95 Points James Halliday & Top 100 Wines 2015
Chardonnay Pinot Noir Pinot Meunier Champagne Reims France
Charles Heidsieck crossed the Atlantic four times in the 1850s, heading to the new world in search of new markets. His personality and charisma made him famous under the name of Champagne Charlie. Charles Heidsieck is today among the most prestigious Champagne brands. The Charles Heidsieck artificer of today lay down exceptional wines beneath the estate Gallo-roman cellars. Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve has been carefully matured before sediment removal and an additional repose of several years.
Welcome Brut Réserve, a multi vintage assemblage worthy of the most prestige Cuvée. Brut Réserve comprises the three noble varietals in equal measure, a collation of sixty carefully selected crus, the very essence of Champagne in a bottle. Freshness and elegance of Chardonnay, structure from Pinot Noir, a contribution of generous fruit complexity from Pinot Meunier. A large proportion of reserve wines are included, averaging ten years of age. Once bottled, the wine is aged for a minimum of three years under the ancient chalk cellars, or crayéres. An exceptional ageing process for an extraordinary wine, each release has its own personality, its own irresistible charm.
A remarkable lustre, golden straw, an enchanting bead that persists. The nose is delicate but fresh, floral notes and violet, iris and lilac. Complex, voluptuous palate, freshly baked brioche and the richness of praline, amber and vanilla notes, fleshy and full, vinous and elegant. A Champagne that's both complex and delicious, an uncommon voyage of the senses.