Expressive, yeasty aromas of apple, warm biscuits, toasted nuts, truffle and minerals. A rich, nutty midweight
with enticing coffee, mushrooms and truffle notes. Smooth and harmonious, with a brisk framing
acidity. Nicely balanced Champagne with good intensity and length.
Vinous 91 points - (made from roughly one-third each Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier; 11 g/l dosage; disgorged in 2013 after five years on its yeasts): Bright yellow. Potent smoke-tinged orchard and pit fruit aromas are complemented by notes of tarragon, toasted brioche and pungent flowers. Fleshy and broad on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering juicy pear and nectarine flavors and a bracing kick of chalky minerals. This rich yet lively Champagne finishes with very good thrust and length and repeating smokiness.
Wine Spectator 93 points - Lightly honeyed and silky on the palate, this finely balanced Champagne offers a layered palate of poached pear, almond financier, smoky mineral and candied kumquat and ginger. A seamless, mouthwatering version. Disgorged 2013. Drink now through 2020. -AN
(Nov 15 2014)
OTH 91 points - This is a prime example of what I call a classic, and completely admirable, "Big House” NV Brut. The nose is yeasty but not too, there is freshness yet a trace of age, there is complexity yet there is still some primary fruit and the round but still vibrant offer excellent depth and fine length plus, and this is the most important part, real finishing character. A more than respectable example that is a really lovely effort in every respect and while it could be aged to moderate benefit, I probably wouldn't do so beyond 3 years or so. Score: 91. —Allen Meadows,
points - A big boy with almost fleshy fruit. The flavors push into exotic, tropical richness yet retain spicy citrus-rind highlights. There is nothing clumsy, despite the ripeness; the finish seems to extend almost infinitely and keeps zinging you with surprisesâ€”marshmallow, marzipan, cookie dough, etc. An added bonus: the back label clearly indicates when it was bottled and cellared (2001). Score: 94. —Paul Gregutt, December 01, 2006.
With a balanced portion of all three grape varieties and top growths from throughout the region of
Champagne, Charles Heidsieck’s winemaker often refers to Brut Reserve as "the map of Champagne.”
Brut Reserve’s aging period is longer than most any other non-vintage Champagne producer.
|Wine maker notes
|Produced from 105 different Champagne crus. Contains 50% reserve wine from up to 8 different years.
|COMPOSITION: 35% Pinot Noir, 35% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay
|Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve is a wonderful accompaniment to a variety of foods, especially regional