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  • Country ranking ?

    2 329
  • Producer ranking ?

    22
  • Decanting time

    15min
  • 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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14 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Light, Straw and Bright

ending

Long, Gentle and Flavorful

flavors

Toasty, Creamy, Spice, White fruits, Coffee and Mineral

nose

Youthful, Rich, Complex and Seductive

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Balanced, Complex, Concentrated, Youthful, Medium-bodied, Round, Harmonious, Elegant and Dry

Verdict

Impressive and Sophisticated

Written Notes

Utterly wonderful to sit and look out over a winter-clad Smögen and taste five fine champagnes during a fiftieth birthday dinner. This was without a doubt the wine that I did not want to spit out and that I returned to time and again. Enormously voluptuous and classical. Gorgeously nutty, with creamy Chardonnay character and sunnily replete with orange. Yet another fantastic Heidsieck.
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Deep lemony golden developing colour. Wonderfully toasty, autolytic, gunflity nose of ripe apples and pears, bread and fragrant floral notes. The nuanced, charming and appetising nose promises a lot for the palate. Full and smooth in the mouth with well-integrated fine mousse. Aromas continue as on the nose. Perfectly weighty, long and refreshing. Open and drinking wonderfully now until 2020.
  • 93p

Information

Origin

Reims, Champagne

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 Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Millésimé 2000  ( Charles Heidsieck )

"Deep lemony golden developing colour. Wonderfully toasty, autolytic, gunflity nose of ripe apples and pears, bread and fragrant floral notes. The nuanced, charming and appetising nose promises a lot for the palate. Full and smooth in the mouth with well-integrated fine mousse. Aromas continue as on the nose. Perfectly weighty, long and refreshing. Open and drinking wonderfully now until 2020. "

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92p
 Richard Juhlin / The number One champagne expert in the world, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Millésimé 2000  ( Charles Heidsieck )

"Utterly wonderful to sit and look out over a winter-clad Smögen and taste five fine champagnes during a fiftieth birthday dinner. This was without a doubt the wine that I did not want to spit out and that I returned to time and again. Enormously voluptuous and classical. Gorgeously nutty, with creamy Chardonnay character and sunnily replete with orange. Yet another fantastic Heidsieck."

1y 6m ago

94p
 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  Millésimé 2000  ( Charles Heidsieck )

"Disgorged in 2011"

3y 11m ago

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