2014 Base, 2019 Disgorgement
It is with Brut Réserve that our House has expressed the quintessence of its style. Particularly recognizable, this cuvée is the fruit of a unique blend that can be summarized with one equation: 60/40/10.
60: The number of cru vineyards that are used in crafting the Brut Réserve with each blend. The blend is made of an equal 1/3 of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Meunier that are vinified cru by cru, varietal by varietal, in stainless steel vats.
40: The high proportion of reserve wines, divided equally between Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, that are added to the final blend. This ensures the fine complexity and indulgence of the Brut Réserve.
10: The average age of the reserve wines, an exception in Champagne. Taken from the best crus in the best vintages, the wines placed in reserve are kept in vats for between 5 and 15 years, to develop finesse and their aromatic range.
92+ points, William Kelley, Robert Parker Wine Advocate: “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.”