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Charles Heidsieck "Brut Reserve" Champagne

SKU #1114273 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Based on the 2014 vintage, complemented by fully 40% old reserve wines, the new release of Charles Heidsieck's NV Brut Réserve was disgorged earlier this year. It's showing very well, opening up in the glass with notes of green apple, dried white flowers, pear, candied peel and walnuts. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, deep and layered, with a textural attack and a racier, tighter-knit core than either the 2012- or 2010-base renditions, displaying good concentration and underlying richness. This is a bottling that continues to punch above its weight and which both merits and rewards a few years in the cellar before opening. (WK) 92+ Inner quote mark (11/2019)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark An extra touch of aging before disgorgement has given this Champagne a fine balance. Hints of toast as well as tight acidity have come from the equal blend of the three main grapes. The fruitiness is still very present, offering crisp citrus to balance the edge of maturity. (RV) Inner quote mark (12/2020)

91 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Contrasts creamy texture with zesty acidity and ripe fruit, feeling lively and vibrant overall. Accomplished and seductive in equal measure. (SF) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark A very savoury Charles Heidsieck champagne at the moment – extremely tight and youthful with some smoky reductive notes as well as one of lime cordial. Real undertow; an exciting combination of producer and vintage with real potential. 17/20 points (JR) Inner quote mark (9/2020)

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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