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Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Blancs Champagne

SKU #1378909 94 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Launched in May 2018, this new cuvée was inspired by the very first blanc de blancs produced by the house in 1947, well before this style became fashionable. Based on the 2012 harvest, with 20% reserve wine dating back to 2005, this is not a baby version of Blanc des Millénaires, but more of an aperitif style. Fresh, pure and elegant with aromas of white peach, grapefruit and some floral notes. There’s beautiful salinity on the palate, with the acidity melting into the wine with a chalky sensation and creaminess on the finish. (CG) Inner quote mark (8/2018)

92 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark This is the first release in a very, very long time of a non-vintage Blanc de Blancs from Charles Heidsieck and the wine is outstanding. The wine is from the excellent base year of 2012 and includes twenty-five percent reserve wines. It was disgorged in 2017 and finished with a dosage of ten grams per liter. The wine delivers a beautifully refined bouquet of pear, apple, brioche, chalky soil tones, a hint of almond and a topnote of spring flowers. On the palate the wine is bright, zesty and full-bodied, with a fine core of fruit, elegant mousse, excellent focus and grip and a long, dry and complex finish. While this was finished with ten grams per liter of dosage, it seems quite a bit drier, as this wine has plenty of good, young chardonnay acidity in its structural chassis and will age beautifully. A fine, fine re-introduction of this bottling to the Charles Heidsieck stables! 92+ Inner quote mark (9/2018)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Based on the 2012 vintage, the latest rendition of Heidsieck's NV Blanc de Blancs incorporates some 20% reserve wines, derived from younger vintages to emphasize what Cyril Brun described as the 'youthful' side of Chardonnay, in contrast to the mature expression of that cépage offered by the house's Blanc de Millénaires. Unwinding in the glass with aromas of citrus oil, white flowers, green apple and walnut oil, complemented by some of the empyreumatic nuances so typical of the base vintage, it's a medium to full-bodied, elegantly textural and incisive wine that's lively and inviting. It was disgorged last year with nine grams per liter dosage. (WK) Inner quote mark (8/2019)

91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Hints of toast and hazelnut form a rich thread running through the poached pear, plum, preserved lemon and grated ginger flavors of this mouthwatering Champagne, with a satiny bead. (AN) Inner quote mark (11/2018)

K&L Notes

Winery notes: "Charles Heidsieck was one of the very first Champagne Houses to demonstrate its passion for Chardonnay by producing a Blanc de Blancs in its 1949 vintage. There is also evidence that the Maison had produced some mono-crus from the Côte des Blancs as early as 1906... Through this cuvée, relaunched in 2018, two of the House’s areas of expertise come together: the production of great white wines and the art of blending a large selection of wines from different years and terroirs. The considerable challenge is to make opposites coexist: the tautness and the freshness of young chardonnays on the one hand, and the silky 'Charles' character on the other. ON THE NOSE: the aromas of mature Chardonnay can be recognized initially: white peach, candied citrus with notes of lime, honeysuckle and fresh hazelnut, giving way to subtle hints of tangerine and lemon. ON THE PALATE: freshness and tautness mark this typically Charles generosity: the attack is pure and forthright, not aggressive but almost unconventionally suave for a Blanc de Blancs, so often en characterised as being sharp rather than creamy. The harmonious finish offers surprising minerality and a slight salinity."

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