Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Blancs
EYE: Pale, crystalline gold with the typical glints of the Chardonnay varietal.
NOSE: The aromas of mature Chardonnay can be recognised initially: white peach, candied citrus with notes of lime, honeysuckle and fresh hazelnut, giving way to subtle hints of tangerine and lemon.
PALATE: Freshness and tautness mark this typically Charles generosity: the attack is pure and forthright, not aggressive with a surprising suavity for a Blanc de Blancs and emblematic of the maturation of wines in two thousand-year-old chalk cellars.
The Chardonnay from this Blanc de Blancs offers a bold attack and a balanced finish, surprising for its minerality. This salinity and elegant tautness make for a perfect pairing with seafood dishes or creamy cheeses that will contrast nicely with its vivacity.
FROM THE SEA: Carpaccio of scallops with citrus fruits, Oysters of St Vaast n°2, Arctic char with tarragon, Sashimi of sea bream with yuzu zest, Ceviche of mahi-mahi with pineapple and mango, Alaskan king crab legs with green curry mayonnaise
CHEESES: Young Pecorino, Young Ossau Iraty, Herbs cheeses
VINIFICATION: Cru by cru, varietal by varietal, in stainless steel vats 10 to 15% of wine vinified in old Burgundy oak barrels
DOSAGE: Appropriate 8 g/l
A velvety effervescence thanks to 25% of reserve wines with an average age of 5 years. Prolonged ageing of between 3 to 4 years in cellars, far beyond the the norms of the region,
10 crus of Chardonnay, the most sought-after grapes in the region. A majority of grapes from the Côte des Blancs (Oger and Vertus account for 50%), complemented by crus from the Montagne de Reims, the Sézannais and the Aube: Villers-Marmery, Trépail, Vaudemange and Montgueux. Juices exclusively from the first press.
BLEND: 100% Chardonnay
CELLARING: Drink now until 2030