Founded in 1851 and based in Reims, Charles Heidsieck is one of the smallest of the Champagne grand marques as-well-as one of the very few that does not engage in buying Champagne sur lattes. Rather Charles Heidsieck uses grapes they grow themselves as well as grapes they buy from selected growers to make all the components that go into their various blends. Their flagship wine is Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve.
CHARLES HEIDSIECK Brut Reserve, Champagne, NV
60% of the final cuvee is a blend of 1/3 Pinot Noir, 1/3 Pinot Meunier, and 1/3 Chardonnay from 60 different crus spread across the Cote de Blancs, the Montagne de Reims, and the Valle de la Marne. The remainiing 40% consists of “fractionally blended” (think solera) reserve wines made from 50% Cote de Blancs Chardonnay and 50% Montagne de Reims Pinot Noir. The tank fermented base wines are blended and bottled and given the full methode champenoise treatment. Aged 5 years on its yeasts. Disgorged and finished with a Brut dosage. Gold straw color with green highlights, fully sparkling; dry, medium-bodied with very fresh acidity and light phenolics. Delicious, fresh, complex, complete Champagne. More ripe citrus than tree fruit with hints of red fruit essence and plenty of mineral and yeast. The richness, complexity, and completeness come from the reserve wines and the time aging on on its yeasts. Takes a few minutes to really open up after it is poured but once it opens up, it is lovely. BearScore: 94.
Cash Bottle: $54.99 Cash “Pick-Six” Bottle: $49.49