Charles Heidsieck "Brut Reserve" Champagne

SKU #1114273 94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Remarkable depth of mature aromas - tons of candied lemon peel, dried pear and brioche - plus wonderful textural richness on the palate make this stand out amongst the regular Brut NVs. Then comes the intense and very long, mineral finish to crown this prince of the category. Based on 2016 base wines, but with 52% reserve wines, almost a third of which were 10 to 20 years of age. Inner quote mark (7/2022)

93 points Decanter

Outer quote mark One of the best value grandes marques on the market, a blend of 60 crus, with roughly a third each of Pinot Noir, Meunier and Chardonnay, vinified individually by cru and variety, in stainless steel. Compared to other grandes marques, it is high (40%) in reserve wines, averaging 10 years old and dating back to 1990. Quite a floral style with lemon sherbet intensity and bready, leesy characters. It has great concentration and complexity, with a lovely grip of acidity on the finish. (CG) Inner quote mark (12/2020)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Even the nonvintage cuvée from this top producer has bottle age, so the yeasty edge and touches of almonds balance with the Champagne's acidity and fruitiness of white fruits and citrus flavors. This fine poised wine is ready to drink. (RV) Inner quote mark (12/2022)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The NV Champagne Reserve Brut is sunny with aromas of golden orchard fruits, pineapple, yellow apple, and fresh pastry dough. The palate is matched with ripe peach, buttered orange citrus, and yellow flowers and is rounded, with a silky mouthfeel, although it is fully dry. Classic in style, it is charming and leans towards opulence. (AF) Inner quote mark (11/2022)

92 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark (NV Charles Heidsieck “Brut Réserve” NV (Reims)) The new release of Charles Heidsieck non-vintage Brut is from the base year of 2010 and was disgorged in 2018, giving this wine plenty of time to develop with time aging sur latte. The bouquet is deep, refined and complex, wafting from the glass in a lovely blend of apple, nectarine, patissière, a touch of hazelnut, a lovely base of chalky soil tones and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied, focused and complex, with an excellent core of fruit, lovely soil signature, very elegant mousse and a long, poised and perfectly balanced finish. With seven years of aging on its fine lees, this wine is remarkably complex and truly ready to drink upon release, which is all too rare in the world of non-vintage Brut. As is always the case, this is one of the finer non-vintage Bruts on the market today. (Drink between 2021-2040) Inner quote mark (4/2021)

92 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Based on the 2017 vintage, complemented by 50% reserve wines (emphasizing Pinot, which was in short supply in the base vintage), Heidsieck's NV Brut Réserve exhibits aromas of sweet citrus fruit, buttery pastry, dried white flowers, bee pollen, crisp orchard fruit and praline. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and seamless, with a pretty core of fruit, lively acids and chalky structure, it's a giving, charming wine that will offer a broad drinking window. (WK) Inner quote mark (8/2022)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Firm acidity defines this rich, well-integrated Champagne, with aromas and flavors of toasted brioche and grilled nut, white peach and cherry fruit, coffee liqueur and grated ginger. Like a cashmere scarf, there's a pleasing plushness to the mouthfeel, wrapping the structured frame in fine tailoring. (AN) Inner quote mark (11/2022)

K&L Notes

It is funny to call this the "new" Charles when it actually has more old wine in it! The first difference between this wine and the old label is that this is 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 of multi-vintage Champagne for the price and a testament to the blenders' art. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/30/2018 | Send Email
Layered and heady, this Brut Champagne is composed mostly of reserve wines dating back to the 1990s, yet still shows a crisp core of minerality, with a satisfyingly long finish. There's even that coveted hint of brioche character. The value here is really incredible, especially considering Charles Heidsieck's smaller operation, storied history, legendary caves, and quality.

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/27/2017 | Send Email
In a lineup with 12 other Grand Marques, Champagne Charlie was at the top of my list of favorites. The Brut Reserve uses up to 20-year-old reserve wines for 40% of its blend and combines the flavors of fresh stone fruit and pears with quince and dried apricots for a rich, but ultimately refreshing and vibrant profile.

By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/17/2016 | Send Email
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Simply delicious, the Charles Heidsieck Champagnes have improved so drastically lately that if you haven't tried them recently you owe it to yourself to try one now. Bold nutty, toasty and rich, but not lumbering or cloying - it has a lovely acidity to finish it off. Bravo!

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/3/2015 | Send Email
My jaw almost dropped when I learned the story of the new Charles Heidsieck from Cecile Bonnefond, the CEO of both Charles and Piper. Instead of the normal package change / price increase rationalized by “increased international demand” this wine had been improved at great cost to the producer before the price went up! The new package contains a selection of half the vineyard sites of the old one, and older reserve wines. The result is non-vintage Champagne that is better than most big house vintage wines and a stronger value now at the current price than the old Charles was at $34.99. When we poured this at a recent in-store tasting on “House Style” it was one of the stars of the night. This Champagne has depth, combining maturity and freshness, nutty intrigue and minerality!

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