Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve

Champagne

COMPLEX, PROFOUND AND INDULGENT, the Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve has been given the gift of time, as one discovers upon tasting it. The House specifies on each bottle the year of cellaring and of disgorgement to advise connoisseurs on the cellar aging process. The rare, thousand year old Crayères, purchased by Charles Heidsieck in 1867, inspired the bottle’s large base and narrow neck to create a new silhouette for the non-vintage wine bottles. This unique shape increases the volume of wine in contact with the lees, thereby enhancing its aromatic range and the complexity of the Brut Réserve.

Tasting Notes

A shimmering golden hue. Delicate, vivacious and long-lasting bubbles are the result of a long and slow maturing process in chalk crayères. With 40% of reserve wines, the blend offers a complex, voluptuous nose with notes of freshly baked brioche and the richness of toasted nuts and sun-drenched fruits - mango, apricot and greengage plum- along with a touch of dried fruits, pistachio and almond. The meticulous selection of crus ensures the delicious and sophisticated harmony of this champagne. The texture is reminiscent of a crisp layer of nougat on a velvety cream pastry filled with plump, red plums and ripe cherries. The reserve wines, some dating back more than 15 years, give the wine lushness. The depth of the two-thousand year old chalk cellars where the wine matures helps the cuvée develop a touch of praline along with confectionary notes and vanilla.

THE BRUT RÉSERVE EXPRESSES the very quintessence of the Charles Heidsieck style. Easily recognizable, this wine is the result of a unique blend that can be summarized in one equation: 60/40/10. 60 : the number of hand-selected crus for a blend that is precise, crisp and tailor-made. Wines produced in the harvest year, a third for each variety (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier), are vinified cru by cru, variety by variety, in stainless steel vats. 40 : a high proportion of 40% reserve wines, equally divided between Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, ensure the fine complexity and voluptuousness of the Brut Réserve. 10 : the reserve wines average age, extraordinary for Champagne. Sourced from the best crus produced in the greatest years, the wines placed in reserve are kept for between 5 and 15 years in stainless steel tanks. This maturing time is essential for their refinement and for the development of their aromatic range.

From amongst the 60 crus selected to create this iconic wine, three form the stylistic pillars of the Brut Réserve: Oger (Chardonnay grand cru from the Côte des Blancs) gives it fleshy, generous notes; Ambonnay (Pinot Noir grand cru from the Montagne de Reims) synonymous with strength, structure and fruitiness; and finally Verneuil (Meunier from the Marne Valley), ensures balance and unctuous texture. EXCEPTIONAL MATURATION. The Cellar Master adds an essential principle to the “Charles style”: the dimension of Time - his “fourth grape variety” - that is taken far beyond the 15-month norm of the region.

40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Meunier

  • 91

    points

    Wine Spectator, December 2021

    "A well-cut Champagne, with a fragrant, lightly toasty overtone. This offers a fine, lively mousse carrying flavors of black currant, lemon curd, brioche and candied ginger. Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. Disgorged 2020. Drink now through 2024. 4,000 cases imported."

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  • 91

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    Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, November 2018

    "Rich hints of toasted brioche and coffee liqueur are layered with black cherry and mandarin orange peel flavors in this creamy Champagne. Fine and satiny on the palate, with lemony acidity refreshing the lingering finish. Disgorged 2018. Drink now through 2021. 4,500 cases imported."

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  • 92

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    Wine Advocate, April 2019

    "Based on the 2010 vintage and disgorged in 2018 with 11 grams per liter dosage, the latest release of the NV Brut Réserve incorporates fully 40% of reserve wines that average ten years of age. It's an excellent Champagne, wafting from the glass with a complex bouquet of brioche, waxy lemon rind, mandarin and dried white flowers. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, rich but precise, with a brisk mousse, a generous core of fruit and a precise, elegantly chalky finish. This cuvée just goes from strength to strength, and for now, it remains a great value, considering its depth and complexity."

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  • 92

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    Wine Enthusiast, December 2020

    "An extra touch of aging before disgorgement has given this Champagne a fine balance. Hints of toast as well as tight acidity have come from the equal blend of the three main grapes. The fruitiness is still very present, offering crisp citrus to balance the edge of maturity. Drink now."

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  • 92

    points

    Wine Spectator, December 2020

    "An elegant Champagne, bright and mouthwatering, offering flavors of black currant, lemon curd, toasted almond candied ginger set on a silky mousse and lingering on the creamy finish. Drink now through 2023. 4,000 cases imported."

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  • 92

    points

    Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, December 2016

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  • 92+

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    Wine Advocate, August 2019

    "Based on the 2014 vintage, complemented by fully 40% old reserve wines, the new release of Charles Heidsieck's NV Brut Réserve was disgorged earlier this year. It's showing very well, opening up in the glass with notes of green apple, dried white flowers, pear, candied peel and walnuts. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, deep and layered, with a textural attack and a racier, tighter-knit core than either the 2012- or 2010-base renditions, displaying good concentration and underlying richness. This is a bottling that continues to punch above its weight and which both merits and rewards a few years in the cellar before opening."

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  • 93

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    Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, October 2016

    "This vibrant version shows a range of toasted brioche, baked cherry, crystalized honey, grated ginger and coconut flavors, remaining light-footed and lively throughout. Beautifully balanced, with a lasting, mouthwatering finish. Disgorged 2014. Drink now through 2020. 5,000 cases imported."

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  • 94

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    James Suckling, November 2021

    "Remarkable depth of mature aromas - tons of candied lemon peel, dried pear and brioche - plus wonderful textural richness on the palate make this stand out amongst the regular Brut NVs. Then comes the intense and very long, mineral finish to crown this prince of the category. Based on 2016 base wines, but with 52% reserve wines, almost a third of which were 10 to 20 years of age. Drink or hold."

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  • 95

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    Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel, September 2016

    "Charles "Champagne Charlie" Heidsieck was one of the first to recognize the importance of the US as a Champagne market - the rest is history. Long, bright, toasty and yeasty; stunning."

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