Champagne Charles Heidsieck
Champagne Charles Heidsieck was founded in 1851 by Charles-Camille Heidsieck. Since 1985 it has been part of the giant Remy Cointreau group. The range is smaller than some champagne houses, with the following currently available:
Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve (Mis en Cave 2000)
1995 Charles Heidsieck Brut
1996 Charles Heidsieck Brut Rosé
1985 Charles Heidsieck Cuvée “Champagne Charlie”
A 1995 Blanc de Millénaires will be released in 2005.
Charles Heidsieck Mis En Cave 2000
The Charles Heidsieck mis en cave wines contain 40% reserve wines and are aged for a minimum of three years before disgorgement. Disgorged 2004. Pale, bright lemon gold. Lemony bready nose. Very clean and fresh on the attack. Develops good fruit on the palate – strawberry, plums and white pepper.
Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve Mis en Cave 1990
A bright mid gold. Very biscuity with a strong deep fruit character on the nose, with a touch of beeswax right at the end of the nose. Really good attack: full with excellent deep fruit with a malty backbone. Quite a stewed strawberry/plummy fruit on the palate.
Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires 1983
This is made from100% chardonnay and has spent 20 years on its lees. A lovely colour – mid lemon gold. Honeysuckle, peachy, biscuit nose. Lovely soft fruit on the palate finishing with white pepper and plummy fruit. I would definitely put this as younger than the Mis en Cave 1990. Good depth. Quite revelatory: so fresh and young-seeming.
1964 Royal Champagne Brut, Charles Heidsieck
Dark gold, turning coppery. Nutty and almondy on the nose. Immediately on pouring there are some bubbles and a delicate mousse, but it disappears within seconds. What's left is very dry and just a little too oxidised on the palate: a very curious wine. If I were served this blind, I'd probably guess at a very old crémant de Jura (if fizzy) or something else from the Jura/Arbois. Not really a wine to mark, though if served entirely blind, I'd probably say Good/Very Good.
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Last updated: 15 December 2005