1985 was a small, intense year in Champagne. This wine, disgorged in 1999 and sourced, like all Collection Crayéres wines, directly from Charles Heidsieck’s cellars, shows all that magical Chardonnay development you would hope for; dried peach and apricot, shifting into mango and coffee, then marmalade and gingerbread warmth. It isn’t dried out or over-caramelised at all; quite the opposite, there is a beautiful freshness and precision on the palate. A fine example of just how well the Charles style does with age.
Date Tasted : 12/07/2019