Being the smallest of the three champagne houses named Heidsieck, back in 1851, they needed something big to express their name above the rest of them, as if naming the champagne with your first name wasn’t enough (this caused quite a stir) they have a champagne that manages to achieve this beyond all doubt.
The finite amount of champagne produced each year due to the size of their vineyards, requires a production that competes with the big champagne houses around them. You don’t win the best sparkling wine award at the International Wine Challenge for the past 13 years unless you have something special. Endorsements for champagne do not get any better than from Jancis Robinson MW, and she stated that against the powerhouses of Dom Pérignon’s Cuvée and Louis Roederer’s Cristal that ‘Charles Heidsieck’s Blanc de Blancs, Cuvée des Millénaires 1995 qualifies as that house’s prestige cuvée and was the finest wine on show by quite a margin.’
The recognition from Leroux, Charles Heidsieck’s Director, that “Champagne is a people business. We sell it bottle by bottle” runs in line with our ethos and therefore it is the perfect brand for us to start listing. The finite amount of wines available has also contributed in reducing the brand’s need to sell to supermarkets and has therefore, stuck to selling in restaurants and smaller retailers.
A very well known and highly regarded new cellar master Cyril Brun has become Charles Heidsieck’s new chef de caves as of May 2015 and will use his expertise and experience from his years at Veuve Clicquot to continue the amazing work left behind by the late Thierry Roset. So we are looking forward to the magic that will be cast on his champagnes.
The hard work is prevalent in each bottle and although in 1852, Charles-Camille Heidsieck sailed across the Atlantic to promote his Champagne to the U.S, not as much effort or sailing was put in to convince us that we should be listing Charles Heidsieck as one of our brands. The champagne does the talking.