Charles Heidsieck Brut Millesime 2012 Champagne, France 75cl

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Charles Heidsieck Brut Millesime 2012 Champagne, France 75cl

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2012 was an unlikely and surprising success in Champagne, of course, with a chaotic year looking like it was heading for disastrous proportions like 1984. Then came August and the rest is history. Anne Krebiehl MW talks with Heidsieck’s cellar master Cyril Brun about why the house decided to disgorge its new vintage Charles Heidsieck 2012 Brut Millésimé in April 2019, and why they have introduced two new processes with this bottling – the use of Diam’s Mytik cork closures and the practice of jetting.

Brun said the bottles were disgorged in April 2019 because the wine was “entering into a very interesting phase” and re-capped the unlikely and surprising triumph that 2012 became.  We had some spring frost, a little winter frost, a lot of rain in the summer, just in the last part of maturation in mid-August we had the most perfect weather, and that is just then we managed to set the quality of 2012. What we get now is a very balanced wine with a very engaging profile of fruit, not as mature as 2006, you still have tension and acidity, and you can really detect there is more potential. I remember that most of the vignerons were expecting a disaster like 1984 and yet nature is totally independent. In the middle of August it offered us the super gift of 2012. But that is the beauty of the job, nature is the boss.”

60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay sourced only from premiers and grands crus in the Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Blancs. He also noted that two things were new with this bottling: the use of Diam’s Mytik cork closures and the practice of jetting. This is the injection of a tiny amount of water, precisely 0.1 microlitres, just before the bottle is resealed after disgorgement. The micro injection causes the wine to bubble up and the resulting foam expels all oxygen still present in the neckspace before the Mytik cork goes in.

 


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