Charles Heidsieck Rosé Réserve

Champagne

THE GRAPES SELECTED FOR THIS SUPERB ROSÉ BLEND deliberately reflect the diversity and richness of the Champagne region. As Charles-Camille Heidsieck would have wished in his time, the House not only chooses the great premiers crus of the Champagne appellation for this Rosé Réserve, but strives first and foremost to highlight the typicity of each cru, its potential for expression and the palette of its nuances, year after year. This variety allows for an amazingly subtle blend: certain crus will provide fruity notes, others an impression of strength, and yet others true refinement.

Tasting Notes

A sophisticated powdery pink hue with luminous glints of wild rose. Delicate, vivacious bubbles are the result of an aging period of over 36 months. A base of 20% of reserve wines, white and red, gives this rosé blend a subtle, yet complex nose. The first fragrances are reminiscent of traditional, home-made strawberry jam mixed with the fruitiness of orchard peaches. Then follows the warm luscious notes of gingerbread with a touch of cinnamon. The deep tantalizing and powerful mouthfeel – the result of aging in two thousand year old cellars – offers a burst of strawberry, raspberry and blackberry nestled in velvety whipped cream.

LIKE THE BRUT RÉSERVE, the Rosé Réserve must meet numerous demands. It is the culmination of many deliberate, well-considered decisions.

COMPLEXITY: The 80% of wines from the harvest year are blended with one third of each variety (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier) while the 20% of reserve wines are blended in equal proportions of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. All are vinified cru by cru, variety by variety, in stainless steel vats.

PRECISION: To reach perfect balance, between freshness and delicacy on the one hand and structure and complexity on the other, the Chef de Caves applies the “House signature” by introducing reserve wines intentionally selected younger - on average 7 or 8 years - than those in the Brut Réserve.

GENEROSITY: The 5 to 6% of great wines vinified as red naturally provide tannins and the scent of red fruits, to which the Chef de Caves will add judiciously for a full-bodied, generous wine.

INTENSITY: Matured for over three years in the unique, thousand year old crayères purchased by Charles Heidsieck in 1867. Part of the historical sites of the UNESCO’s world heritage list, the crayères inspired the large base and narrow neck of the new silhouette for the non-vintage wine bottles.

40% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Meunier

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    Josh Greene, Wine & Spirits, December 2013

    "With its deep, coppery pink color, this wine shows subtle refinement in its strawberry sweetness. Persimmon and almond flavors race into the finish, where the wine is completely dry, ghosting red fruit. A fine aperitif rosé."

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    Josh Raynolds, Vinous, December 2013

    "Bright orange-pink. Smoky red berry aromas, with exotic suggestions of white flowers, buttered toast and orange zest. Ripe raspberry and tangerine flavors possess very good depth and gentle sweetness, with a zesty mineral nuance adding lift and cut. Fresh red fruit notes dominate the juicy finish, which leaves a toasty, leesy note behind"

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    Josh Raynolds, Vinous, January 2015

    "Light, bright orange. Intensely perfumed scents of raspberry, orange zest, white flowers and chalky minerals.  Juicy and precise in the mouth, offering vibrant red berry and blood orange flavors and a complicating hint of brioche.  The floral quality comes back strong on the very long, incisive finish, which features a subtle anise quality and smoky minerality. About 20% of the Pinot Noir here was in the form of still red wine."

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    Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, December 2015

    "Pale in color, this fragrant wine has some bottle age that gives a toast and almond character. Ripe strawberry flavors balance between softness and a crisp, tight aftertaste. It is ready to drink."

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    Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, December 2016

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    Josh Raynolds, Vinous, December 2012

    "Orange-pink. Potent, smoke-accented aromas of raspberry, cherry, anise and iodine. Rich and energetic, offering intense red fruit and bitter orange flavors and notes of buttered toast and rose pastille. Closes with very good breadth and outstanding length, leaving a gentle spicy note behind."

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    Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, December 2012

    "This is a beautifully balanced and elegant offering, with pleasant fruitiness, tight acidity and a fragrant, crisp character. It’s full bodied, and falls in the middle of the brut spectrum of dryness. This is ready to drink now."

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    Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, December 2014

    "With its onion-skin color, this already shows age. The palate, with its mature reflection and beautiful rounded texture, confirms this. Rich, well balanced and gently mature, it has retained enough red fruits to keep an element of freshness. It is a food wine, rich and full in the mouth."

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    Nick Stock, James Suckling, July 2015

    "Attractive pale red color. The nose has pure and fresh red berry fruit aromas with a little pastry-like complexity; really vibrant. The palate's a little richer than the nose suggests, but still crisp and packed with light red berry fruit flavors. Strawberry really singles itself out on the finish. Balanced, supple and smooth. Drink now."

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    Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate, June 2016

    "Based on 2008 and 20% younger reserve wines (averaging five-years-old) the NV Rosé Reserve includes 5% red wine. Disgorged in early 2015, this cuvée shows a delicate bouquet that leads to a lovely, pure, elegant, intense and complex palate that is full of finesse and tension. The finish is long and salty, very clear and nicely dry. Great aging potential."

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