CHARLES HEIDSIECK, Brut Réserve. 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: 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Meunier; bottle matured on lees for a minimum of 3 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. Almost 40% of this blend is "reserve wine" - wine held back from previous years.
Cellar Potential: Will steadily improve for 3 years then keep for 3 more.
Food Match: A Champagne style with the (rare) richness of a white Burgundy - and so a great match for food, even standing up to veal, pheasant or guinea fowl.
Old Bridge Rating: Now the leading 'Grande Marque' house for mature styles. This has toasty richness finely balanced by firm freshness - top quality by any standards.
Press Reviews: Ever successful in competitions, highlights including an International Wine Challenge Trophy, Sommelier Wine Awards Critic’s Choice and Decanter Wine Awards Gold Medal.
£44.00 per bottle
£41.80 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£39.60 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles