Charles Heidsieck "Rosé Reserve" Brut Champagne
Firm and mineral-driven, showing beautiful integration of the racy acidity, finely detailed texture and layered flavors of dried cherry, apple pastry, almond paste, crystallized honey and pickled ginger, with a lasting, spice-tinged finish. Drink now through 2020.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(made from equal parts of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier; L122532 3670): Orange-pink. Potent, smoke-accented aromas of raspberry, cherry, anise and iodine. Rich and energetic, offering intense red fruit and bitter orange flavors and notes of buttered toast and rose pastille. Closes with very good breadth and outstanding length, leaving a gentle spicy note behind.
This is a beautifully balanced and elegant offering, with pleasant fruitiness, tight acidity and a fragrant, crisp character. It’s full bodied, and falls in the middle of the brut spectrum of dryness. This is ready to drink now.
Showing plenty of fruity volume and combining lots of autolysis with a strong sense of vinosity, this is a real Rosé in every sense of the word. It is firmly balanced and charged by a fine, lasting mousse, and its modest trim of back-palate astringency never interferes with is message of very vital, faintly cherry-like fruit. While it can be enjoyed with lighter foods, it will serve just as well on its own, and its commendable vitality trumps the need for hasty drinking.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Charles Heidsieck is one of Champagne’s historic houses. Charles-Camille Heidseick was an early pioneer in developing export markets for his wines as far back as 150 years ago. Today, this large estate based in Reims makes wines in an easygoing, pretty style.