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N.V. Heidsieck & CO Monopole Extra Dry

ITEM 8021178 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased direct from a distributor

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Heidsieck & CO Monopole

Heidsieck & Co. Monopole is one of three Champagne houses using the name Heidsieck in one way or another, which causes confusion. All three of the “Heidsieck” houses descend from Florens-Louis Heidsieck, a German textile merchant who moved to Reims in the late 18th century and started making wine. Heidsieck and his business heirs not only made excellent Champagne but also excelled at marketing, and the Heidsieck name became synonymous with quality at courts, palaces and high-end restaurants in Europe and the U.S. Heidsieck & Co. Monopole was founded in 1851 by Charles Camille Heidsieck, who was the son of Charles-Henri Heidsieck, nephew to Florens-Louis. Today Heidsieck & Co Monopole is owned by the Vranken company of Epernay, which owns Pommery and other French wine estates.


France, Champagne, Montagne de Reims

Champagne is a small, beautiful wine growing region northeast of Paris whose famous name is misused a million times a day. As wine enthusiasts and all French people are well aware, only sparkling wines produced in Champagne from grapes grown in Champagne can be called Champagne. Sparkling wines produced anywhere else, including in other parts of France, must be called something besides Champagne. Champagne producers are justifiably protective of their wines and the prestige associated with true Champagne. Though the region was growing grapes and making wines in ancient times, it began specializing in sparkling wine in the 17th century, when a Benedictine monk named Dom Pierre Pérignon formulated a set guidelines to improve the quality of the local sparkling wines. Despite legends to the contrary, Dom Pérignon did not “invent” sparkling wine, but his rules about aggressive pruning, small yields and multiple pressings of the grapes were widely adopted, and by the 18th and 19th centuries Champagne had become the wine of choice in fashionable courts and palaces throughout Europe. Today there are 75,000 acres of vineyards in Champagne growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Champagne’s official appellation system classifies villages as Grand Cru or Premier Cru, though there are also many excellent Champagnes that simply carry the regional appellation. Along with well-known international Champagne houses there are numerous so-called “producer Champagnes,” meaning wines made by families who, usually for several or more generations, have worked their own vineyards and produced Champagne only from their own grapes.