Charles Heidsieck Millésime Vintage Rosé

Champagne

FOR ONLY THE SECOND TIME IN THE HISTORY OF CHARLES HEIDSIECK, the Chef de Caves has decided to disgorge the Vintage Rosé 2006 before the next scheduled vintage rosé: a 2005. An oenological decision explained by the magnificent potential, already achieved by the 2006. Before revealing its full expression, this superb rosé underwent long aging on lees for more than 7 years in the dark calm and constant temperature (50°F) of the House’s chalk cellars. It was then left to rest for 9 months after disgorging to refine its depth and ensure perfect uniformity. A call for patience and serenity: the 2005 could wait a little longer…

Tasting Notes

A beautiful pale pink hue with amber glints reminiscent of the color of apricots, enhanced by discreet, pearly bubbles and incomparable finesse. Intensely perfumed, the complex nose immediately announces a powerful, structured, great rosé wine. The Pinots Noirs, vinified as still red (8% of the blend) give the wine a particular aroma: that which comes from a simmering pot of bubbling strawberry jam, candied fruit mingled with mild spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, honey and pink praline. A true journey through flavor, the palate revels in the creamy sensation of juicy plums. This wine is characterized by a silky texture reminiscent of fig pie, pine nuts, and sweet pastries. Spicier notes of liquorish and cumin then come into play. The finish is warm and round, marked by notes of blackberry tea, cherries, pink peppercorns and fresh figs.

In 2006, the winter was cold with a heavy snowfall. After a spring punctuated by several violent thunderstorms in May, summer began with scorching heat. Although July achieved record temperatures for the month, it gave way to a very rainy, cold August. This fluctuation of hot and cool periods, with a return to dry and sunny weather in September, was particularly beneficial for the maturation of the grapes and successful harvesting.

The 2006 winegrowing year was similar to that of 2005 with optimal harvests both in terms of quantity and quality. However the grapes proved to be much riper, with a slightly lower acidity level, than in 2005 with an average potential alcohol content of 10.1 g/l as compared with 9.6 g/l in the preceding year. Immediately, the decision to make 2006 a Vintage release year was obvious.

63% Pinot Noir, 37% Chardonnay and 8% Red Wines

15 crus from the Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Blancs were selected from the Champagne appellation to craft this grand vintage. These included Oger, Mesnil-sur-Oger, Cramant and Vertus for the Chardonnays; and Avenay, Louvois, Tauxières, Ambonnay, and Ay for the Pinot Noirs. Red wines from Bouzy, Ambonnay, Verzenay, Hautvillers and Les Riceys completed the blend.

GENEROUS AND PRECISE, THIS IS CLASSIC BEAUTY IN THE TRADITION OF CHAMPAGNE took its time to mature and, thanks to the sunlight during the year, it developed a generous angular structure which, over the years, became full-bodied and radiant. After more than 10 years on the lees, even having the 2006 vintage precede it, this Rosé has today fulfilled its promise - a redolent and powerful wine with excellent aging potential.

Tasting Notes

Elegant, pearly pink with delicate, joyful effervescence, the 2005 cuvée offers a deep, powerful, and luxurious notes of kirsch, ripe cherries, plum, pomegranate, and cranberry. Rich, radiant and generous, this cornucopia of ripe fruit yields to hints of rich pastries and brioche alongside freshly churned butter. With subtle flavors of candied grapefruit giving way to hints of underbrush, this unbridled and indulgent wine features a power and depth with its full body and long-lasting aromatic persistence.

Blend: 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, 10% complementary red grape varieties.   Composed of a selection of 12 Grands and Premiers Crus including Ay, Ambonnay, Louvois, Tauxières, Ludes, Cumières, Verzy, Villers Marmery, Vertus, Avize, Oger, Trépail, Les Riceys, and La Montagne de Reims.   Aged more than 10 years on the lees.   To be enjoyed within 12 years.

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    Charles Heidsieck Millésime Vintage Rosé
    Antonio Galloni, Vinous, November 2015

    "Heidsieck's 2006 Brut Rosé Vintage offers good immediacy and plenty of intensity, both of which make it quite appealing. Still a bit tight, the 2006 could use another year or more in bottle to soften. Although light in color, the 2006 packs a pretty serious punch. Hints of orange zest, chalk and white pepper add an attractive upper register on the finish. With time in the glass, the 2006 softens nicely, hinting at a bright future. Disgorged: October 28, 2014."

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    Josh Greene, Wine & Spirits, December 2012

    "Mature and elegant, this still holds some floral notes along with scents of fresh, crusty baguette. The fruit has strawberry high notes, touching on sweetness in the end. For a fine mousse truffée."

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    Josh Greene, Wine & Spirits, December 2015

    "The brisk focus of fruit grown in limestone gives this wine's Pinot Noir depths of fruit a firm shape and brash tension. Meanwhile, the richness of the wine makes it soft to the touch broad, zesty, firm and lasting, this is built age."

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    Josh Greene, Wine & Spirits, December 2013

    "A transparent beauty from 1999, this rosé hums with red fruit. It layers red spices with wild mushroom scents, green fig and floral strawberries, maintaining clarity and freshness through its fine bubbles. The flavors are generous and bold, while held with tight-fisted discretion. Pour this with roast arctic char and hen-of-the-woods mushrooms."

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    Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, December 2015

    "This is a pale-colored wine with a finely wrought texture and great fruit. It is tight and mineral on the one hand, but balanced with the crispest red-currant flavors that offer a bright line in acidity. Delicious hints of age round out the final fresh aftertaste."

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    Charles Heidsieck Millésime Vintage Rosé
    Nick Stock, James Suckling, July 2015

    "A pale hue in the glass, this has a savory nose that delivers a very nicely struck toasty edge with chalky pastry and faint red fruits. The palate's sophisticated fine texture is mesmerizing. This really dances, leaving a trail of red berry fruits in its wake, through to a long, pure and fresh, spicy finish. Drink now."

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    Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate, June 2016

    "Charles Heidsieck's 2006 Brut Rosé (with 10% Pinot Noir red wine) has been launched before the 2005. Disgorged at the end of 2014, the wine offers a delicate and intense wild strawberry flavor with some lovely spicy aromas on the nose. Ample, full and round, this is a lovely matured Rosé with a super intense and aromatic Pinot character (sweet cherries, red berries). The finish underlines the great complexity, purity and finesse of this vinous Rosé. There are cherry aromas again in the long aftertaste. An impressive Rosé."

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    Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, September 2015

    "This focused rosé Champagne offers a mousse with the texture of raw silk, which swathes the firm frame in layers of roasted hazelnut, baked peach, toasted brioche and crème de cassis flavors, with a rich and smoky underpinning and accents of candied kumquat, espresso, ground ginger and cumin that expand on the finish. Drink now through 2030."

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