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  • Producer ranking ?

    11
  • Decanting time

    No
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Seafood, Salads & Consommes

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This three year-old disgorgement was not our best bottle of Charlie 1985 as on other occasions it has reached as high as 96 points. This bottle showed its age with slight oxidation and drying fruit. One could still see it has once been a great wine. Very deep golden colour with slow, small-sized bubbles. Grilled almonds, honey, dried fruits and vanilla on the complex nose. The light mushroomy notes deduct from the appeal. Rich and vinous on the palate with the finish slightly drying out.

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19 tasting notes

Tasting note

ending

Short, Smooth and Extensive

flavors

Toasty, Honey, Mineral, Nutty and Spice

nose

Youthful

taste

Perfectly balanced, Complex, Medium-bodied, Harmonious and Dry

Written Notes

The 1985 is a blend of 55 percent chardonnay and 45 percent pinot noir. The originals seem to have spent eight to ten years on lees – and this was one of the originals. ’85 was a seriously cold vintage with temperatures as low as minus 27 for several days, with around 3,000 hectares of vines destroyed. However, the harvest was exceptional. Early finesse and elegance pointed to eventual complexity and opulence.

Certainly mature, but based on this bottle, there is no real need to leave them in the cellar any longer. The bead was on its last legs, but the wine was still very much alive. Very complex. Stone fruit and lanolin. Honeysuckle and a hint of vanilla, marmalade, and even a slight note of a creamy coffee character. Still had underlying acidity. Incredible length. Just a brilliant champagne and a pleasure and a privilege to drink. I have talked with others who have seen it in more recent times. It seems some had very similar bottles while a few had a slight mushroomy note creeping in – no sign of that here.

For a score, 98 if you are playing the Grinch; 99 if you’d rather be Santa.

  • 98p
For a long time, a bound and delicate Champagne. The wine finally found itself during 2003 and passed into the classic nutty, biscuity, and toasted phase that is so typical of Charles. Present also is a floral lightness and a beautiful, dancing sensation all the way through. The wine is a big pleasure today, and I can really recommend it.
  • 93p
This three year-old disgorgement was not our best bottle of Charlie 1985 as on other occasions it has reached as high as 96 points. This bottle showed its age with slight oxidation and drying fruit. One could still see it has once been a great wine. Very deep golden colour with slow, small-sized bubbles. Grilled almonds, honey, dried fruits and vanilla on the complex nose. The light mushroomy notes deduct from the appeal. Rich and vinous on the palate with the finish slightly drying out.
  • 93p
Pale golden, tiny bubbles. Apples, yeast, minerals, lime peel, brioche. Fresh acidity, elegant mousse with a slightly sweet touch, elegant and refined with lovely balance, long and fresh finish. Winy texture and feel.
  • 95p
Charles Heidsieck 1985 Champagne Charlie From a bottle deg. 2000 Bit reserved and tight nose at first that opens up with air and gives a suprisingly young impression with bright citrus fruit, yellow apples and minerals with a toasty edge. However with more are the toasty complexity grows and reveals a plethora of toasted flavours and warm fruits. Mediumbodied but palate coating and very smooth mousse that gives way for rich golden fruit, yellow apples, baked peaches and grilled lemon, all wrapped in roasted walnuts, danish pastry and sweet spices that build on the finish which is a bit short though with a limey mineral grip that suggests ageing potential. Drink now-2022 94p.
  • 94p
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Origin

Reims, Champagne

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