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Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve Rose, Champagne

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The new release of Heidsick's NV Rosé Réserve is based on the 2012 vintage, with the usual 20% of reserve wines and some 6% still red wine from Les Riceys in the Aube. Already exhibiting considerable complexity, it wafts from the glass with scents of orange rind, red plums, gingerbread and red berries. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, satiny textured and fleshy, with lively acids and an attractively vinous profile. It was disgorged a few months ago with 11 grams per liter dosage.

93 points William Kelley robertparker.com Aug 2019 Drink 2019-2035

A universally respected Champagne house steeped in history, founded by - you guessed it - Charles Heidsieck in 1851, referred to as the original "Champagne Charlie". In modern times it was Daniel Thibault's obsessive focus on quality that came to define them as such a reputable house. Tragically Daniel died in 2002, but the unrelenting focus on quality has since been driven by successors Regis Camus and Thierry Roset.

Between them they have won Trophies and/or the 'Sparkling Winemaker of the Year' at the International Wine Challenge an unrivalled 15 times.

The fruit for the Rosé comes from the top villages of Riceys, Abonnay and Aÿ, with the delicate colour obtained from a short skin contact with the Pinot Noir element in the blend. 20% of the blend is made up of old reserve wines, which are up to 10 years of age!

The wine is made up of 36% Pinot Noir, 36% Chardonnay and 28% Pinot Meunier and has been aged on its lees for over 3 years. A wonderfully indulgent aperitif with broad and appealing English summer pudding bouquet and flavours, along with that classic pastry shop notes that characterise Charles Hiedsieck. Rich, truly silky and utterly moorish. Vivacious, rich and textural enough though to go with shellfish and a classic bisque style sauce; also try with an English summer pudding for a real treat.

95 points 2012 base vintage Disgorged October 2017 Tasted in Champagne and Australia

35% chardonnay, 40% pinot, 25% meunier; 60 crus; 20% reserves of 50% chardonnay and 50% pinot; reserves average 5 years of age; 5–6% red wines from Les Riceys; fermented in stainless steel tanks, cru by cru, variety by variety; 11g/L dosage; cork; just 4% of the sales of the house
For Cyril Brun, Les Riceys produces the ideal red wine for Charles Heidsieck Rosé, soft and fruity, never angular or aggressive, respectful of the base wines and deeper in colour than the red wines of the north of Champagne. The result is a medium salmon-copper hue, though colour is not the focus here. The gloriously splendid complexity of lees age in concert with rich reserves rises on the palate, resonating with wonderful allure of roast chestnuts, baked
apples, dried fruits of all kinds, anise, exotic spice, truffle, honey and freshly baked pâtisserie, laced with delightful wisps of pipe smoke, yet presented with dynamism and definition. The 2012 base is of course fresher than the 2008 before it, presenting precise red cherry, wild strawberry, raspberry, red apple and berry compote fragranced with rose petals, and underlined by the structural assurance of firm, fine tannins that fuse effortlessly with the
expansive sea of generosity that is Charles. Salt chalk minerality hovers with magnificent line and length. The 2008 base still soars with focus, precision, freshness and breathtaking red fruit purity. Outstanding
Tyson Stelzer The Champagne Guide
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Product/Service Sold Out No
En Primeur No
New Arrivals No
Wine Type Champagne/Sparkling
Wine Style Traditional
Country France
Varietals Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier
Vintage NV/MV
Bottle Size 750ml
Wine Points 92-93
Wine Trophies 1
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