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Charles Heidsieck Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Réserve magnum in gift box
Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Réserve magnum in gift box 119,-

Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Réserve magnum in gift box

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Charles' house style, originating from 60 crus
Complex and rich thanks to no less than 40% reserve wines
The ultimate Champagne to celebrate life with

 

 

Magnum Champagne Brut Reserve

A powerful champagne with a refined scent of orange blossom, dried peach and brioche. Generous, full-bodied and refreshing in taste with a delicate mousse and mild texture. The finish is elegant and persistent.

 

Charles Heidsieck Champagne

The legendary house of Charles Heidsieck is undoubtedly one of the Great Names of Champagne, but the superior quality of the wine has long gone unnoticed by the general public. And that while this Brut Reserve is 'the best value Champagne on the market', if you ask Tom Stevenson (author of the World Encyclopedia of Champagne & Sparkling Wine).

The excellent quality is mainly due to the fact that Heidsieck works with a share of no less than 40% reserve wines. These come from the most beautiful plots and from the best years. The wines are aged in barrels for about 5 to 15 years before being used in the Brut Réserve blend. This gives this impressive Champagne a striking depth and complexity.

Although the grapes (equal parts chardonnay, pinot noir and meunier) come from a total of sixty different crus, three determine the style. The grand cru Oger in the Côte de Blancs (chardonnay), the grand cru Ambonnay in Montagne de Reims (pinot noir) and the renowned Vallée de la Marne cru Verneuil (meunier) have long been the soul of the Brut Réserve.

After careful blending by chef de cave Cyril Brun, the wine matures for at least another three years on the yeasts in the beautiful, two-millenia-old crayères. These breathtaking limestone cellars in Reims are also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After maturation, disgorgement (removing the yeasts from the bottle) and bottling follow.

This method produces a truly sublime Champagne, which, although it bears the simple name Brut Réserve, tastes like a complex (multi) vintage Champagne – à la Krug, but much more affordable. It is not without reason that this beautiful wine has won a shower of medals and awards time and again. Drink the Brut Réserve as a festive and luxurious aperitif, or in combination with a bowl of oysters. Pure pleasure guaranteed!

Drink or store?

While most non-vintage Champagnes are best drunk young, a Champagne of this caliber can also age well in the bottle for a few more years. Depending on your preference for a young, fresh or more mature style of Champagne, you can drink the Brut Réserve right away, or keep it for up to 5-6 years. Because a non-vintage Champgane cannot state a vintage, Heidsieck has come up with a particularly smart solution. The house has listed the mise en crayères as well as the date de dégorgement on the back label of the bottle. The former indicates when the Champagne has entered the cellar to mature on the lees, the latter when the yeasts have been removed from the bottle and the Champagne is finally bottled. This way you not only know how long the Champagne has matured on the domain, but also until when you can still keep it yourself!

 

Awards

Mention
Decanter - November 2019: 93/100 points | One of the best value grandes marques on the market

Description
One of the best value grandes marques on the market, a blend of 60 crus, with roughly a third each of Pinot Noir, Meunier and Chardonnay, vinified individually by cru and variety, in stainless steel. Compared to other grandes marques, it is high (40%) in reserve wines, averaging 10 years old and dating back to 1990. Quite a floral style with lemon sherbet intensity and bready, leesy characters. It has great concentration and complexity, with a lovely grip of acidity on the finish.

 

Mention
The Wine Advocate - August 2019: 92+/100 points | A bottling that continues to punch above its weight

Description
Based on the 2014 vintage, complemented by fully 40% old reserve wines, the new release of Charles Heidsieck's NV Brut Réserve was disgorged earlier this year. It's showing very well, opening up in the glass with notes of green apple, dried white flowers, pear, candied peel and walnuts. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, deep and layered, with a textural attack and a racier, tighter-knit core than either the 2012- or 2010-base renditions, displaying good concentration and underlying richness. This is a bottling that continues to punch above its weight and which both merits and rewards a few years in the cellar before opening.

 

Mention
The Wine Advocate - April 2019: 92/100 points | It remains a great value, considering its depth and complexity

Description
Based on the 2010 vintage and disgorged in 2018 with 11 grams per liter dosage, the latest release of the NV Brut Réserve incorporates fully 40% of reserve wines that average ten years of age. It's an excellent Champagne, wafting from the glass with a complex bouquet of brioche, waxy lemon rind, mandarin and dried white flowers. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, rich but precise, with a brisk mousse, a generous core of fruit and a precise, elegantly chalky finish. This cuvée just goes from strength to strength, and for now, it remains a great value, considering its depth and complexity.

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