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Charles Heidsieck Rosé Millésimé

Champagne

Charles Heidsieck

Charles Heidsieck is one of the most admired Champagne houses thanks to the unrivalled and consistently high quality of its wines...

The current range is one of the most awarded collections of wines in the world. The intricacies of the champagnes’ complex make-up have been perfected over the years by one of the most celebrated winemaking teams in Champagne – between three winemakers they have been awarded ‘Sparkling Winemaker of the Year’ at the International Wine Challenge fifteen times. This winemaking legacy, paired with the house‘s flamboyant history since its foundation in 1851 by the man who would become known as ‘Champagne Charlie‘, makes it a unique offering from Champagne: a house with great, hand-crafted wines, heritage and proven quality.

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Vineyards

This rosé was made from a selection of 15 crus throughout Champagne. The Chardonnay was picked from Oger, Mesnil-sur-Oger, Cramant and Vertus - all mainstays in the classic Charles Heidsieck blends. Key vineyards for the Pinot Noir were Avenay, Tauxières, Ambonnay and Ay. Grapes which make the red wines for the rosé element were from Bouzy, Ambonnay, Les Riceys, Verzenay and Hautvillers.

Vintage information

2006 in Champagne presented various challenges in the vineyards, which ultimately led to a very successful harvest. Winter was very cold, with heavy snowfall across the region. The spring that followed was punctuated by violent thunderstorms, leading to a scorching July, then a cool August. The alternation of hot and cool weather was very beneficial for the maturation of the grapes. The Pinot Noirs were particularly rich, leading Charles Heidsieck to select this year to make a vintage rosé.

Vinification

After the first fermentation, the wine is racked to separate the lees and then undergoes malolactic fermentation to soften the natural acidity. 8% of the blend is vinifed as a red wine. After blending, the cuvée is bottled and selected yeast added to begin the second fermentation. The bottles are placed in the cellar at a temperature of about 10°C to age for a minimum of 8 years before release.

Tasting Notes

An intense nose of freshly made strawberry jam and mingle with cinnamon, cardamom, honey and pink praline. On the palate it is layered and complex with notes of liquorice, blackberry tea, cherries, pink peppercorns and fresh figs. The finish is long and sophisticated.

Vintage information

Vintage 2006
Grape varieties 63% Pinot Noir
37% Chardonnay
Region Champagne
Winemaker Thierry Roset
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%