Charles Heidsieck Champagne Blanc des Millénaires in gift box 2006
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|The 6th edition of this luxurious and highly sought after Champagne|
|100% Côte des Blancs chardonnay of the very best quality|
|With an impressive storage potential|
Champagne Brut Réserve
Exquisite champagne with a gossamer mousse and overwhelming depth and finesse. Complex and pure in scent with nuances of orange blossom, pineapple, mango, almond pastry and white flowers. The taste is powerful, silky smooth and extremely refined at the same time as a beautiful freshness and minerality. The final is a dizzy weekend long.
Brut Millénaires, Charles Heidsieck
The Blanc des Millénaires is without doubt one of the most exclusive and most sought after prestige Champagnes in the world. This famous wine is made by historic Champagne house Charles Heidsieck. This is not only one of the smallest and best grande marque Champagne producers (Tom Stevenson places the house at number two after Krug), but also a pioneer when it comes to Blanc de Blancs. The first of this house was already a fact in 1949.
The Blanc des Millénaires is only released in absolute top years. This 2006 is only the sixth bottling, after 1983, 1985, 1990, 1995 and 2004. It is made according to a fixed recipe from chardonnay of the very best quality. The grapes come exclusively from the Côte des Blancs, namely from grands crus Cramant, Avize, Oger, Le Mesnil and premier cru Vertus. A 20% share of each cru is used, so that each terroir can make its unique contribution to this iconic vintage.
Once blended, bottled and fermented for the second time in the bottle, Champagne matured for another fourteen years in Charles Heidsieck's magnificent two-millennium-old crayères - hence the name Blanc des Millénaires. The wine was released in 2020. In terms of style, winemaker Cyril Brun compares the 2006 - with its elegant and open character in youth - with the sublime 1995 (which received the rare top score of 19/20 points from Jancis Robinson). Compared to its predecessor 2004, which was sleek, minerally, smoky and toasted in style, the 2006 is riper, more generous and more powerful, with an extremely refined scent.
All comparisons and details aside, what really matters is that this is a Very Large Champagne. The sublime combination of finesse, tension, minerality, complexity and dizzying length make drinking the Blanc des Millénaires an unforgettable experience. With its delicate scent, refined mousse, vibrating, vibrantly fresh acidity and silky smooth, creamy texture, this is a wine to immerse yourself in. This can also be done for at least another fifteen years: of course, this prestigious cuvée also has a storage capacity that you can say against. In short, a must-try for every Champagne lover!
The Wine Advocate - September 2020: 94/100 points | Expressive and charming
Recently disgorged with seven grams per liter dosage, the 2006 Brut Blanc de Blancs Blanc des Millénaires is expressive and charming, keeping with the sunny, demonstrative style of the vintage. Offering up aromas of toasted brioche, honeycomb, yellow apples and preserved citrus, it's full-bodied, fleshy and textural, with a rich core of fruit, ripe acids and an attractive pinpoint mousse. It's already drinking well, and I'd be inclined to approach it sooner than the more tightly wound 2004 rendition.
Decanter - June 2020: 96/100 points | Very long aging potential
This Champagne made with 100% Chardonnay sourced from four grand cru villages (Cramant, Avize, Oger and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger) and from one 1er Cru village, Vertus. Disgorged in Novembre 2019 after spending 13 years on its lees, the 2006 Blanc des Millénaires has elegant notes of apricot, pineapple, exotic fruit including mango, as well as white flowers. The palate is medium-bodied, delicate and yet opulent at the same time. The texture is crystalline and very pure. Good vivacity too thanks to ripe acidity. The finish is long and expansive. Very long aging potential (10-15 years).
Jancis Robinson - December 2019: 19/20 points | Super-pleasant with everything in place
The one wine poured solo rather than one of a pair made up of 2002 and 2004 in this comparative tasting, so not really blind. Mytik cork. Not the tensest of these champagnes but beautifully balanced. Super-pleasant with everything in place. Great confidence. A good follow up to the copious 1995?
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