Champagne Charles Heidsieck: Innate Audacity
© Charles Heidsieck

Champagne Charles Heidsieck: Innate Audacity

Champagne Charles Heidsieck

©Champagne Charles Heidsieck

Born in 1822, the son of two great Champagne families, Heidsieck and Henriot, Charles Heidsieck founded his self-named champagne house in 1851, at the age of 29. Much to the shock of the Champagne community, Charles dared to use his first name on his label. This audacity is still reflected today in every bottle.  With intuition, expertise, determination and excellence, Charles Heidsieck created a style all his own.

In 1852, Charles driven by wanderlust and ambition chose to travel to the United States.  He hoped to reach a wider audience and create a new market for Champagne.  Charismatic and known as a bit of a dandy, Charles was popular not only with New York Bourgeois Society, but also with the powerful press. Perceived as the ambassador for Champagne, he earned the nickname “Champagne Charlie.”

Crayeres

© Crayeres

Choosing to leave the care and tending of the vines in the “hands of the growers and their experts,” Charles instead chose to focus on producing and aging the best possible wines. He invested in a labyrinth of 47 connected chalk cellars or “crayeres” that date to the 11th century. These cellars, which lie 20 meters underground, are still used today as a peaceful haven for gracefully aging the wines. Charles Heidsieck Champagnes are aged in the cellars for a minimum of three years before being released, and some rest for 15 years or longer, to allow for the development of their characteristic finesse. This cellaring process lies at the heart of Champagne Charles Heidsieck and is reflected in the unique bottles, which reflect the shape of the crayeres, used for reserve wines and special vintages.

Masculine and elegant. Forthright and refined.  The traditions of excellence and quality have been passed down through the generations. The care and dedication Charles practiced, is today reflected in the work of Cellar Master, Thierry Roset. Using Chardonnay for freshness and elegance, Pinot Noir for structure and Pinot Meunier for fruit, the Champagnes of the House of Charles Heidsieck are masterfully blended for careful harmony.

Champagne Brut Reserve

©Champagne Brut Reserve

The Wines of Charles Heidsieck

  • Brut Reserve
  • Rose Reserve
  • Blanc des Millenaires 1995
Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve86 Points, Robert Parker. Fresh and floral with notes of green fruit and subtle spice this is an accessible champagne. Fine bubbles deliver vivacious acidity with rich toasty notes. Delicate on the tongue the fine palate has a lingering finish.

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Chares Heidsieck Rose Reserve A powder pink blend of the three traditional champagne grape varietals, this wine delivers a powerful palate and delicate bubbles. Notes of wild strawberry jam are highlighted by fresh gingerbread and a lively yeasty character.

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Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millenaires 1995 94 Points, Robert Parker. A blend  of 100% Grand and Premier Cru Chardonnay this vintage champagne is a true treasure. Dried and candied fruit subtly mixes with roasted nuts on the nose. While the palate delivers minerality highlighted by fruit such as apple and fig. Good acidity is balanced with softer notes of vanilla and brioche.

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