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    3 943
  • Producer ranking ?

    33
  • Decanting time

    15min
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Seafood, Salads & Consommes

The Story

Today, all the pieces in the Charles Heidsieck puzzle are finally finding their place. Rémy Cointreau acquired the house of Piper Heidsieck in 1990, and since then a merging of the two houses has taken place. The company is now P&C Heidsieck, with all vinification and cellaring taking place under the same roof by the same qualified hands.
And quite a winery it is. The companies left the crowded ancient cellars in the heart of Reims and moved to more spacious surroundings on the outskirts of the town in 2008. The new ultramodern design winery has all the latest winemaking equipment as well as fantastic touristic facilities.


However, nurturing two brands in one winery evidently poses some problems. At P&C Heidsieck differentiation is managed by separating the house styles and brand images. The flashy-red marketing driven brand Piper’s champagne is fresh, vibrant and easy to drink. The wines for the more restrained and classic Charles are rich and evolved, very much a crafted for the gastronomy.
When I visited the cellar at blending time, I was given an interesting tasting exercise. I sampled a dozen still wines from all three grape varieties and altering villages. My task was to decide whether the base wine should go to Charles of Piper depending on the style. The aspired styles for both houses became crystal-clear to me when I was picking structured wines for extended aging for Charles and lively fruit-forward samples for Piper.


The winemaking hands at P&C Heidsieck belong today to Régis Camus, who took over in 2002, when Daniel Thibault passed away unexpectedly. Fortunately, Camus had worked together with Thibault for years. Consequently, the change has not brought about drops in quality or alterations in style. Even though replacing someone as legendary as Thibault is not easy, Camus has shown his capabilities as a great blender especially via the steadily rising quality of Piper Heidsieck and the numerous trophies earned by Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve and Brut Rosé.
The secret is out. If you have not yet encountered Charles Heidsieck, now is the time to get to know Charlie!

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<10 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Light, Green-Yellow and Bright

ending

Long and Lingering

flavors

Toasty, Mineral, Creamy and Citrus

nose

Open, Complex, Seductive and Generous

taste

High in Acidity, Perfectly balanced, Youthful, Medium-bodied, Harmonious, Toasty, Refined and Dry

Verdict

Good everyday wine and Excellent

Written Notes

Deep lemony colour. Pronounced and deliciously sweet nose of burned match, toast, brioche, honey and minerality. Full and round, succulent palate with velvety texture and plenty of autolytic complexity. Long and intense, however, very enjoyable already now.
  • 91p
Även om Charles Heidsieck både är det bästa och mest berömda av de tre Heidsieckhusen, så var det sist på plan av de tre. Standardchampagnen Brut Resérve Mis en Cave tillhör i dag de bästa på marknaden och årgångsvinet är alltid en fröjd att följa.Från ett hundratal byar och 40% reservviner från åtta årgångar gjorde Daniel Thibault en av de bästa standardchampagnerna från de stora husen. Med ett par års extra flasklagring utvecklar den en högklassig doft av rostat bröd, vanilj och en lång komplex fruktighet med en len eftersmak av kola. Nu är vinet tillbaka igen efter att man känt sig tvingade att överge "mis en cave-konceptet". Vinet är om möjligt ännu rikar, nötigare och chokladigare än tidigare. Vinnare i Paris som främsta non-vintage här om året. Mer Bollinger än Bollinger just nu!
  • 93p

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Origin

Reims, Champagne

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 Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Brut Réserve NV (00's)  ( Charles Heidsieck )

"Deep lemony colour. Pronounced and deliciously sweet nose of burned match, toast, brioche, honey and minerality. Full and round, succulent palate with velvety texture and plenty of autolytic complexity. Long and intense, however, very enjoyable already now."

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 Björnstierne Antonson / sommelier, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Brut Réserve NV (00's)  ( Charles Heidsieck )

"Även om Charles Heidsieck både är det bästa och mest berömda av de tre Heidsieckhusen, så var det sist på plan av de tre. Standardchampagnen Brut Resérve Mis en Cave tillhör i dag de bästa på marknaden och årgångsvinet är alltid en fröjd att följa.Från ett hundratal byar och 40% reservviner från åtta årgångar gjorde Daniel Thibault en av de bästa standardchampagnerna från de stora husen. Med ett par års extra flasklagring utvecklar den en högklassig doft av rostat bröd, vanilj och en lång komplex fruktighet med en len eftersmak av kola. Nu är vinet tillbaka igen efter att man känt sig tvingade att överge "mis en cave-konceptet". Vinet är om möjligt ännu rikar, nötigare och chokladigare än tidigare. Vinnare i Paris som främsta non-vintage här om året. Mer Bollinger än Bollinger just nu!"

4y 7m ago

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