Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Réserve magnum in gift box
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|Charles' house style, from 60 crus|
|Complex and rich thanks to no less than 40% reserve wines|
|The ultimate Champagne to celebrate life with|
Magnum Champagne Brut Réserve
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 Charles Heidsieck certainly belongs to 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 mature for about 5 to 15 years in barrel before they are used in the blend of the Brut Réserve. 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 cru's, three of them 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 is aged for at least three years on the yeasts in the beautiful two millennium old crayères. These breathtaking, limestone-carved cellars in Reims are also Unesco World Heritage. After maturation, degorgement (the removal of the yeasts from the bottle) and bottling follow.
This method results in 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 rain 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 keep?
While most non-vintage Champagne is best drunk young, a Champagne of this caliber can also mature in the bottle for a few years. Depending on your preference for a young fresh or more mature style of Champagne, you can drink the Brut Reserve straight away or keep it for up to 5-6 years. Because a non-vintage Champgane cannot specify a harvest year, Heidsieck has come up with a particularly clever solution. On the back label of the bottle, the house has listed both the mise en crayères and the date de dégorgement. The former date indicates when the Champagne has entered the cellar to mature on the groin, 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!
Decanter - November 2019: 93/100 points | One of the best value grandes marques on the market
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.
The Wine Advocate - August 2019: 92 + / 100 points | A bottling that continues to punch above its weight
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.
The Wine Advocate - April 2019: 92/100 points | It remains a great value, considering its depth and complexity
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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