Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve
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To the eye: A beautiful, pale golden hue, with very fine yet vivacious bubbles. To the nose: First, the impression of pastry shop. Then come the floral notes: Lime-tree in full bloom, violets, lilac, all of which seem to resonate with the blueberry notes and those, even more concentrated, of soft dried apricots. To the mouth: The first impression is silky smooth. Then it starts to melt like ripe fleshy apricots, gorgeous melon and enticing rum pastries. Add the slightly spicy notes of Muscat grape. On the whole, a perfect sense of balance, half-way between freshness and full bloom.
|Region||France, Champagne, Reims|
Wine EnthusiastA big boy with almost fleshy fruit. The flavors push into exotic, tropical richness yet retain spicy citrus-rind highlights. There is nothing clumsy, despite the ripeness; the finish seems to extend almost infinitely and keeps zinging you with surprises-marshmallow, marzipan, cookie dough, etc.
Wine SpectatorA rich and toasty Champagne, with vivacious acidity backing the flavors of apple pastry and coffee, with just a touch of hard candy or treacle. The texture is delicate and refined, and the wine shows fine length overall. Drink now through 2016. 5,000 cases imported.
BurghoundThis is a prime example of what I call a classic, and completely admirable, "Big House" NV Brut. The nose is yeasty but not too, there is freshness yet a trace of age, there is complexity yet there is still some primary fruit and the round but still vibrant offer excellent depth and fine length plus, and this is the most important part, real finishing character. A more than respectable example that is a really lovely effort in every respect and while it could be aged to moderate benefit, I probably wouldn't do so beyond 3 years or so.
Wine AdvocateCharles Heidsieck's NV Brut Reserve is a fresh, floral wine with attractive pear and apple fruit, and an accessible personality. This is Lot 070792 12277, disgorged in 2007. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2010.
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