CHARLES HEIDSIECK

2004 Blanc de Millénaires

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Grapes Chardonnay
Colour White
Origin France, Champagne
ABV 12%

Disgorged in November 2017 after 13 years on the lees, the stunning 2004 Blanc des Millénaires is a worthy successor to the 1995. Unfurling in the glass with aromas of green apple, pear, brioche and fresh pastry that are framed by a lovely smoky, autolytic top note, the wine is full-bodied, ample and concentrated, with ripe acids, superb depth at the core and a textural, vinous quality while remaining very classical in profile. The finish is long and expansive. This is a terrific blanc de blancs from Charles Heidsieck that has a long and glorious future ahead of it. Sadly, the price of this cuvée has finally caught up with the quality. Drink 2018-2040 Drinking range: 2018 - 2040 Rating: 95 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate (Apr 2019)

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It says much that Charles Heidsieck went for the 2004, not the richer 2002, as the long-awaited successor to the epic 1995 Millenaires - the '04 has an admirable beauty and finesse in the classic mould that fits the style of this wine so well. It's an intriguing blend of great Chardonnays from Oger, Mesnil, Avize and Cramant, but also from Vertus, a premier cru punching above its weight. Vanilla and butter flatter this wine famously, but there's no oak. It has controlled richness, with precision and purity ruling over the green and tropical fruits. A magnificent champagne with impressively elegant acidity, a triumph now and for years to come. Disgorged in 2016. Drinking range: 2020 - 2035 Rating: 94 Decanter Magazine(Aug 2017)

Charles Heidsieck

Founded in 1851 by 29 year old Charles Camille Heidsieck, the original 'Champagne Charlie'. Charles Heidsieck was the very first champagne merchant to travel to America, and is credited with popularising champagne over in the USA. In 1862, Heidsieck decided to invest in cellars dating from the 2nd century, rather than buying land for vineyards - henceforth placing more importance on the careful selection, ageing and blending of the wines, whilst leaving the viticulture to the experts in that field. In 2012 Cécile Bonnefond took on the position of CEO at Heidsieck after spending 8 years working for Veuve Cliquot.

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