Wines to Seek Out
The Champagne wines of Charles Heidsieck have incredible depth and detail. Pinning the tasting notes of these wines is like trying to catch a hummingbird with your bare hands. After a few moments, it is best to just give up, surrender to their rapturous pleasure, and enjoy.
Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Blancs Champagne
A relatively new offering is the Blanc de Blancs, which for wine educators, is a great demonstration of what exactly Chardonnay lends to traditional-method sparkling wines: a tension between crispness and richness that is utterly captivating.
Charles Heidsieck Rosé Réserve Champagne
The Rosé Réserve draws its copper-carnation color from 40% Pinot Noir, and relies on 36 months of aging on the lees, yielding a wine of balanced lightness and complexity. It differentiates from other rosé wines in this category by offering a resounding note of spice.
Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve Champagne
Among the most decadent champagne I’ve come across. Forty-percent of the Brut Réserve comes from reserve wines of 10 or more years of aging, which lends the wine a near-bottomless depth. The quixotic aromas tip their hand toward bosc pears, marzipan, honeycomb and a rich bite of brioche. The finish will doom you to finishing the bottle in a hurry if you’re not careful.