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The Story

Charles Heidsieck is one of the most admired Champagne houses thanks to the unrivalled and consistently high quality of its wines. The current range is one of the most awarded collections of wines in the world. The intricacies of the champagnes' complex make-up have been perfected over the years by one of the most celebrated winemaking teams in Champagne - between three winemakers they have been awarded 'Sparkling Winemaker of the Year' at the International Wine Challenge fifteen times. This winemaking legacy, paired with the house's flamboyant history since its foundation in 1851 by the man who would become known as 'Champagne Charlie', makes it a unique offering from Champagne: a house with great, hand-crafted wines, heritage and proven quality.

This millésime was composed of 11 crus, including the vineyards that form the corner stones of the house style - Oger, Avize, Vertus and Cramant for Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir from Mailly and Ambonnay.

After the first fermentation in stainless steel each tank undergoes malolactic fermentation to soften the natural acidity. After blending with a base of 20% red and white reserve wines, and 5-6% of the Pinot Noir having been vinified as a red wine, the cuvée is bottled and yeast added to begin the second fermentation. The bottles are placed in the cellar at a temperature of about 10°C. In order to achieve the depth and complexity required by the house style, Charles Heidsieck age their Non-Vintage champagne for three years before disgorging, much longer than the legal requirement of 15 months.

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Tasting note

color

Deep and Gold

ending

Long

flavors

Bread, Toasty, Nutty and Buttery

nose

Mature and Rich

taste

Perfectly balanced and Dry

Verdict

Fine

Written Notes

Beautiful, multifaceted bouquet leaning toward orange-chocolate and coffee. The taste actually explodes in the mouth. Fantastic, sensational development through the years! Better and better every time. A sensation of sweetness without being sugary. Intensively smoky in a sublime manner. Chardonnay is most distinct just at present.
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Charles Heidsieck Brut Millesime 1981 Open, rich, developed and toasty nose with müsli, rape seed oil, lemon skins and toasted bread. Not very complex but gorgeous never the less. Full and rich attack that actually builds in the glass and fills you palate with caramel, toasted brioche, sweet spices, ripe yellow apples and citrus. Long finish that still has a good vibrancy and grip. Very good! Drink now-2018 92p.
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Origin

Reims, Champagne

Other wines from this producer

Blanc de Millenaires Vinothèque

Blanc des Millénaires

Brut Millésimé

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Champagne Charlie

Champagne Charlie Vinothèque

Charles Heidsieck Rose Reserve NV

Rosé Millésime

Rosé Réserve

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 Richard Juhlin / The number One champagne expert in the world, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Millésimé 1981  ( Charles Heidsieck )

"Beautiful, multifaceted bouquet leaning toward orange-chocolate and coffee. The taste actually explodes in the mouth. Fantastic, sensational development through the years! Better and better every time. A sensation of sweetness without being sugary. Intensively smoky in a sublime manner. Chardonnay is most distinct just at present."

1y 6m ago

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 Totte Steneby, Sommelier (Sweden)  tasted  Millésimé 1981  ( Charles Heidsieck )

"Charles Heidsieck Brut Millesime 1981

Open, rich, developed and toasty nose with müsli, rape seed oil, lemon skins and toasted bread. Not very complex but gorgeous never the less.

Full and rich attack that actually builds in the glass and fills you palate with caramel, toasted brioche, sweet spices, ripe yellow apples and citrus. Long finish that still has a good vibrancy and grip. Very good!
Drink now-2018
92p."

4y 6m ago

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