Charles Heidsieck teck Brut Reserve ChampagneRegular price $ 54.99
ALC.12%/VOL. PRODUCT OF FRANCE
This offers big house complexity in terms of toasty reductive warmth on the nose, as well as an array of grilled peach, praline and wild red berries. The palate has assertive flavorsome appeal, delivered in a well-crafted style. Fresh berries and stone fruits rule the finish.
by James Suckling, JS, 2017.
Based on the 2014 vintage, complemented by fully 40% old reserve wines, the new release of Charles Heidsieck's NV Brut Reserve 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.
by Robert Parker, WK, 2019.
Bright yellow. Potent smoke-tinged orchard and pit fruit aromas are complemented by notes of tarragon, toasted brioche and pungent flowers. Fleshy and broad on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering juicy pear and nectarine flavors and a bracing kick of chalky minerals. This rich yet lively Champagne finishes with very good thrust and length and repeating smokiness.
by Vinous Media, JR, 2015.
A rich style based on 40 percent reserve wines, this is substantial and elegant at once. Scents of orange blossoms and honey add to the wine’s impression of richness, while firm acidity keeps it structured. It has the fine abrasion of limestone to take on any roast shellfish.
by Wine Spirits, WS, 2015.
Editors' Choice This ripe Champagne is deliciously balanced between the rich white fruits and good acidity. Zingy texture gives it a crisp edge. Full, fruity and with the ability to age, it is ready to drink
by Wine Enthusiast, RV, 2016.
Rich hints of toasted brioche and coffee liqueur are layered with black cherry and mandarin orange peel flavors in this creamy Champagne. Fine and satiny on the palate, with lemony acidity refreshing the lingering finish. Disgorged 2018.
by Wine Spectator, AN, 2018.
THE BRUT RÉSERVE EXPRESSES the very quintessence of the Charles Heidsieck style. Easily recognizable, this wine is the result of a unique blend that can be summarized in one equation: 60/40/10. 60: the number of hand-selected crus for a blend that is precise, crisp and tailor-made. Wines produced in the harvest year, a third for each variety (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier), are vinified cru by cru, variety by variety, in stainless steel vats. 40: a high proportion of 40% reserve wines, equally divided between Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, ensure the fine complexity and voluptuousness of the Brut Réserve. 10: the reserve wines average age, extraordinary for Champagne. Sourced from the best crus produced in the greatest years, the wines placed in reserve are kept for between 5 and 15 years in stainless steel tanks. This maturing time is essential for their refinement and for the development of their aromatic range.
From amongst the 60 crus selected to create this iconic wine, three form the stylistic pillars of the Brut Réserve: Oger (Chardonnay grand cru from the Côte des Blancs) gives it fleshy, generous notes; Ambonnay (Pinot Noir grand cru from the Montagne de Reims) synonymous with strength, structure and fruitiness; and finally Verneuil (Meunier from the Marne Valley), ensures balance and unctuous texture. EXCEPTIONAL MATURATION. The Cellar Master adds an essential principle to the “Charles style”: the dimension of Time - his “fourth grape variety” - that is taken far beyond the 15-month norm of the region.