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    1 263
  • Producer ranking ?

    36
  • Decanting time

    -
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Fresh oysters with vinegar and shallots

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The Story

Charles Heidsieck was one of the very first Champagne Houses to demonstrate its passion for Chardonnay by producing a Blanc de Blancs in its 1949 vintage. There is also evidence that the Maison had produced some mono-crus from the Côte des Blancs as early as1906...  Through this cuvée, relaunched in 2018, two of the House’s areas of expertise come together: the production of great white wines and the art of blending a large selection of wines from different years and terroirs. The considerable challenge is to make opposites coexist: the tautness and the freshness of young chardonnays on the one hand, and the silky “Charles” character on the other.

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Wine Information

The first modern time release was in 2018.

Base wine: 2012 (80%)

Reserve wines: On average 5 years old

Origin: mostly from Côte de Blancs – Oger and Vertu, the rest Vellers-Marmeny, Trepail, Vandemange and Motgueux.

Ageing: 4 years on lees

Residual sugar: 10 g/l

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Tasting note

color

Light and Straw

ending

Long, Pure and Lingering

flavors

Smoky, Mineral, Floral, Citrus and White fruits

nose

Youthful, Pure, Fresh and Refined

taste

High in Acidity, Balanced, Concentrated, Well-Integrated, Youthful, Medium-bodied, Focused, Elegant, Fresh and Dry

Verdict

Transparent and Sophisticated

Written Notes

Light green yellowish colour. Lovely toasty and refined nose with coffee and jasmin. Dry and crispy palate with soft mousse and great elegance in texture. Long and lingering finish. Perfect match with seafood such as for grilled scallops. Serve well chilled at 6-8°C. Will gain roundness in 3-5 years cellaring. JL 90p (12/2020)

  • 90p

Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Blancs 96 points / This brand new wine follows the Charles Heidsieck non-vintage blanc de blancs tradition that was initiated back in 1947. The aimed style is sumptuous as one can expect from the house but cellar master Cyril Brun has also wanted to highlight freshness of youth in it to make a clear difference to age-mellowed and concentrated the Blanc des Millénaires. Pure and pristinely fruity, coffee and cream laden nose with ample lemony floral fruitiness with a touch of pepper. The palate expresses more minerality and salinity increasing towards the back palate. The wine hides its 10g/l dosage feeling perfectly balanced and fresh, even a little tight at this point. Stunningly creamy texture with minuscule gently bubbles waking up the palate. Long, driven palate with impeccable precision.

  • 96p

A pale, crystalline gold colour with the typical glints of the Chardonnay varietal. On the nose the aromas of mature Chardonnay can be recognised initially: white peach, candied citrus with notes of lime, honeysuckle and fresh hazelnut, giving way to subtle hints of tangerine and lemon.

In the mouth freshness and tautness mark this typically Charles generosity: the attack is pure and forthright, not aggressive but almost unconventionally suave for a Blanc de Blancs, so often characterised as being sharp rather than creamy. The harmonious finish offers surprising minerality and a slight salinity.

 

Gentleman and entrepreneur in the audacious 19th century, Charles Heidsieck was heir to a Champagne fortune, a rebel with an extraordinary thirst for adventure. At age 29, he founded a Champagne House in his image: authentic, distinguished and which stands out among all others. In keeping with this spirit, his grandson Charles-Marcel created a Blanc de Blancs, consolidating the style of a House that manifests itself across all varietals.

100% CHARDONNAY, TAUT AND FULL-BODIED. GENEROUS AND FULL-BODIED: an aromatic complexity that is the hallmark of Charles Heidsieck wines.

ELEGANT TAUTNESS: a velvety effervescence, thanks to 25% of reserve wines and prolonged ageing in the chalk cellars.

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Origin

Reims, Champagne

Grapes

100% Chardonnay

Drinking temperature

6-8C

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Inside Information

THE SPIRIT OF CHARLES, THE CHARACTER OF A GENTLEMAN.

Gentleman and entrepreneur in the audacious 19th century, Charles Heidsieck was heir to a Champagne fortune, a rebel with an extraordinary thirst for adventure. At age 29, he founded a Champagne House in his image: authentic, distinguished and which stands out among all others. In keeping with this spirit, his grandson Charles-Marcel created a Blanc de Blancs, consolidating the style of a House that manifests itself across all varietals.

100% CHARDONNAY, TAUT AND FULL-BODIED. GENEROUS AND FULL-BODIED: an aromatic complexity that is the hallmark of Charles Heidsieck wines.

ELEGANT TAUTNESS: a velvety effervescence, thanks to 25% of reserve wines and prolonged ageing in the chalk cellars.

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