This famous champagne house bears the name of its founder, Charles Camille Heidsieck, the nephew of the founder of Piper Heidsieck, the sister enterprise founded in 1785 in Reims, who helped to popularise the image of champagne worldwide. After working in the family business (Piper Heidsieck), Charles Heidsieck founded his own domain in 1851. Going to the United States, he eventually sold over 300,000 bottles in the midst of the American Civil War. Accused of espionage by General Butler, he even spent time in prison. Owned by the Rémy Martin group since 2011 (Descours family), Charles Heidsieck produces a vintage cuvée of great finesse, sought after by many wine lovers. The domain 's style is accentuated, with ample, vinous wines and often offering toasted notes.
About the cuvée
This IGP Vaucluse Blanc is a blend of different local, forgotten grape varieties including Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, Picardon, Picpoul Blanc, Picpoul Gris, Roussane, Marsanne, Clairette and Viognier. These biodynamically cultivated vines give low yields and highly concentrated juice. The nose exudes ripe fruits and almond notes. On the palate, this wine is powerful and elegant, with excellent length. The grapes were harvested by hand and sorted both in the vineyard and the cellar. Natural fermentations are followed by an 18-month élevage in barrels, demi-muids and stainless-steel vats.
The best vintages for Charles Heidsieck Cuvée Charles Heidsieck :
1988, 1985, 1975
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