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N.V. Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve

Disgorged 2020

ITEM 8237642 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased direct from a distributor; Consignor is original owner

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
stemi3 1 $95 $95
taheo 1 $95 $95
3 $95
Item Sold Amount Date
I8271264 1 $98 Jun 12, 2022
I8257770 1 $95 Jun 5, 2022
I8237642 2 $95 May 22, 2022
I8198247 3 $95 May 1, 2022
I8149679 2 $135 Mar 27, 2022
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RATINGS

92Wine Spectator

Compelling, from the first aromas of butter, vanilla, toast and coffee to the candied citrus and passion fruit jelly flavors. Harmonious and long, with a refined finish that echoes mineral.

90Vinous / IWC

...Rich, broad and fleshy but energetic, offering juicy orchard fruit flavors and notes of honeysuckle and buttered toast. Shows an exotic note of iodine on the sappy, persistent and smoky finish...

18Jancis Robinson

...Well-balanced and layered and complete, spreads across the palate. No excess residual sugar or acidity. Very pleasing length.

PRODUCER

Charles Heidsieck

Charles Heidsieck founded the Champagne house he named for himself in 1851. An energetic marketer, Heidsieck traveled to the United States in 1852 where his Champagne became immensely popular. In 1864 he took his marketing skills and his wine to Russia, where the Champagne became the favorite of the royal Russian family. Today the famous estate in Epernay is part of EPI, a French luxury goods conglomerate owned by the Descours family. Charles Heidsieck is, according to Robert M. Parker Jr., “known as a source for rich, supple, forward Champagne…” One of the maison’s prestige cuvees is a blanc de noir called “Champagne Charlie,” named for the founder, who was called Champagne Charlie by his first customers in the United States.

REGION

France, Champagne

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.