Charles Heidsieck Vintage Rosé
FOR ONLY THE SECOND TIME IN THE HISTORY OF CHARLES HEIDSIECK, the Chef de Caves has decided to disgorge the Vintage Rosé 2006 before the next scheduled vintage rosé: a 2005. An oenological decision explained by the magnificent potential, already achieved by the 2006. Before revealing its full expression, this superb rosé underwent long aging on lees for more than 7 years in the dark calm and constant temperature (50°F) of the House’s chalk cellars. It was then left to rest for 9 months after disgorging to refine its depth and ensure perfect uniformity. A call for patience and serenity: the 2005 could wait a little longer…
A beautiful pale pink hue with amber glints reminiscent of the color of apricots, enhanced by discreet, pearly bubbles and incomparable finesse. Intensely perfumed, the complex nose immediately announces a powerful, structured, great rosé wine. The Pinots Noirs, vinified as still red (8% of the blend) give the wine a particular aroma: that which comes from a simmering pot of bubbling strawberry jam, candied fruit mingled with mild spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, honey and pink praline. A true journey through flavor, the palate revels in the creamy sensation of juicy plums. This wine is characterized by a silky texture reminiscent of fig pie, pine nuts, and sweet pastries. Spicier notes of liquorish and cumin then come into play. The finish is warm and round, marked by notes of blackberry tea, cherries, pink peppercorns and fresh figs.
In 2006, the winter was cold with a heavy snowfall. After a spring punctuated by several violent thunderstorms in May, summer began with scorching heat. Although July achieved record temperatures for the month, it gave way to a very rainy, cold August. This fluctuation of hot and cool periods, with a return to dry and sunny weather in September, was particularly beneficial for the maturation of the grapes and successful harvesting.
The 2006 winegrowing year was similar to that of 2005 with optimal harvests both in terms of quantity and quality. However the grapes proved to be much riper, with a slightly lower acidity level, than in 2005 with an average potential alcohol content of 10.1 g/l as compared with 9.6 g/l in the preceding year. Immediately, the decision to make 2006 a Vintage release year was obvious.
63% Pinot Noir, 37% Chardonnay and 8% Red Wines
15 crus from the Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Blancs were selected from the Champagne appellation to craft this grand vintage. These included Oger, Mesnil-sur-Oger, Cramant and Vertus for the Chardonnays; and Avenay, Louvois, Tauxières, Ambonnay, and Ay for the Pinot Noirs. Red wines from Bouzy, Ambonnay, Verzenay, Hautvillers and Les Riceys completed the blend.