Heidsieck family has been producing Champagne for generations, but despite being the heir to one of the most prominent champagne houses,Charles-Camille Heidsieck chose to forge his own route and found his own dynasty in order to pursue his own adventure.
Charles Heidsieck is also one of the earliest Champagne Houses to show its love for Chardonnay. Blanc de Blancs was produced in 1949, but there is proof that the Maison began making some mono-crus from the Côte des Blancs in 1906. This cuvée, which was reintroduced in 2018, combines the creation of outstanding white wines with the skill of blending a variety of wines from various years and terroirs. Making the contrast between the silky “Charles” character and the tautness and freshness of young chardonnays coexist is a significant difficulty.
In particular, the cuvée base 2016 is made up of 10 crus of Chardonnay, the most prized grapes in the region, and is the product of a very careful blend of 100% Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs.
Just the first press juice is utilised for this cuvée, and the wines benefit from a maturing period of 3 to 4 years, which is far longer than the average for the area.
On the nose it’s everything you can expect from a mature Chardonnay: from candied citrus, honesuckle, white peach, followed by notes of lime, hazelnut, tangerine and lemon. On the palate it’s extremely fresh and pure, with generous creaminess, minerality and salinity to balance.
Food pairing suggestion: Lobster all the way.