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  • Decanting time

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  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Seafood, Salads & Consommes

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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Much lighter than normal, but as soon as I put my nose in the glass I felt at home. This is a very good Champagne, typical of the house, with tones of coffee and orange chocolate. Rather quick to develop and somewhat more characterized by Chardonnay than usual: something that we should get used to, because Daniel Thibault had a clear preference for the delicious green grape variety. Recently entered a weak phase where the dosage feels intrusive.
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Reims, Champagne

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 Richard Juhlin / The number One champagne expert in the world, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Millésimé 1990  ( Charles Heidsieck )

"Much lighter than normal, but as soon as I put my nose in the glass I felt at home. This is a very good Champagne, typical of the house, with tones of coffee and orange chocolate. Rather quick to develop and somewhat more characterized by Chardonnay than usual: something that we should get used to, because Daniel Thibault had a clear preference for the delicious green grape variety. Recently entered a weak phase where the dosage feels intrusive."

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