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  • Country ranking ?

    725
  • Producer ranking ?

    8
  • Decanting time

    -
  • When to drink

    Now-2020
  • Food Pairing

    Truffle pasta

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The Story

A masterpiece from the Côte des Blancs in a legendary vintage.
17 years’ worth of complexity and yet so fresh.

A precise selection of Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs - 4 Grands Crus and 1 Premier Cru. 
A unique emotion, an impression of eternity, much like the feeling one has when standing in the heart of the 2000-year old chalk cellars after which this wine is named.
17 years’ worth of complexity.

More than 15 years maturation in the heart of the 2000-year old gallo roman chalk cellars after which this wine is named.
This legendary wine, which has been awarded numerous medals and trophies, deserves an exceptional case: the gift box, which mirrors the curves of the crayères cellars, echoes the nobility of this location where nothing counts except time itself.

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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Vintage 1995

 A large crop, very fine quality, especially for Chardonnay. In fact the most successful wines are the blanc de blancs. The Champagnes are similar in character to the 1988s, with the best examples possessing marvellous ageing potential. Most 1995s are at their peak but should provide lovely, complex drinking for the next three or four years

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Tasting note

color

Medium, Gold and Healthy

ending

Long, Pure and Lingering

flavors

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

nose

Open, Rich, Refined and Complex

recommend

Yes

taste

High in Acidity, Warming, Balanced, Complex, Concentrated, Developing, Medium-bodied, Firm, Harmonious, Focused and Dry

Verdict

Fine and Sophisticated

Written Notes

So silky-smooth and with such intensive nut toffee! The toastiness is there, but lying swimming in an oily nectar which prevents it from really making its way forward as it does in many other vintages. Pretty mousse and uplifting charm.
  • 95p

Deep, pure and fresh on the fruit-intense and complex nose, the 1995 Blanc des Millenaires is still young and incredibly fresh on the palate. This is refreshingly pure, concentrated, fruity and perfectly round Champagne that reveals a great tension and mineral complexity. It also has a long and salty finish. Keep it for ten or 20 years.

  • 95p

Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Millénaires 1995 / A unique emotion, the impression of eternity just like how one feels when standing in the heart of the Gallo-Roman chalk cellars: such is the sensation experienced when tasting this legendary vintage. At the heart of one of the most beautiful and rare chalk cellars in Champagne, the wine has been kept under perfect aging conditions: a haven of quiet where the temperature remains at 50°F all year round and where the atmosphere is constant.

It has taken almost 20 years of maturing in these extraordinary chalk cellars to mellow the carbonation, to generate the fine, delicate bubbles so typical of the Blanc des Millénaires 1995 and take it towards its ultimate smoothness.

Almost a year of additional resting time after disgorging is still required by the Cellar Master to perfect the final balance and complete the masterpiece. The promise of an unforgettable moment....

Smooth and sensual, the wine reveals its generosity in notes of salty caramel and its mildness with notes of cream enhanced with hints of citrus, toasted almonds, spices (vanilla and ginger) and cedar wood. A fresh finish highlights the potential of this wine, produced with great Chardonnays.

Chardonnay is the only variety used in this exceptionally textured cuvée. From the range of choices offered by the Champagne region, five major crus from the Côte des Blancs have been meticulously selected, on the one hand for their ability to evolve and, on the other, for their ability to fully express their character during the maturation period: Oger for its unctuousness and structure, Mesnil-sur-Oger for balance, Avize for its minerality, Cramant for its complexity and Vertus for its freshness and floral notes.

 

Every time I taste this masterful wine I sense something new. It's infintely complex. This is tasting note from March 2015. Golden color with very fine bubbles and oily tears in the glass. The nose is a symphony of aromas. In the base of the fragrance we get saltiness, fries fried in lard followed by smoked lemon and candied lemon, pepper, candied ginger, toffee, english orange marmalade, pear and fig syrup, mimolette cheese, coconut, charentais melon, whipped cream, skin of saucisson and full deliciously greasy brioche. At the back we find delicate green herbs. After caraffing, this became pure love in a glass with leather, truffle, wood spiciness (despite being 100% vinified in stainless steel) and roasted coffee notes. On the palate it is silky heavenly nectar. This is a chiaroscuro of flavors: we taste melon, plum, quince, fig, toffee, candied apricot, cocoa butter, a slight haze of Sauternes, old mimolette, summer truffle and foie gras on the mid palate. The perfect acidity makes you crave another glass. The grand finale is immense with toasted Chardonnay, coffee, white pepper and dark minerality. This is the king of the Chardonnay. A must for the champagne connoisseur. Drink now until 20?? who knows… this wine keeps on evolving but when you drink it is like time has stopped. This is the wine I would like to drink on my death bed (hopefully not too soon). It is highly recommended to caraf this wine. Absolute top!

  • 96p

1995 Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millenaires
Pale lemon yellow. Apples, lemons, light minerals, brioche, intense, layered nose, some plaster, bread crumbs. Fresh acidity, elegant mousse, smooth, rounded, fruity, apples, minerals, plaster, elegant, some smoky notes, long. 95

  • 95p

A well-developed, very toasty and rich nose of cream and coffee. Elegantly vinous and wide taste match up to the nose. An extremely harmonious and pleasantly mellow wine.

  • 92p

A fine gold, deep straw yellow colour, a nice cordon for a very brilliant wine. Floral first impression with violet aromas followed by smooth, fruity nuances of apricot and quince preserve. A touch of fresh fig followed by a warm finish marked by cappuccino cream and liquorice, the finish develops between hazelnut and lavender, honey and quince. An elegant and distinguished wine, with distinct freshness, cellared at the Heidsieck caves at Reims, pure nectar after almost two decades of maturity.

  • 98p
Very complex with beautiful aromas of sweet pastries, spices, cinnamon, vanilla, apricot etc. In very good drinking age
  • 95p
Charles Heidsieck 1995 Blanc de Millionaires Open and intense, toasty nose with lemon, candied lemon zest, yellow apples, sweet pasrt, brioche, melted butter, roasted nuts and marzipan. With air more subtle limey mineral notes appear. Full palate, round and very smooth but balanced by a fresh acidity and structural grip. More fruity than nose with stone fruits, paeches, yellow apples, citrus up front but coated in autolytic complexity with roasted nuts, grains and sweet pastry. Long, smooth finish with solid length, grip and a mineral bite on the end. This is utterly tasty now but will keep. Tasted three times with consistant notes. Drink now-2027 95p.
  • 95p
Nose: powerful, sweet, malt Palate: soft, wide Ending: fruity and toasty In a nutshell: Full of toast Final verdict: Power and charm, no need to wait longer
  • 92p
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Information

Origin

Reims, Champagne

Grapes

100% Chardonnay

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

Glass time

20min

Drinking temperature

8C

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Rosé Millésime

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