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    1 114
  • Producer ranking ?

    27
  • Decanting time

    15min
  • When to drink

    Now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Smoked white fish with fennel risotto

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The Story

THE CHARLES’ WINE represents a world of elegance and indulgence. It is beautifully balanced and captivatingly complex. The quality demands meticulous attention. A fine-tuned dose of unconventional decisions at each step of the champagne production process.

Each wine has its own personality, its own generous tone. The fresh elegance of Chardonnay. The structure of Pinot Noir. The generosity of Meunier. Blending wines of the year with reserve wines is specific to Champagne; the perfect alliance demands exceptional expertise. 

Amongst the House treasures, pride of place for the wine-making team lies in an incredible number of wines that have patiently been put aside for reserve. Selected and set aside for their aromatic potential, these wines are destined to play a role in the blending of a Charles Heidsieck champagne. A Brut Réserve cuvée contains a large proportion of reserve wines (40%), representing an average of 10 years of ageing. A blend pledging an unparalleled texture, a signature of the Charles style.

Time represents a 4th varietal for the Charles Heidsieck House.

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Throughout all of France, the 2005 harvests were magnificent. The 2005 harvest in Champagne was particularly successful due to a cold, dry winter, an early heat wave in June that promoted flowering, a reasonable amount of rainfall in the summer and, finally, a return to high temperatures in early September, ideal for ripening the grapes.

Eye: The deep golden robe presents a delicate, lively effervescence. A voluptuous impression.

Nose: Warm and autumn-like, the nose offers fragrances of candied chestnuts and honey with surprising notes of praline and lightly toasted hazelnuts. 

Palate: The incredible balance offers the firmness expected of a great champagne as well as the opulence of autumn with generous flavours of roasted apricots, dates and figs which delicately coat the palate. 

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Vintage 2005

 The 2005 vintage was a year of marked contrasts between seasons and regions. Following a fairly harsh winter, 2005 had a mild spring with relatively warm temperatures all year long. There was above average sunshine and a slight water deficit, as had been the case throughout the dry cycle of 2005/2004 and 2003. The heat and humidity in July produced larger grapes and bunches, rather unusually for the Champagne region, while the cooler weather in August, followed by a very sunny month of September, led to favourable ripening in spite of heavy parasite pressure. The harvest dates were “typical” of those of the decade: September 12th for Chardonnays and the following day for Pinots Noirs.

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“Still very young, this holds great potential. Rich, full-bodied and densely structured, it is a wine first, sparkling second. Ripe apple and peach flavors partner with a strongly mineral texture.”

  • 95p

The 2005 Vintage Brut – a classic mix of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay – is a very ripe and concentrated Champagne with a bit of bitterness in the finish. "2005 was austere as a young wine, but since 2015, it shows very well and promises a very good aging potential," finds chef de cave Régis Camus. The wine opens deep, pure and fresh on the nose, with very clear white fruit aromas, spiced bread and a very clear definition. Light, fresh and finesse-full on the silky-textured palate, but also round and intense, this is a very elegant and refined vintage Champagne. It has a pure and fresh finish, and a long and intense aftertaste.

  • 93p

The deep, reflective gold hue offers a delicate, lively effervescence. An initial voluptuousness with pronounced aromas of blueberry tart and cooked mirabelle plums, followed by the warm autumn notes of candied chestnuts and honey, with a surprising hint of pralines and lightly roasted hazelnuts. The meticulous selection of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay heralds the complex personality of this exceptional vintage. The incredible balance offers the firmness expected of a great champagne as well as an autumnal unctuousness which one might anticipate from the climatic condition offered by this vintage, characterized by generous flavors of roasted apricots, dates and figs which delicately cover the palate. The creamy texture is reminiscent of an almond custard, followed by delicious notes of apricot tart with almonds and whipped cream.

The 2005 vintage offered early signs of excellence. The first hand harvesting started on the 9th of September. Optimal conditions reigned over the harvest in terms of quality and quantity, with grapes showing supreme balance in terms of alcohol level and acidity, a promise of freshness. Picking took place in cool, dry and sunny weather. The cool nights also encouraged the development of sugar in the berries. Thanks to the heat and the mid-season rain, the bunches were heavier than average and very rich in sugar with a potential alcohol volume of around 10%. In addition to these good omens, the acidity levels at harvest were higher than average and, as such, ensure good balance and promised an extended aging capacity for this Vintage.

Bright, yellow, light colour. Intense nose shows ripe apricots and toffee with honeyed overtones. Dry, round mouthfeel, with fresh ripe fruits, honey and toasty flavours. Long-lasting, supple, round aftertaste with some sweet spices.
  • 92p
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Origin

Reims, Champagne

Drinking temperature

8-10C

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