Charles Heidsieck "Brut Reserve" Champagne (1.5L)

SKU #1143428 93 points Wine Spectator

 Rich and creamy, this harmonious Champagne is expressive, with brioche, crystallized honey, black currant and toasted marshmallow flavors, accented by hints of verbena, baked peach and chopped nut. Vibrant and focused through to the lasting, saline-tinged finish. (AN)  (11/2015)

92 points James Suckling

 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.  (7/2015)

91 points Vinous

 Bright yellow. Potent smoke-tinged orchard and pit fruit aromas are complemented by notes of tarragon, toasted brioche and pungent flowers. Fleshy and broad on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering juicy pear and nectarine flavors and a bracing kick of chalky minerals. This rich yet lively Champagne finishes with very good thrust and length and repeating smokiness. (JR)  (1/2015)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Balanced and rich with apple flavors, this is tightly textured, cut with lemon zest and full of fruit. Although aged for six years, it is still so fresh and crisp, with a bright, lively aftertaste only just hinting at some toast. (RV)  (12/2015)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 A rich style based on 40 percent reserve wines, this is substantial and elegant at once. Scents of orange blossoms and honey add to the wine’s impression of richness, while firm acidity keeps it structured. It has the fine abrasion of limestone to take on any roast shellfish.  (12/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Blended with a high percentage of matured reserve wines, this NV Brut Reserve is based on 2008 and was disgorged in 2014. Clear and complex on the nose, this is a round and elegant, highly finesse-full and lifted cuvée with a silky texture ,and delicate nougat and herbal flavors. The minty finish reveals a remarkably good structure. (SR)  (6/2016)

K&L Notes

It is funny to call this the "new" Charles when it actually has more old wine in it--especially in magnum! The first difference between this wine and the old label is that it's made from just 60 vineyard sites in Champagne rather than the previous 120. It is still composed of a third each Chardonnay, Meunier and Pinot Noir and includes 40% reserve wines that average 10 years of age, up from the eight year average previously. This Charles has more of the depth and power that fans of the Charles have come to love, but also much more freshness and elegance--a coup for a wine that is actually older. This is a great bottle multi-vintage Champagne for the price and a testament to the blender's art. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/17/2016 | Send Email
The magnum of the Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve is even better than the Champagne in .750 which is truly a statement. The .750 is rich and opulent but the magnum lends yet another overlaying note of refined elegance to the package. It is often repeated that Champagne is best made in magnums, and this bottle is definitely an argument to that truth.

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/17/2016 | Send Email
When I started working for K&L and was introduced to real Champagne I was told that it tastes better from a 1.5 Litre than any other size. Today I was able to reinforce that by tasting the Heidsieck magnum next to the 750 ml and the 375 ml. While I enjoyed all three bottlings the magnum was the clear winner. Smoke and rich fruit in the nose was balanced by clean acid. Notes of golden baked apple and hints of tart green apple make this one of the large house Champagne producers definitely worth getting into.

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