Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Blanc NV 750ml
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 cuvée, 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.
Pale, crystalline gold with typical glints of the Chardonnay varietal. The aromas of mature Chardonnay can be recognised initially: white peach, candied citrus with notes of lime, honeysuckle and fresh hazelnut, giving way to subtle hints of tangerine and lemon. Freshness and tautness mark this typically Charles generosity; the attack is pure and forthright, not aggressive but almost unconventionally sauve for a Blanc de Blanc, so often en characterised as sharp rather than creamy. The harmonious finish offers surprising minerality and a slight salinity.