It is with Brut Reserve that the House has expresses the quintessence of its style. Particularly recognisable, this cuvée is the fruit of a unique blend that can be summarised with one equation: 60/40/10.
The number of crus gone into a blend that is precise, stringent and tailor-made. The wines produced that year, a third for each varietal (Meunier, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir), are vinified cru by cru, varietal by varietal, in stainless steel vats
A high proportion of 40% reserve wines, equally divided between Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, to ensure the fine complexity and indulgence of the Brut Réserve.
The average age of the reserve wines, an exception in Champagne. Taken from the best crus from the best years, the wines placed in reserve are kept in vats for between 5 and 15 years, if not more, to develop finesse and their aromatic range.
Nose: Thanks to 40% of reserve wines, the blend offers a complex, elegant, voluptuous nose with a touch of freshly baked brioche, rich toasted notes and sun-drenched fruits - mango, apricot and mirabelle plum - accented by dried fruits, pistachio and almond.
Palate: The texture is reminiscent of a crisp layer of nougatine on a velvety cream pastry, filled with plump red plums and ripe cherries. The selection of reserve wines gives the wine lushness. The finish unveils notes of praline and vanilla.
Complex, profound and indulgent , the Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve has taken its time and does not care who knows it. The House bottles each give important information on ageing with the specific the year the wine was placed to age in the chalk cellars as well as the year it was disgorged.
Charles Heidsieck was founded in 1851 when Charles was just 29 years old. The wines represents a world of elegance and indulgence, beautifully balanced and captivatingly complex. The quality demands meticulous attention; a fine-tuned dose of unconventional decisions at each step of the champagne production process. Each wine has its own personality, its own generous tone. The fresh elegance of Chardonnay. The structure of Pinot Noir. The generosity of Meunier. Blending wines of the year with reserve wines is specific to Champagne; the perfect alliance demands exceptional expertise.
Bright, medium to full yellow colour, the bouquet showing great complexity and freshness. Very bright, with great depth of flavour and vivacity. Lots of bread, toast and pastry notes. Iced pastries, too. Marvellous flavour and glorious freshness. A wholly impressive wine.'
…splendidly upholds its elevated position among Champagne’s richer NVs, yet does so in the 2008 season with a vivacity, a pronounced, fine chalk mineral mouthfeel, a seamless harmony and astonishing line and length like never before. In sheer, breathtaking calibre for the price, this is the greatest Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve I can remember.'
CAMPBELL MATTINSON - THE WINE FRONT
Rich and sweet-ish but beautifully balanced. Luxurious style of NV champagne. Generous and creamy soft; indeed texture is arguably its key feature. Combines freshness and developed intensity of flavour with aplomb. Apricots, toast, nuts. Sweet biscuit crust. Full bodied and fully aromatic. More about satisfaction than refreshment. An evening style, rather than lunch. Heady.'
Master Medal - The Drinks Business Awards 2017 Gold Medal - The Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships 2017