Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Blancs

Champagne

IN ITS TYPICAL SAVOIR-FAIRE, THE HOUSE SERVES A NEW CUVÉE reinforcing that Charles Heidsieck was one of the very first Champagne Houses to demonstrate its passion for Chardonnay by producing a Blanc de Blancs with its 1949 vintage. There is also evidence that the Maison had produced such singular crus from the Côte des Blancs as early as1906. With this cuvée, relaunched in 2018, two of the House’s areas of expertise come together – the production of excellent white wines and the art of blending a large selection of wines from different years and terroirs – while managing the challenge is to make opposites coexist – the tautness and the freshness of young Chardonnays on the one hand, and the silky “Charles” character on the other.

Tasting Notes

Pale gold and crystalline in appearance, the aromas of mature Chardonnay are immediately recognized. Resplendent with white peach, candied citrus, lime, and honeysuckle complemented by hints of hazelnut, the cuvée unfolds to subtle nuances of tangerine and lemon. With a freshness and tautness marked by the typical Charles generosity, this velvety, full-bodied cuvée features the aromatic complexity which is the hallmark of Charles Heidsieck and characterized by prolonged aging in the chalk cellars for 25% of this blend.

75% Chardonnay from the 2012 harvest and 25% reserve wines with an average age of 5 years. Composed mainly of crus from the Côte des Blancs (Oger, Vertus) completed by crus from Villers-Marmery, Trépail, Vaudemange, and Montgueux. Aged more than 4 years on the lees. To be enjoyed within 7 years.

  • 91

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    Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Blancs
    Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, November 2018

    "Hints of toast and hazelnut form a rich thread running through the poached pear, plum, preserved lemon and grated ginger flavors of this mouthwatering Champagne, with a satiny bead. Disgorged 2017. Drink now through 2021. 90 cases imported"

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  • 92

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    Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Blancs
    Wine Advocate, April 2019

    "This release of Charles Heidsieck's NV Blanc de Blancs was disgorged in 2017 with ten grams per liter dosage and is based on the 2012 vintage, complemented by 25% of reserve wines. It's a beautiful wine, offering up a classy bouquet of lemon oil, crisp green apple, fresh brioche and pastry cream. On the palate, it's finer-boned and less muscular than the flagship Blanc de Millénaires, with brisk acids, a fine mousse and a delicately chalky finish. While it's drinking well today, I expect it to take on more complexity and depth with further time on the cork. This is a precise but charming blanc de blancs that's a welcome addition to the Charles Heidsieck portfolio."

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    Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Blancs
    Wine Advocate, August 2019

    "Based on the 2012 vintage, the latest rendition of Heidsieck's NV Blanc de Blancs incorporates some 20% reserve wines, derived from younger vintages to emphasize what Cyril Brun described as the "youthful" side of Chardonnay, in contrast to the mature expression of that cépage offered by the house's Blanc de Millénaires. Unwinding in the glass with aromas of citrus oil, white flowers, green apple and walnut oil, complemented by some of the empyreumatic nuances so typical of the base vintage, it's a medium to full-bodied, elegantly textural and incisive wine that's lively and inviting. It was disgorged last year with nine grams per liter dosage."

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    Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Blancs
    Wine Spectator, November 2020

    "Aromatic with hints of lemon blossom and spice, this graceful Champagne is fine and creamy in texture. Lightly mouthwatering and well-knit, with flavors of nectarine, toast, star anise and candied ginger. Disgorged 2019. Drink now through 2025. 105 cases imported."

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    Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Blancs
    Wine Enthusiast, December 2020

    "Editor's Choice. Fruit from the Côte des Blancs weaves its usual magic of minerality and a tense texture. That combines with touch of toastiness, the ripe citrus fruits and the wine's great balance. This is a beautiful Champagne, ready to drink."

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