The French champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve is a compote of multiple vintages, with approximately four years of bottle age. A fine, even mousse with a rich aroma. Delicately floral with nicely balanced acidity, ripe fruit and toasty hints and lively on the finish. Elegant, with great finesse.
World Champion Classic NV Brut Blend – CSWWC 2016
"Rich and creamy, this harmonious Champagne is expressive, with brioche, crystallized honey, black currant and toasted marshmallow flavors, accented by hints of verbena, baked peach and chopped nut. Vibrant and focused through to the lasting, saline-tinged finish." 93 points - Wine Spectator (11/2015)
"A wealth of trademark complexity that makes for an immediately engaging Champagne. Bright little red berries and poached peaches plus flinty reductive notes and baked caramel nut biscuits. Makes a composed and focused impression to start with citrus, strawberry and stone fruit flavors all here; really fluffy foamy texture fills it out and then it rolls through richer savory notes to close." 92 points - James Suckling (7/2015)
"(made from roughly one-third each Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier; 11 g/l dosage; disgorged in 2013 after five years on its yeasts): Bright yellow. Potent smoke-tinged orchard and pit fruit aromas are complemented by notes of tarragon, toasted brioche and pungent flowers. Fleshy and broad on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering juicy pear and nectarine flavors and a bracing kick of chalky minerals. This rich yet lively Champagne finishes with very good thrust and length and repeating smokiness." 91 points - Vinous (1/2015)