N.V. Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve 1.5 L

Year: N.V.
Appellation: Champagne
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 92+
Vinous Media: 90
James Suckling: 92
Wine Enthusiast: 92
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.0%
Price :
$99.95
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"An elegant Champagne, bright and mouthwatering, offering flavors of black currant, lemon curd, toasted almond candied ginger set on a silky mousse and lingering on the creamy finish. Drink now through 2023. 4,000 cases imported. -AN" (WS)

"Based on the 2014 vintage, complemented by fully 40% old reserve wines, the new release of Charles Heidsieck's NV Brut Réserve was disgorged earlier this year. It's showing very well, opening up in the glass with notes of green apple, dried white flowers, pear, candied peel and walnuts. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, deep and layered, with a textural attack and a racier, tighter-knit core than either the 2012- or 2010-base renditions, displaying good concentration and underlying richness. This is a bottling that continues to punch above its weight and which both merits and rewards a few years in the cellar before opening.

This was a terrific tasting with Cyril Brun, chef de caves for Charles Heidsieck. This is one of my favorite houses in Champagne, and after a period when their quality flew under the radar, it seems that more and more consumers are finally taking notice. Defined by the use of important volumes of old reserve wines and long aging sur lattes, the house style is complex, concentrated and immensely appealing. While the price of the flagship Brut Réserve has crept up in recent years, it's now an open secret that it continues to offer some of the best value in the region. In addition to the wines reviewed here, we also revisited Heidsieck's 2006 Vintage, 2005 Rosé and 2004 Blanc des Millénaires—which all merited the reviews they received earlier this year" (WA)

"The NV Rosé Réserve is an attractive, aperitif-styled Rosé to drink now and over the next handful of years, while the flavors remain bright. This release is based on 2012. Now with two years on the cork, the Rosé Réserve offers lovely complexity in its slightly burnished dried cherry, crushed flower and spice nuances. Disgorged in 2017. " (VM)

"A wealth of trademark complexity that makes for an immediately engaging Champagne. Bright little red berries and poached peaches plus flinty reductive notes and baked caramel nut biscuits. Makes a composed and focused impression to start with citrus, strawberry and stone fruit flavors all here; really fluffy foamy texture fills it out and then it rolls through richer savory notes to close. A solid NV drinking well now, this will even handle a year or two more on cork." (JS)

"This ripe Champagne is deliciously balanced between the rich white fruits and good acidity. Zingy texture gives it a crisp edge. Full, fruity and with the ability to age, it is ready to drink. -Roger Voss" (WE)

Winery Notes:
Brut Réserve. A multi-vintage worthy of a prestige cuvée.

COMPLEX:
a particular blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay.

PRECISE:
a judicious selection of approximately 60 crus.

UNCTUOUS:
40% of reserve wines, many of them more than 10 years old.

DEEP:
a maturation of more than 3 years in Gallo-Roman chalk cellars.

A golden champagne, with persistent effervescence. A nose that is both complex and delicious.