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    now to 2025
  • Food Pairing

    pan fried tuna steaks

With 40% of reserve wines, the Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve Champagne offers complexity, voluptuous on the nose with notes of freshly baked brioche and the richness of roasted coffee beans. This is a deliciously sophisticated wine that finishes dry with a velvet texture, depth and long-lasting bubbles on the palate.

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The Story

IT IS WITH BRUT RÉSERVE that the House has expresses the quintessence of its style. Particularly recognisable, this cuvée is the fruit of a unique blend that can be summarised with one equation: 60/40/10.

COMPLEX, PROFOUND AND INDULGENT, the Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve has taken its time and does not care who knows it. The House bottles each give important information on ageing with the specific the year the wine was placed to age in the chalk cellars as well as the year it was disgorged.

 

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NV (10's)

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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Latest Pro-tasting notes

82 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Medium, Green-Yellow and Bright

ending

Long, Lingering, Flavorful and Sharp

flavors

Toasty, Coffee, Creamy, Citrus, White fruits and Buttery

nose

Intense, Complex, Ripe and Seductive

recommend

Yes

taste

High in Acidity, Low alcohol content, Complex, Concentrated, Well-structured, Youthful, Medium-bodied, Refined, Fresh, Round and Dry

Verdict

Impressive and Well-rounded

Written Notes

Base 2008. Made of ⅓ Chardonnay, ⅓ Pinot Meunier and ⅓ Pinot Noir with 40% reserve wines. Light golden color with tiny bubbles and nice mousse in the glas. Seductive nose of duck liver paté, crumble dough, redcurrant, ripe pear, figs, the smell of a walk in the forest, sea shells, sunflowers and green leaves. After a longer while in the glass you get that lovely vieux vin character of apple-fig syrup and warm woody spices. Keep in mind that this champagne has not seen any wood. It has a silky, smooth but refreshing mouthfeel. On the palate you get fresh blueberries, candied citrus, smoky tones with goose fat, caramel and lemon oil. On the mid palate you get toasty Chardonnay tones, dried fig and roasted almonds. You get the impression that you’re drinking a vintage Charles. The finish is very long with caramel, praliné, citrus and a lovely complex minerality. This is more than a luxury appetizer. Give it time to fully express itself. One of the best Charles Brut Reserve so far. (tasted June 2016)

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Deep lemony colour. Fragrant and complex nose of vanilla, toasty and sweet fruitiness. Elegant palate with with toasty complexity and delicious pure fruit. Long linear and fine.

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A: orange hued N: sweet tropical fruits P: broad, gentle mousse, lovely lemony grip E: linear In a nutshell: lovely, well-integrated champagne Final verdict: another great example of the consistency of the brand
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Information

Origin

Reims, Champagne

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"Charles vintage 2000 is amazing. "

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