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2005 Charles Heidsieck Brut Champagne

SKU #1197234 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 Still very young, this holds great potential. Rich, full-bodied and densely structured, it is a wine first, sparkling second. Ripe apple and peach flavors partner with a strongly mineral texture. It needs to age more in bottle, so drink from 2016. *Cellar Selection* (RV)  (12/2014)

94 points John Gilman

 The wine delivers superb refinement in its complex bouquet of apple, pain grillé, pear, a touch of hazelnut, complex soil tones and a gently smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, focused and complex, with outstanding depth at the core, bright acids, very elegant mousse and a very long, vibrant and classic finish. At age eleven, the 2005 Charles Heidsieck Brut Millésime is starting to drink splendidly, but it has the structure and balance to age for decades to come. Fine, fine juice. (Drink between 2016-2035)  (5/2016)

93 points James Suckling

 This has terrific composure, among the fresher and better-presented of the vintage in terms of aromas. It's toasty with grilled hazelnuts, chalky and flinty. Aromas are in the pithy grapefruit and dried peach spectrum, with lemon too. The palate's seamless, powerful and quite deeply flavored. It climbs high and wide, then focuses neatly through the finish as acidity chimes in as well as some cherry flavor that steadies and balances. Great drinking now.  (7/2015)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2005 Vintage Brut – a classic mix of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay – is a very ripe and concentrated Champagne with a bit of bitterness in the finish. '2005 was austere as a young wine, but since 2015, it shows very well and promises a very good aging potential,' finds chef de cave Régis Camus. The wine opens deep, pure and fresh on the nose, with very clear white fruit aromas, spiced bread and a very clear definition. Light, fresh and finesse-full on the silky-textured palate, but also round and intense, this is a very elegant and refined vintage Champagne. It has a pure and fresh finish, and a long and intense aftertaste. 93+ (SR)  (6/2016)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Notes of apricot and black currant preserves are layered with racy acidity and flavors of grilled nut, pastry cream and candied lemon peel in this creamy, elegant Champagne. Rich and finely balanced, with a vibrant, smoke-tinged finish. Disgorged 2014. Drink now through 2028. (AN)  (11/2015)

92 points Vinous

 The 2005 Brut Vintage is an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next few years. Brioche, pastry, baked apple and apricot are some of the notes that flesh out in the glass. Supple, expressive and inviting, the 2005 offers lovely balance, especially for the year. Warm, toasty notes meld into the resonant, enveloping finish. This is quite lovely. (AG)  (11/2015)

91 points Wine & Spirits

 Plump and rich, this fits clearly within the house style, its flavors broadened by scents of marzipan and spice- box complexity. It’s potent and dense, almost gamey in its power, with a slightly green edge to the acidity that should mellow as the wine ages further.  (12/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Disgorged 2016. Greenish gold. Intense and brooding with the merest hint of coconut (apparently a Charles Heidsieck trait). Very tense but rich and dense too. Dry finish. Would ideally be released now but in fact it’s coming to the end of supply. Should perhaps have been held back? 17/20 points. (JR)  (8/2017)

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Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/16/2016 | Send Email
The fruit from this remarkable vintage was rich and ripe, and after spending 8 years on its lees and a few more in bottle, it has transformed into a rich, creamy, well-rounded Champagne. Rich roasted apricots, roasted hazelnuts and butter notes ride a smooth and creamy texture that coats the entire palate before an elegant, soft acid finish. This is a special bottle of bubbles!

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/15/2016 | Send Email
The most decadent bottle of the whole staff summit was the 2005 Charles Heidsieck Brut Champagne. This blend of 11 crus is composed of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir and aged for 8 years on the lees. It is loaded with buttered toast aromas and is deep, rich and broad. The bead is very precise and fine while the wine itself is full bodied. If you love the full English style of Champagne, this is the best bottle in the store!

Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/11/2015 | Send Email
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If you are looking for a richer style of champagne, this is your go to wine! A blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% chardonnay with a rich nose of cream, brioche and toasted nuts. Rich and ripe on the palate with sweet apples, caramel and figs. Nice, clean and lingering finish.

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