Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve

2010 base. 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Meunier. 40% reserve wine addition. Disgorged in 2017.

In a very tasty place. Golden fruit very much on song, with rich apricot pastries, mango and yellow apple. Chardonnay lemon oil runs through, offering a nice little kick in the tail. Posh salted butter richness too, with maturity coming on now in dried pineapple and toasty coffee beans. The palate is quite front-loaded, a friendly hug of a champagne, plush but with a gentle, slightly soft-focus kind of energy. I don’t think it will the longest-lived CH, at least not in 75cl, but it has life ahead of it yet! Great stuff. 17.5

Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires 2004

This is so alive, actively and relentlessly throwing out pure lemon zest, toasty brazil and fine oatmeal sweetness with spots of honey round the edges. I put ‘sweet crustaceans’ in my notes, which sounds a bit crazy. Beautiful ginger biscuit developing, but this still feels so young. It is a fine laser beam to the Blanc De Blancs NV’s chandelier. Brilliant.

18.5

Date Tasted : 12/07/2019

Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires Collection Crayères 1985

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.

18

Date Tasted : 12/07/2019

Charles Heidsieck Collection Crayères 1983

This was quite a bottle – jumps up with intense lime curd, toast and sourdough, with ripe notes of honeyed mango and apricot frangipane tart. A real sense of togetherness and richness, with superb length. This bottle has aged magnificently.

19

Date Tasted : 24/09/2018

Charles Heidsieck Vintage 2005

Meaty, toasty lemon curd, with vanilla and cream. Ripe candied citrus too, and a lovely, textured almond sweetness on the palate. Punchy

17

Date Tasted : 24/09/2018