1995 Charles Heidsieck "Blanc des Millénaires" Brut Champagne

SKU #1018899 96 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Deep, pure and fresh on the fruit-intense and complex nose, the 1995 Blanc des Millenaires is still young and incredibly fresh on the palate. This is refreshingly pure, concentrated, fruity and perfectly round Champagne that reveals a great tension and mineral complexity. It also has a long and salty finish. Keep it for ten or 20 years. (SR) 95+ Inner quote mark (6/2016)

95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark The last batch of 1995 was disgorged in summer 2017, after spending 21 years on lees. ‘Jetted’ to revive it after disgorgement, it has a new lease of life. A refreshing young Champagne with pure chalkiness and lemon intensity. Cries out for oysters. (CG) Inner quote mark (7/2018)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 1995 Brut Blanc des Millenaires shows just how compelling this often overlooked vintage can be. Layers of lemon, pastry spices, crushed rocks and savory herbs literally jump from the glass in this exquisite, perfumed, beautifully delineated Champagne. The 1995 shows lovely flavor complexity and nuance from its extended time in bottle, yet it also retains plenty of freshness, verve and acidity. This is a great showing from Charles Heidsieck. The 1995 was made before the tenure of the house's current team, headed by CEO Cécile Bonnefond. It will be very interesting to see what develops at this historic property over the coming years. (AG) Inner quote mark (10/2012)

95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This mouthwatering Champagne is refined and satiny in texture, with a citrusy overtone to the flavors of apricot preserves, toasted hazelnut and brioche, crystallized honey and fleur de sel. Presents a lasting, smoke- and spice-filled finish. (AN) Inner quote mark (11/2015)

94 points Int'l Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Vivid gold. Heady aromas of candied citrus fruits, flowers, truffle, gingerbread and iodine, with an intensely smoky overtone. Deep, pungent and palate-staining, with the orchard and pit fruit flavors reaching every corner of the palate and showing impressive power without any excess weight. Even more extroverted than last year's release, finishing with excellent cling and lingering smokiness. (JR) Inner quote mark (10/2011)

93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A wine with some impressive deep-set complexity. Very toasty, sweet, caramelized lemon and grapefruit aromas plus a wealth of grilled hazelnuts and sweet-smelling spicy accents too. The palate's smoky, savory and has sherry-like nutty aged characters. The thread runs long through the finish, and slightly dried citrus fruits fade slowly in a nutty afterglow with a candied lime finish. A truly mature Champagne. Inner quote mark (7/2015)

93 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark This luxurious blend from the Côte des Blancs is gaining maturity, though it’s still fresh enough that the flavors have the taste of a ripe white peach. The bubbles are fine, the flavors touched by vanilla and cream. A broad, luscious Champagne to make fried chicken festive. Inner quote mark (12/2015)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Disgorged 2015. Daniel Thibault was so confident of the quality and longevity of this wine that he made 10 times the amount his boss suggested (on the basis that presidents of champagne companies change much more frequently than chefs de cave). Very little bottle variation apparently. Some of the vast lots are disgorged every year in summer. Still greenish gold. Still lots of freshness on the nose. Noble and magnificent. Savoury and yet lacy. Full phenolic ripeness (a bit more than 2004, which is currently embargoed). Dances on the palate. Lovely, very lightly toasty, mature Chardonnay flavours but definitely tight-knit champagne not burgundy! So clean. (JR) 19/20 points Inner quote mark (8/2017)

K&L Notes

This spectacular bottle of Champagne is drinking better than any current release tête de cuvée in the store thanks to the patience of the folks at Charles Heidsieck. The supply is running out however, so if you want some of this great 1995 before it is gone, act quickly. This wine is all Chardonnay from the villages of Cramant, Oger, Mesnil and Vertus and has the butterscotch laced toastiness of Champagne that has been given the time that it needs to develop. The classy Cote des Blancs minerality balances out the richness perfectly, leaving the drinker refreshed and eager for more. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/16/2019 | Send Email
Nothing makes my eyes widen and mouth water more than a bottle of this gem about to be opened. It has rich toasty aromas that surround a beautifully taut core of green apples and citrus meringue, with added notes of hazelnuts and smoke. The aging process has imparted perfect integration and balance, and the acidity has preserved the wine from any signs of tiredness. This is the kind of Champagne I could waste an entire evening simply smelling. On the palate the acid is still vibrant and vivacious, and the mineral texture is a marvel unto itself. This is an experience well worth the price of admission.

By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/14/2019 | Send Email
The Blanc des Millenaires is really something special because Heidsieck so rarely makes it, even in years considered great vintages for the Champagne region. I love the smoke right off the bat on this! There are scents of fresh-baked brioche bread, soft orchard fruits, along with some savory and salty notes. The palate is a delightful contradiction with chalk-in-your-teeth minerality, gentle oak spices, and buttery cooked apples.

By: Elsa Baez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/13/2019 | Send Email
I drink champagne often and don't wait for a special occasion because life is too short for such things. However, this 1995 Charles Heidsieck bottle is one I'd save for a special celebration. It's got all the right notes: spicy baked apples, super toasty on the nose, hazelnut and subtle tones of honeysuckle. Yet, it's got great acidity and freshness that compliments it so beautifully.

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/10/2019 | Send Email
Woof. Rich and opulent, with mushrooms matched with lanolin and nectar and a broad, reaching unami that pushes out surprisingly long for a bottling of this age. Truly a treat to taste, this "Blanc des Millenaires," smoky and creamy and wrongfully good, is a phenomenal bottle of juice; and is going to make most food pairings better, but is going to change lives with a salty, fatty dish.

By: Muriel Sarik | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/9/2019 | Send Email
Drinking aged Champagne is a different experience than young ones. We describe them differently. They are more akin to an older white Bourgogne, like honey, waxy textures, mushrooms and earthy tones. It requires more thought or attention to appreciate the layers of complexity they have to offer. That said, I find this one to have a freshness and liveliness that are not often found in an older champagne. This is the best of both worlds, older but young at heart!

By: Miles Philippe | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/8/2019 | Send Email
Despite the age, this champagne was still lively and bright, with an abundance of nuance. I found the nose very interesting because it’s the only champagne where I was able to smell a different expression of the yeast; it smelled a little bit like freshly toasted tortilla chips! On both the nose and the palate, there was a tiny little accent of very light honey along with a slight pistachio nuttiness. The fruits present here are all ripe and juicy, and surprisingly fresh! I would describe the texture and the main fruit driver of this wine as if you had bitten into a very ripe and juicy golden apple.

By: Jackson Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/7/2019 | Send Email
With a name like Blanc Des Millenaires, I already felt like I was sipping above my pay-grade and I wouldn't be wrong. The nose gave off notes of the most perfectly baked croissant and french bread toast with a very light hint of vanilla. The palate took it to the next level with pain au chocolate, baked pear crisp and a fantastic texture that made me wish that I wasn't at work sampling and spitting this amazing wine but instead on a luxury yacht in a white robe imbibing on this beautiful bubbly.

By: Andrew Tobin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/7/2019 | Send Email
Now this is a treat! 100% chardonnay from 1995? Yes Please! The nose jumps out with notes of kettle corn, cornbread, and toast. After you swirl it in the glass a little the heavy toast blows off giving way to cherry blossom, caramel, and brown sugar. The palate is soft and round with baked apples, baking spice, and brown sugar. If you want a beautiful bottle to celebrate with and you like chardonnay based champagne, look no further!

By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/6/2019 | Send Email
Champagne nerds rejoice! This stunning release from Charles Heidsieck is at the top of my list for interesting champagnes this year. It has a nose of white flowers, citrus, coconut, almonds, and smoke. A lot going on there! On the palate, some upfront oak flavors with very fine acidity. Mid-palate lush, almost honeyed notes, with savory (and smoke) flavors immediately following. On the finish, a nice dollop of cream and then, light grapefruit on the finish. Again, very interesting and unique. A perfect meal choice and sure to hit the sweet spot for those of you who are jaded about bubbles.

By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/5/2019 | Send Email
Champagne Charlie does it again! Only a handful of vintages have been deemed worthy of being called Blanc des Millénaires: 1983, 1985, 1990, and 1995 (and now 2004), and this release lives up to the name. Made entirely with grand cru fruit from Côtes des Blancs, the 1995 is gorgeous, with honey and apricot notes and a core of lemon freshness. While this is a heady, textured Champagne with richness through the palate, there is an undercurrent of salinity and bright acid, which makes it feel surprisingly youthful. Plenty of brioche toastiness and an intoxicating smokiness round out the complex flavor profile. Plus it’s aged over 20 years on the lees in Heidsieck’s legendary Crayères! Incredible.

By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/4/2019 | Send Email
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Exactly what I want in special occasion Champagne - rich hazelnut cream, spicy baked apple, notes of honey and a wonderfully toasty overlay, yet it has great acidity and is still fresh - a wonderful balancing act. Perfect bubbles and silky palate texture,this is perfection in a bottle. Heidsieck has spent a huge amount of effort on quality across the range of their Champagnes, and this is absolutely spectacular!
Drink from 2012 to 2025

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/4/2019 | Send Email
The Blanc de Millenaires from Charles Heidsieck is not only a masterpiece of craft, but also of patience. To say that this Blanc de Blancs is made rarely is an understatement, it has only been made four more times since the original release in 1983! It is composed from the fruit of five cotes des blancs villages; Avize, Oger, Cramant, Mesnil and Vertus, and then aged for decades in the pure chalk crayeres of Charles Heidsieck, 90 feet below Reims. The results are spectacular, with toasted brioche aromas and flavors as well as fabulous freshness and minerality.
Drink from 2019 to 2035

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