Grape Varietals: 60% Pinot Noir & 40% Chardonnay
Growing Region: Reims, France
Chef de Cave: Cyril Brun - (joined on the 25th May 2015)

Charles Heidsieck is one of the most admired Champagne houses due to the unrivaled and consistently high quality of their wines. So it is a great honour for the recent appointment and arrival of Cyril Brun as the new ‘Chef de Cave’ - who joined the house on the 25th May of this year. Even though Cyril was not involved with producing this 2005 vintage Champagne - (being crafted by Régis Camus - director of winemaking at Piper & Charles Heidsieck).

 

I thought it an ideal time to introduce him, as Cyril has now started and will be the man behind the wines of Charles Heidsieck going forward. The cuvée and vintage selections from Charles Heidsieck are some the most awarded wines in the world. The intricacies and complexity of their champagnes, have been perfected over the years by one of the most celebrated winemaking teams in Champagne. The team have admirably developed upon the legacy and respected history since its foundation in 1851.
This wine was disgorged in the spring after eight years maturing in their stunning Gallo-Roman cellars below the city of Reims. Crafted from an exceptional 2005 vintage - which has produced a rich and generous Champagne. The wine is sourced from 11 villages including: Oger, Avize, Cramant and Vertus for the Chardonnay and Mailly and Ambonnay for the Pinot Noir, which makes up 60% of the blend. This 2005 vintage showcases the classic hallmarks of Charles Heidsieck - great depth, balance and richness.
In your glass you will be greeted by a deep golden colour with a generous fine effervescence. This 2005 vintage has an engaging aroma of stone fruits, hazelnuts and Asian spices. The grapes chosen for this wine go through a meticulous selection process resulting in a wine with a complex personality. On the palate you have incredible intensity - though all of the characters that engage your senses are extremely well balanced. The palate has a firm solid structure, with an unctuous nature and generous flavours of dried apricots, stone-fruits, roasted nuts and subtle spices. The wine has a full and rich texture and harmonious acidity, resulting in a rewarding long finish.
This Champagne has 12% alc/vol and residual sugar 10.8g/l. Cool decanter for 20-30 minutes and serve in a tulip or aromatic glass at 8-10°C. 

A wine of distinct character, from an exceptional vintage.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this summer season; plus it will mature well for another 6-8 years. 

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with oysters, seasoned shellfish, crayfish, lobster, whole fish, chicken, turkey, walnut and pesto pasta and with aged, parmesan cheese - enjoy.