Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve
EYE: The Brut Réserve boasts a deep golden hue. Delicate, vivacious and long-lasting bubbles are the result of a long, slow maturing process in chalk cellars*.
NOSE: Thanks to 50% of reserve wines, the blend offers an elegant nose: freshly baked brioche, rich toasted notes and sun-drenched fruits - mango, apricot and mirabelle plum - accented by dried fruits, pistachio and almond.
PALATE: The texture is reminiscent of a crisp layer of nougatine on a velvety cream pastry, filled with plump red plums and ripe cherries. The selection of reserve wines gives the wine lushness. The finish reveals a touch of praline along with vanilla and glazed notes.
The aromatic sophistication of this wine makes it easy to pair with both seafood and meat dishes.
FROM THE LAND: San Daniele ham, Culatello di zibello, Poultry terrine with hazelnuts, Fish & chips with truffles
FROM THE SEA: Salmon tartare, Monkfish with ceps and chanterelles
CHEESES: Brie de Meaux, Chaource Mozarella
THREE MAIN CRUS, ESSENTIAL TO CHARLES' SIGNATURE. Among the sixty Champagne crus chosen to make this emblematic cuvée, three are pillars of the Brut Réserve style: Oger (Grand Cru Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs) brings its fleshy and generous notes; Ambonnay (Grand Cru Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims) is synonymous with power, structure and fruity notes; and Verneuil (Meunier from the Vallée de la Marne), ensures its balance and its smooth texture.
Sophisticated combination of up to 150 still wines and strict selection of juices drawn exclusively from the 1st press.
The blend can exceed 50% of reserve wines, aged up to 20 years. A very high proportion compared to the 15-20% usual average of most direct competitors. Prolonged ageing of 3 to 4 years in chalk cellars, well beyond the norms of the region.
Discerning selection of some 60 crus from less than 20% of the Champagne crus.
BLEND: 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay and 20% Meunier
VINIFICATION: cru by cru, varietal by varietal, in stainless steel vats 5 to 10% of wine vinified in old Burgundy oak barrels
DOSAGE: appropriate: 9 g/l
CELLARING: Drink from now until 2030