Charles Heidsieck Millésime Vintage Brut

Champagne

2012 was an obvious choice for Charles Heidsieck to declare as a vintage.  After the phenominal 2008 vintage, which required ageing to show its full potential, 2012 provides a beautiful contrast as a very classic and elegant vintage.  Comprising ten meticulously selected Grand Crus and Premiers Crus, this cuvée is enticing for its pleasant smoothness, aromatic intensity and the saline freshness that is so typical of the House.  Its elegance and depth make it ideal for enjoying and pairing with the most sophisticated dishes.  Perfectly suited for further ageing.

Tasting Notes

The 2012 vintage is a beautiful pale golden yellow; with fine bubbles that are both delicate and dynamic.  Initially, the nose shows subtle toasted and smoked notes with a touch of liquorice and earthy tones.  When swirled in the glass, fruity notes of apricot, blackthorn, quince, blueberry and fresh almonds add an extra dimension to the wine.  This incredible aromatic concentration, very typical of the year, is the focus of the wine's merit.  The palate is mineral and taut with excellent freshness, with notes of quince, vanilla and vineyard peaches on the mid-palate, followed by a firm, crisp finish.  An excellent pairing with smoked dishes such as smoked eel, smoked Scamorza, and roast chicken with chicory sauce.  A lovely vintage which will continue to develop great complexity and generosity over time.

The year 2012 in Champagne - harmony reigns despite trying weather conditions.  Some people will not hesitate to compare this vintage to spectacular years like 1990 or 1996, and yet the success of the resulting wines might be considered something of a miracle given the challenges of the year.  Nature had us fearing the worst in 2012 when it unleashed a range of climate catastrophes on the vineyards. The spring brought violent attacks of mildew, torrential rains, hailstorms, cold snaps during flowering, followed by heat and water stress that drove yield down by 30%.  But a beautiful, sunny summer enabled slow maturing and good concentration in the grapes, resulting in a late harvest.  The grapes proved to be of excellent quality: rich in sugar and with good acidity.

Blend: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay Composed of 10 Grands and Premiers Crus: Oger, Vertus, Chouilly, Cuis, Verzy, Aÿ, Ludes, Ambonnay, Tauxières, Avenay Aged minimum 6 years on the lees. To be enjoyed within 10 years.

The Millésime 2008 is a blend of ten Grands and Premiers Crus meticulously selected by the House, replete with indulgence and the refinement of wines dating from the early 2000s. It continues to express a magnificent minerality, intensity and acidity throughout the tasting experience. In addition to these excellent qualities, this vintage already displays all the elegance of a great vintage, a typical feature of the Charles Heidsieck House. The Millésime 2008 will be enhanced with time, more particularly with regard to dining as it is honoured at all tables.

Tasting Notes

TO THE EYE: A brilliant golden yellow, scintillating with glints of green and delicate effervescence.  ON THE NOSE: The nose is complex with notes of candied citrus and dried fruits, with overtones of pecan and hazelnut.  ON THE PALATE: The attack is vivacious and taut before pivoting to a rounder, more generous texture, leading to an iodine tautness and a more pronounced minerality. The long finish expresses a wealth of rich aromas, unfurling notes of caramel and citrus, such as yuzu.

The year 2008 in Champagne - A well-balanced year despite cold weather during flowering.  The fall was wonderfully fresh and dry in 2008, followed by a rather mild winter, disrupted only by periods of precipitation towards the beginning of spring.  In the midst of June, a crucial moment in the flowering, a bitter cold period presented a potential threat to the vines. Worried winegrowers were relieved in mid-September to note the quality of their very best vines. Following a series of unusual years, either in volume or precocity of the harvest, 2008 returned to the Champagne norms. Clement weather during the harvests ensured very healthy, ripe grapes.

Blend: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay Composed of 10 Grands and Premiers Crus: Oger, Vertus, Chouilly, Cuis, Verzy, Aÿ, Ludes, Ambonnay, Tauxières, Avenay Aged 10 years on the lees. To be enjoyed within 10 years.

A CHAMPAGNE WITH A DISTINCTIVE PERSONALITY and an aromatic profile underscoring the very meaning of the term vintage, this cuvée highlights the flagship of this particular year. The fruit of 2006 held good acidity and this vintage presents excellent cellaring potential. It is a beautiful classic which, thanks to more than ten years of aging in the ancient chalk Crayères, it fully reveals its excellence, placing it among the world’s greatest Champagnes.

Tasting Notes

A beautiful deep golden hue shimmering with remarkable brilliance and enhanced by a subtle but dynamic effervescence, the aromatics generously prevail first and foremost with floral notes laced with touches of jasmine and honeysuckle. A cornucopia of fruit ensues with fragrance of white peach, fresh apricot, Mirabelle plum, grapefruit, and yuzu each vying for prominence. When swirled, subtle notes of bergamot, toasted hazelnut, licorice, and freshly-grated coconut offer a magnificent complexity to the multi-dimensional bouquet. A harmony of silky textures of nougat and butter cream complement salinity and minerality. Generous and full-bodied with a rich mouth feel this blend imparts a lasting finish.

Blend: 59% Pinot Noir, 41% Chardonnay Composed of 10 crus including, for the Pinot Noir: Aÿ, Verzy, Tauxières, Rilly, Avenay, Louvois, and Ambonnay; and for the Chardonnay: Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger, and Vertus. Aged 9 years on the lees. To be enjoyed within 10 years.

THE FRUITS OF AN EXCEPTIONAL VINTAGE AND GENEROUS HARVEST, 2005 indisputably revealed itself to be a “Typiquement Charles” year. The decision to make 2005 a vintage year without having released the traditional 2002 or 2004 wines from the region is the audacious decision of a free‑spirited House with a vision as far-reaching as the respect it holds for its reserve wines. The Cellar Master therefore reserved the 2002 and 2004 wines, based on their perfect qualities, to the “central bank” of Charles Heidsieck reserve wines: the House’s ultimate treasure. It is true to say that Charles is always where you least expect him!

Tasting Notes

The deep, reflective gold hue offers a delicate, lively effervescence. An initial voluptuousness with pronounced aromas of blueberry tart and cooked mirabelle plums, followed by the warm autumn notes of candied chestnuts and honey, with a surprising hint of pralines and lightly roasted hazelnuts. The meticulous selection of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay heralds the complex personality of this exceptional vintage. The incredible balance offers the firmness expected of a great champagne as well as an autumnal unctuousness which one might anticipate from the climatic condition offered by this vintage, characterized by generous flavors of roasted apricots, dates and figs which delicately cover the palate. The creamy texture is reminiscent of an almond custard, followed by delicious notes of apricot tart with almonds and whipped cream.

The 2005 vintage offered early signs of excellence. The first hand harvesting started on the 9th of September. Optimal conditions reigned over the harvest in terms of quality and quantity, with grapes showing supreme balance in terms of alcohol level and acidity, a promise of freshness. Picking took place in cool, dry and sunny weather. The cool nights also encouraged the development of sugar in the berries. Thanks to the heat and the mid-season rain, the bunches were heavier than average and very rich in sugar with a potential alcohol volume of around 10%. In addition to these good omens, the acidity levels at harvest were higher than average and, as such, ensure good balance and promised an extended aging capacity for this Vintage.

60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay

  • 94

    points

    Wine Advocate, August 2022

    "Soon to be released in magnum, the 2012 Brut Millésimé continues to show well, delivering aromas of citrus zest, crisp orchard fruit, freshly baked bread, buttery pastry and beeswax and framed by a deft touch of smoky reduction. Medium to full-bodied, racy and chiseled, with fine depth at the core and a long, penetrating finish, this bottle was disgorged in summer 2021."

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  • 95

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    James Suckling, November 2021

    "Very lemony (blossoms, zest and candied peel), with some red-berry and fresh tobacco-leaf notes. Impressive richness and concentration, the creaminess from lees beautifully matched by the fine mousse and mineral freshness. The latter also powers the structured and saline finish that makes a serious statement. A blend of 60% pinot noir and 40% chardonnay, disgorged in 2020. Drink or hold."

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  • 93

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    Wine Spectator, October 2019

    "Well-cut and refreshing, this is lacy in texture and finely knit, with rich hints of toasted brioche and candied orange peel accenting the black cherry, salted almond and chalk notes that linger on the finish. Drink now through 2026.—"

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  • 95

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    Wine Advocate, August 2019

    "Disgorged in February 2019 with eight grams per liter dosage, the 2008 Brut Millésimé unfurls in the glass with beautiful aromas of citrus oil, crisp green apple, linden, fresh walnuts and warm bread. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, taut and incisive, with a deep and layered core that integrates its racy spine of acidity, excellent concentration and a long, delicately nutty finish. Impeccably balanced, this is Heidsieck's finest vintage bottling since the 1980s."

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  • 97

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    Wine Enthusiast, December 2020

    "Editor's Choice. Aged for 10 years on its lees before disgorgement, this impressive vintage Champagne is perfectly mature. The touches of maturity have moved the wine into richness, the fruit and acidity filling out and deepening. This is a great Champagne from a great vintage, ready to drink."

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  • 92

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    Wine Advocate, April 2019

    "The 2006 Brut Millésimé spent nine years on the lees and was disgorged in 2017 with ten grams per liter dosage. The wine expresses the sunny vintage, exhibiting generous aromas of mirabelle plum, crisp yellow orchard fruit, confit citrus, toasted nuts and dried white flowers. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, ample and mouthfilling, with a youthfully boisterous but elegant mousse, a fleshy core of fruit and a rich, expansive finish. This is a gourmand vintage of Heidsieck's vintage Brut, and it will be best enjoyed at table; it will age more on its concentration and extract than its acidity. The blend is a classic 59% Pinot Noir and 41% Chardonnay."

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  • 93

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    Wine Spectator, December 2018

    "Rich notes of pastry, crushed cherry, espresso cream, saffron and spice are well-meshed with vibrant acidity in this expressive Champagne. Fine and creamy in texture, with a racy, tightly knit finish that should unfold nicely with age. Disgorged in 2017. Drink now through 2028. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 90 cases imported."

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  • 91

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    Josh Greene, Wine & Spirits, December 2013

    "A zaftig 2000, this feels voluminous and heady with toasty scents and mature complexity. The golden color and creamy integration of the bubbles suggest enjoying it now, with foie gras."

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  • 91

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    Josh Greene, Wine & Spirits, December 2015

    "Plump and rich, this fits clearly within the house style, its flavors broadened by scents of marzipan and spicebox complexity. It's potent and dense, almost gamey in its power, with a slightly green edge to the acidity that should mellow as the wine ages further."

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  • 92

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    Antonio Galloni, Vinous, November 2015

    "The 2005 Brut Vintage is an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next few years. Brioche, pastry, baked apple and apricot are some of the notes that flesh out in the glass. Supple, expressive and inviting, the 2005 offers lovely balance, especially for the year. Warm, toasty notes meld into the resonant, enveloping finish. This is quite lovely. Disgorged: May 6, 2014."

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  • 92

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    Josh Greene, Wine & Spirits, December 2012

    "This transforms the sweet ripeness of the 2000 vintage into ornate flavor, matching the intensity of its white chalk minerality with broad apricot notes. It’s a round wine with the stamina to carry those complex flavors through a long finish."

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  • 93

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    Nick Stock, James Suckling, July 2015

    "This has terrific composure, among the fresher and better-presented of the vintage in terms of aromas. It's toasty with grilled hazelnuts, chalky and flinty. Aromas are in the pithy grapefruit and dried peach spectrum, with lemon too. The palate's seamless, powerful and quite deeply flavored. It climbs high and wide, then focuses neatly through the finish as acidity chimes in as well as some cherry flavor that steadies and balances. Great drinking now."

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  • 93

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    Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, September 2015

    "Apricot and black currant preserve notes are layered with racy acidity and flavors of grilled nut, pastry cream and candied lemon peel in this creamy, elegant Champagne. Rich and finely balanced, with a vibrant, smoke-tinged finish. Disgorged 2014. Drink now through 2028."

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  • 93+

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    Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate, June 2016

    "The 2005 Vintage Brut – a classic mix of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay – is a very ripe and concentrated Champagne with a bit of bitterness in the finish. "2005 was austere as a young wine, but since 2015, it shows very well and promises a very good aging potential," finds chef de cave Régis Camus. The wine opens deep, pure and fresh on the nose, with very clear white fruit aromas, spiced bread and a very clear definition. Light, fresh and finesse-full on the silky-textured palate, but also round and intense, this is a very elegant and refined vintage Champagne. It has a pure and fresh finish, and a long and intense aftertaste."

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  • 95

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    Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, December 2014

    "Still very young, this holds great potential. Rich, full-bodied and densely structured, it is a wine first, sparkling second. Ripe apple and peach flavors partner with a strongly mineral texture. It needs to age more in bottle, so drink from 2016."

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