Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve

Champagne

COMPLEX THEREFORE INTRIGUING... IN CHARLES’ IMAGE. Particularly renowned for its unique aromatic signature, this non-vintage champagne delivers a complex and indulgent nose with a precise, yet luscious mouthfeel that testify to a quality that the world’s most accomplished tasters and aficionados can recognise blind.

Tasting Notes

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.

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

Discerning selection of some 60 crus from less than 20% of the Champagne crus.

  • 91

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    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 Advocate, August 2022

    "Based on the 2017 vintage, complemented by 50% reserve wines (emphasizing Pinot, which was in short supply in the base vintage), Heidsieck's NV Brut Réserve exhibits aromas of sweet citrus fruit, buttery pastry, dried white flowers, bee pollen, crisp orchard fruit and praline. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and seamless, with a pretty core of fruit, lively acids and chalky structure, it's a giving, charming wine that will offer a broad drinking window."

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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

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    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

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    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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    Wine Enthusiast, December 2022

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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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