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The Story

Founded in 1785, Heidsieck & Co Monopole is one of the oldest Champagne Houses. The Maison was purchased by Vranken Pommery Monopole (VPM) in 1975 from Seagram. VPM is the second largest producer of Champagne, owning the Houses of Pommery, Demoiselle and Charles Lafitte 1834.

A ‘Grande Marque' champagne – one of the top names in Champagne. Heidsieck & Co Monopole is based in Epernay. Owns 420ha of vineyards (including some of the best Grand Crus vineyards), with another 2,800ha of vineyards under long and short term contracts.

 

Vineyards are in the 3 main areas of Champagne – Cote des Blancs, Vallee de la Marne and the Montagne de Reims. The production facility for Heidsieck Monopole is at Tours sur Marne in the village of Bouzy. The Head winemaker is Dominique Pichart. He was born in Avize , the famous "Grands Crus' village. He has worked with Vranken Pommery Monopole for over 20 years.

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Wine Information

Winemaker's Tasting Notes: Light golden yellow in colour, it boasts brilliant reflections which afford this wine its full lustre. The initial impression on the nose is of an aged, open wine with layers of complexity. It has tertiary aromas of toast and vanilla. It gives the impression of being a generous, truly characterful champagne with notes of smoke and brioche.

It feels voluptuous in the mouth. It is full and generous. Its initial flavours are of mocha and candied fruit. Then, gradually, woody notes and hints of dried fruit and hazelnuts begin to emerge. This vintage develops very nicely. It is long lasting on the palate. It is delightfully fresh and lively and it is essentially creamy.

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Vintage 2007

An unusually warm spring led to early flowering and initial optimism, which soon gave way to disappointment following one of the murkiest summers on record. Overall, 2007 was a difficult vintage saved by last-minute sunshine in late-August. Mildew and rot were the main culprits of the harvest, and the level of gluconic acid rocketed. The harvest began early, on August 24th, and was abundant in volume averaging 14,242 kg/ha. Pinot Meunier posed the biggest problems and Chardonnay clearly outperformed the rest. Many of the iconic prestige cuvée blanc de blancs were successfully produced, such as Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, Ruinart Dom Ruinart, Billecart-Salmon Cuvée Louis and Salon Le Mesnil. Some blended prestige cuvées such as Louis Roederer Cristal and Philipponnat Clos des Goisses were also made. Champagnes from 2007 are typically high in acidity and restrainedly classic in style, but lack the spine and strength of the greatest harvest years. Even if the vintage only receives three stars, its best Chardonnays are well worth seeking and storing.

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