Wine Advocate 93
“This bottle of the 2005 Brut Rosé was disgorged in 2017 with ten grams per liter dosage. It's a lovely wine that offers up complex notes of red apple, mandarin, white cherries, brioche and nutmeg. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, pure and vibrant, with a fleshy core of fruit, brisk acids, a refined mousse and lovely chalky grip on the finish. This is a serious, vinous rosé that numbers among the challenging 2005 vintage's successes.“
by Wine Advocate, WK, 2019.
Wine Spectator 94
“A rich, toasty overtone brings you into the glass of this satiny rosé, offering flavors of baked white cherry and raspberry fruit, saffron, brioche and citrus peel, all deftly meshed with vibrant acidity. Elegant.“
by Wine Spectator, AN, 2019.
GENEROUS AND PRECISE, THIS IS CLASSIC BEAUTY IN THE TRADITION OF CHAMPAGNE took its time to mature and, thanks to the sunlight during the year, it developed a generous angular structure which, over the years, became full-bodied and radiant. After more than 10 years on the lees, even having the 2006 vintage precede it, this Rosé has today fulfilled its promise - a redolent and powerful wine with excellent aging potential.
Elegant, pearly pink with delicate, joyful effervescence, the 2005 cuvée offers a deep, powerful, and luxurious notes of kirsch, ripe cherries, plum, pomegranate, and cranberry. Rich, radiant and generous, this cornucopia of ripe fruit yields to hints of rich pastries and brioche alongside freshly churned butter. With subtle flavors of candied grapefruit giving way to hints of underbrush, this unbridled and indulgent wine features a power and depth with its full body and long-lasting aromatic persistence. A blend of 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, 10% complementary red grape varieties. Composed of a selection of 12 Grands and Premiers Crus including Ay, Ambonnay, Louvois, Tauxières, Ludes, Cumières, Verzy, Villers Marmery, Vertus, Avize, Oger, Trépail, Les Riceys, and La Montagne de Reims. Aged more than 10 years on the lees. To be enjoyed over the next 12 years.
Charles Heidsieck is the smallest of the Grandes Marques Champagne Houses. Based in the Reims region of Champagne, it is one of the best-known producers for both vintage and non-vintage cuvée. In 1851, young Charles Heidsieck founded his own Champagne house in Reims. He understood that the United States was an important emerging market, so he traversed America repeatedly north to south promoting his new brand. The stylish entrepreneur became known lovingly as “Champagne Charlie.”
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The Heidsieck name rings throughout Champagne for the first time thanks to the drive of Florens Louis, son of a Lutheran Pasteur from Westphalia. He founds the Maison Heidsieck & Cie in 1785. His nephew, Charles-Henri, has decided to join his uncle. Raised in the Lutheran religion, he has himself naturalized as a French citizen, marries a young Catholic woman from Reims and even has converted to Catholicism himself. Charles-Henri then turns to the wine and cloth trade of his in-laws, the Henriot family.
Charles-Camille Heidsieck is born in 1822 into a family where eminent Reims traditions reign side by side with Prussian rigour. In 1851, at age 29, he founds a Maison designed in his image and creates a wine to reflect his personality. The wine bears his first name. Charles' reputation quickly spreads around the cosmopolitan world.Then, Charles decides to take his champagnes around the world. He makes an initial foray to Belgium and England to promote his new brand and to set up representatives.
In 1852, he leaves for the United States because he sees an opportunity to go where nobody has been before. He is the very first champagne merchant to make the journey.
The Universal Exhibitions provide him with a perfect springboard. In 1859, the Bordeaux universal exhibition awards him a gold medal which glimmers on labels of bottles served at royal tables throughout Europe.
In 1862, Charles-Camille Heidsieck decides not to buy land but invests in cellars dating from the 2nd century, a labyrinth of underground galleries with ideal hygrometric conditions foraging his wines. Thus, he gives the importance of selecting, blending and ageing. For him, the vineyards will remain in the hands of growers and their expertise.