Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Blancs
Charles Heidsieck was one of the very first Champagne Houses to demonstrate its passion for Chardonnay by producing a Blanc de Blancs in its 1949 vintage. There is also evidence that the Maison had produced some mono-crus from the Côte des Blancs as early as 1906... Through this cuvee, relaunched in 2018, two of the House's areas of expertise come together: the production of great white wines and the art of blending a large selection of wines from different years and terroirs. The considerable challenge is to make opposites coexist: the tautness and the freshness of young chardonnays on the one hand, and the silky 'Charles' character on the other.
On the eye: Pale, crystalline gold with the typical glints of the Chardonnay varietal.
On the nose: The aromas of mature Chardonnay can be recognized initially: white peach, candied citrus with notes of lime, honeysuckle and fresh hazelnut, giving way to subtle hints of tangerine and lemon.
On the palate: The attack is pure and forthright, not aggressive but almost conventionally suave for a Blanc de Blancs, so often characterized as being sharp rather than creamy. The harmonious finish offers surprising minerality and slight salinity.