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2005 Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Vintage

2005 Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Vintage

'It is gloriously uninhibited, with a complex array of alluring ripe fruits and spices.'
95 Points - Tyson Stelzer

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DESCRIPTION
  • Remarkably exceptional Chardonnays, subtly aromatic Pinot Noirs and very elegant and promising Meuniers. From all the wines tasted, eleven Crus were selected to compose the Charles Heidsieck Vintage Brut 2005, including Vertus, Oger, Avize, Cramant, Vindy, Mailly and Ambonnay.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    In all regions of France, the 2005 grape harvest was judged to be outstanding: An exceptional vintage. 2005 offered perfect conditions for the Champagne region in particular - a cool, dry winter, an early heat wave in June that encouraged flowering, moderate rainfall in the summer, and, finally, the return of very hot weather at the beginning of September, perfect for the grapes.

    TASTING NOTES

    A deep golden colour, with generous effervescence. Autumnal and warm on the nose, with aromas of praline and lightly toasted hazelnuts. The meticulous selection of Pinot Noir (60%) and Chardonnay (40%) heralds the complex personality of this Champagne. The incredible balance on the palate offers a firmness expected of great Champagne as well as an autumnal unctuousness which one might anticipate from the climatic condition offered by this vintage. Generous flavours of dried apricots, dates and figs delicately coat the palate, with a creamy texture and long finish.

  • REVIEWS

    'In classic Charles style, rich, plush and generous after nine years on lees. It is gloriously uninhibited, with a complex array of alluring ripe fruits and spices, its acidity and dosage playing hide and seek.'
    95 Points - Tyson Stelzer

    'Full yellow-gold colour. The bouquet shows a straw-like note, almost grassy - unusual in this wine, and I'm told it's a characteristic of the year. It's not as rich, complex or bready as the Brut Reserve, although their ages are comparable. It's developing slowly. There's a trace of bitterness from the phenolics, not as disagreeable as it sounds. This is nit-picking: the wine is very good and will likely be even better after another year or two on its cork.'
    93 Points - Huon Hooke, The Real Review

    'Honey and truffle notes, quite rich in perfume, some honey-toffee apple character too. Mousse-like texture, green apple freshness despite the generous, brioche and rich fruit flavour. More layers in bristling sweet, brown spice and shows a firm, chiseled acidity underlying. Good length, good refreshment factor, dutifully complex. Lavish patisserie and ample fruit character, a real presence in the palate. The essence is, it’s bold, but has class.'
    93 Points - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front

    'This has terrific composure, among the fresher and better-presented of the vintage in terms of aromas. It's toasty with grilled hazelnuts, chalky and flinty. Aromas are in the pithy grapefruit and dried peach spectrum, with lemon too. The palate's seamless, powerful and quite deeply flavored. It climbs high and wide, then focuses neatly through the finish as acidity chimes in as well as some cherry flavor that steadies and balances. Great drinking now.
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    93 Points - James Suckling

    'The wine opens deep, pure and fresh on the nose, with very clear white fruit aromas, spiced bread and a very clear definition. Light, fresh and finesse-full on the silky-textured palate, but also round and intense, this is a very elegant and refined vintage Champagne. It has a pure and fresh finish, and a long and intense aftertaste.'
    93+ Points - Stephan Reinhardt, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

    'The nose is surprisingly reminiscent of the Bollinger 2005 tasted immediately before. Solid and complex with a wild floral note. Bone dry and with a bit more focus and lift than the Bollinger.'
    18 / 20 Points - Jancis Robinson