48. 1995 CHARLES HEIDSIECK, Blanc des Millénaires. Champagne
Alcohol Percentage: 12%
Area: Based in Reims, Charles Heidsieck own (or buy grapes from) 120 different vineyards. Unlike most areas, it is the blending of different 'terroirs' that is invariably the key to top quality Champagne
Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay, bottled matured 'on its lees' for 15 years before release
Producer: Charles Heidsieck have had a mixed history but for the last 15 years have been making outstanding wines. Since 2002 Regis Camus has been head winemaker. One of the house's remarkable features is that it releases its wines fully mature - this is the current vintage of its "prestige" wine, whilst most houses are on 2004!
Cellar Potential: Can be kept until 2020 if cellared carefully, but fully mature already
Old Bridge Rating: Of course the price is crazy, but compared to the young and over-hyped offerings of most houses, this looks relatively good value! And it's certainly a brilliant wine, whatever the price
Press Reviews: In 2013 alone this won Decanter World Wine Awards Library Vintage Champagne Trophy, International Wine Challenge Gold Medal, Sommelier Wine Awards Gold Medal. In 2014 it won another Sommelier Gold and "Critic's Choice" Award with the comment - "Complex nutty nose of toast and brioche followed by crisp lemon acidity, mineral and saline notes, and crushed oyster shells, infused with mature tropical fruit with butterscotch and toasted nuts".....!
In 2015 it wine the Decanter World Wine Awards Regional Trophy, for the fourth time.
£149.50 per bottle
£142.03 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£134.55 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles