2000 Charles Heidsieck Brut Champagne
A rich note of smoke heralds this toasty version, with truffle and roasted hazelnut aromatics accenting layered flavors of creamed apple, crystallized honey, lemon curd and crème de cassis. Vibrant, with a lovely, lacy texture and racy acidity that persists on the mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2028.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(70% pinot noir and 30% chardonnay; L3006183): Bright gold. Smoke-accented orchard fruits, herbs and citrus pith on the the intensely perfumed nose. Deeply pitched but lively on the palate, with very good depth to its intense pear and lemon curd flavors. The smoky note builds on the back half and carries through a long, sappy, impressively focused finish. This year's release seems tighter and more youthful than last year's version.
*Best Buy* Showing surprising age for such a young vintage, this is a wine that’s ready. It is of course, like all Charles Heidsieck Champagnes, beautifully crafted, with its toast and spice element integrated deftly into the crisp fruits. A top quality Champagne, needing food for its full appreciation.
Wine & Spirits
A zaftig 2000, this feels voluminous and heady with toasty scents and mature complexity. The golden color and creamy integration of the bubbles suggest enjoying it now, with foie gras.
Not that much evidence of ageing. 17 crus, Ambonnay, Verzenay, Aÿ, Oger, Chardonnay from Cézanne. In the old bottle shape. 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay. Tight textured. Some slight almondy notes. Very good now. But still quite brisk. 18/20 points.
This is a great bottle for folks who are looking for toasty Champagne--the 2000 Heidsieck is a giant loaf of brioche!