Charles Heidsieck Champagne Sparkling Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay
Charles Heidsieck was one of the very first Champagne Houses to demonstrate its passion for Chardonnay by producing a Blanc de Blancs in its 1949 vintage. There is also evidence that the Maison had produced some mono-crus from the C™te des Blancs as early as 1906... Through this cuvŽe, relaunched in 2018, two of the HouseÕs areas of expertise come together: the production of great white wines and the art of blending a large selection of wines from different years and terroirs. The considerable challenge is to make opposites coexist: the tautness and the freshness of young chardonnays on the one hand, and the silky ÒCharlesÓ character on the other.
In 1851, young Charles Heidsieck founded his own Champagne house in Reims. He understood that the United States was an important emerging market, so he traversed America repeatedly north to south promoting his new brand. The stylish entrepreneur became known lovingly as ÒChampagne Charlie.Ó Charles Heidsieck Champagne is distinguished by the high proportion of reserve wines in the Brut RŽserve. 40% of the blend is comprised of reserve wines averaging 10 years old, giving the wine uncommon depth and complexity. In addition to the non-vintage Brut RŽserve and RosŽ RŽserve, the winery produces a Vintage Brut, Vintage RosŽ and the prestige cuvŽe Blanc des Millenaires.
Only 60 crus from Champagne are blended to create Charles Heidsieck Champagnes, but the three stylistic pillars that give the Brut RŽserve its distinct character are Grand Cru Chardonnay from Oger in the C™te des Blancs, Grand Cru Pinot Noir from Ambonnay in the Montagne de Reims, and the distinct Pinot Meunier from Verneuil in the VallŽe de Marne.