Charles Heidsieck "Rosé Reserve" Brut Champagne (Previously $70.00)

SKU #1060251 93 points Decanter

 Based on the terrific Pinot Noir from the 2012 vintage, this is a top-dollar pink at a reasonable price. Fresh, intense and opulent, but also refined and of great class. All sorts of sensuous fruits, including black cherry, plum and even prunes, are checked by freshness and vigour. Dosage 11g/l. Disgorged in 2017. (ME)  (8/2017)

93 points John Gilman

 The Charles Heidsieck “Rosé Réserve” non-vintage Brut is composed of the same blend of one-third each of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier, but with six percent of the pinot noir being still red wine from the fine village of Riceys in the Aube. The current release is from the base year of 2008 and was disgorged in 2015, after six years aging sur latte and finished with a dosage of eleven grams per liter. The wine delivers lovely aromatic complexity in its constellation of wild strawberries, tangerine, brioche, chalky soil tones, fresh almond and a touch of dried rose petals in the upper register. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied, focused and still quite youthfully racy, with a lovely core of fruit, superb mineral drive, elegant mousse and outstanding balance and grip on the long and racy finish. This seems far drier than its eleven grams of dosage might suggest, as this bottling has a superb chassis of 2008’s racy acidity. It is already very tasty, but it will age superbly well and I would bury it in the cellar for five or six years and really let it relax a bit structurally and start to sing unashamedly! (Drink between 2018-2045)  (9/2018)

93 points James Suckling

 The Heidsieck toastiness on the nose takes center stage ahead of pink grapefruit and grilled peaches. The palate rolls into ripe red cherry flavors with smooth, nutty phenolics coating the finish. Terrific balance. Drink now,  (10/2017)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Based on 2008 and 20% younger reserve wines (averaging five-years-old) the NV Rosé Reserve includes 5% red wine. Disgorged in early 2015, this cuvée shows a delicate bouquet that leads to a lovely, pure, elegant, intense and complex palate that is full of finesse and tension. The finish is long and salty, very clear and nicely dry. Great aging potential. (SR)  (3/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Lip-smacking acidity firms this sleek rosé Champagne, while flavors of toasted almond, white cherry, fleur de sel and citrus ride the fine mousse. Offers a delicate, smoke-tinged finish. Disgorged 2017. Drink now through 2021. (AN)  (11/2017)

91 points Vinous

 Light, bright orange. Intensely perfumed scents of raspberry, orange zest, white flowers and chalky minerals. Juicy and precise in the mouth, offering vibrant red berry and blood orange flavors and a complicating hint of brioche. The floral quality comes back strong on the very long, incisive finish, which features a subtle anise quality and smoky minerality. About 20% of the Pinot Noir here was in the form of still red wine. (JR)  (1/2015)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 This dry, orange-pink wine is crisp and delicately fruity, but with a tangy, almost tannin texture that gives a definite bite. The bottling (disgorged in 2015) is still young and dominated by the tight acidity. (RV)  (12/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Appreciably different flavour profile to their Brut Réserve, with proper red-fruit flavours and impressive autolysis. Delicious, although the premium on price makes the Brut Réserve look a much better buy at £15 less. 17/20 points. (RH)  (5/2018)

Wine & Spirits

 Creamy and rich, this is a fully mature blend with savory mushroom notes to the fruit. The weight of the wine is augmented by white pepper spice and smokiness. A substantial wine for roast game birds.  (12/2015)

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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/16/2015 | Send Email
The Charles rosé has the honest toast that comes from extended lees contact and very high quality, subtle dark cherry fruit from the still red wine added to the blend. The best thing about the wine is that this rich toasty character is balanced perfectly with top class chalky drive on the back end. Pairing it with ginger garlic chicken, the Champagne had the vinous power to match the assertive flavors of the dish, and the cut to refresh the palate after each rich bite. I love rosé Champagne that can provide both richness, dark fruit flavor and top class refreshment--this Rosé Reserve from Charles Heidsieck delivers it all!

By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/17/2013 | Send Email
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The first thing that is striking about this champagne is the light, almost orange colour that you see in the glass. Very, very attractive! On the nose, gobs of strawberry and blood orange scents. On the palate, strawberry, raspberry and cream. Lingering finish with good acidity.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- The French region of Champagne (comprised of the towns of Rheims, Epernay, and Ay) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and winemaking traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range from the basic brut (often blends of several vintages), single vintage champagnes, and rose.
Alcohol Content (%): 12