Charles Heidsieck Millésime Vintage Brut
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.
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 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!
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