Heidsieck house style. This vintage rosé is a blend of 11 Grands and Premiers Crus (Oger, Vertus, Chouilly, Cuis, Verzy, Aÿ, Ludes, Ambonnay, Tauxières, Avenay and Les Riceys) with 9% of Pinot Noir red wine giving it its medium-deep salmon colour with copper tones. The lush fruit profile is ripe with sweet, vanilla-coated peach and dried apricot layers. A charmingly airy and lacey palate carries the wine to its long, intensely fruity, spice-complexed finish. A stylish wine of morish quality to it. Drinking perfectly well already but with lots more to come.”
93/100
Yohan Castaing
“Disgorged with nine grams per liter dosage in 2021, the 2012 Brut Rosé is a blend of 62% Pinot Noir and 38% Chardonnay sourced from 11 villages. Nine percent red wine from Les Ryceys has been added. Offering up aromas of blueberry, wild strawberry, pomegranate, almond and spring flowers, the palate is energetic with lively acids, perfectly balanced and juicy, but it already exudes freshness and clarity that lead to a finish with a light grace note of gastronomic bitterness. It will drink at its peak in four to six years’ time.”
95/100
Stuart Pigott
“A very elegant vintage rosé with wonderfully expressive red berry, blood orange and rhubarb aromas. Complex and finely-nuanced, this glides over your palate in spite of the healthy structure. Long finish that's driven by the fine tannins and chalky minerality. The same basic blend as the 2012 vintage champagne from this house, but with 9% of red wine.”
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.
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