charles heidsieck grand cru blanc de blancs n.v. 750ml
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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 Cote des Blancs as early as1906... Through this cuvee, relaunched in 2018, two of the House's 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 "Charles" character on the other.
TO THE EYE: Pale, crystalline gold with the typical glints of the Chardonnay varietal.
ON THE NOSE: The aromas of mature Chardonnay can be recognised initially: white peach, candied citrus with notes of lime, honeysuckle and fresh hazelnut, giving way to subtle hints of tangerine and lemon.
ON THE PALATE: Freshness and tautness mark this typically Charles generosity: the attack is pure and forthright, not aggressive but almost unconventionally suave for a Blanc de Blancs, so often en characterized as being sharp rather than creamy. The harmonious finish offers surprising minerality and a slight salinity.
94 points, Wine Enthusiast
"This Chardonnay-based Champagne from the Côte des Blancs is perfumed, fragrant. The citrus edge and minerality are in harmony, bringing together a wine that is taut, textured and ready to drink. *Ranked #8 Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Wines of 2022*"
92 points, James Suckling
"Attractive white-flower and ripe-lemon aromas are married to an elegant, medium-bodied palate, where the creaminess is neatly underlined by the mousse, the lively acidity making the chalky and saline finish very clean and straight. The cuvée is based on the 2016 vintage and this fine Blanc de Blancs was disgorged in 2021."
92 points, Wine Spectator
"Delivers toasty hints of brioche and grilled nuts on the nose, which are rich accents to poached pear, dried white cherry, preserved lemon and candied ginger flavors that are finely meshed and carried on the satiny mousse. Disgorged 2022."