Charles Heidsieck is one of the most admired Champagne houses thanks to the unrivalled and consistently high quality of its wines. Founded in 1851 by the man who would become known as ‘Champagne Charlie’, this family-owned house is the smallest of the Grandes Marques. Their size, and commitment to excellence, has been underpinned by a winemaking team that between them have been named 'Sparkling Winemaker of the Year' at the International Wine Challenge 16 times. This Millésimé 2008 was composed of ten Grand and Premier Crus (Oger, Vertus, Chouilly, Cuis, Verzy, Aÿ, Ludes, Ambonnay, Tauxières and Avenay) each meticulously selected by the Chef de Caves. After the first fermentation in stainless-steel vats, the wines were racked to separate the lees and then underwent malolactic fermentation to soften the natural acidity and improve texture. After blending the two varieties, the cuvée was bottled and yeast added for second fermentation. The bottles were placed in the cellars in spring 2009, and remained ageing on lees for ten years. After disgorgement and dosage of 8g/l, the wine was aged for a further six months before release.
The 2008 Brut Millésime from Charles Heidsieck continues to perform superbly, opening in the glass with a youthfully reserved bouquet of pear, yellow apple, citrus oil, honeycomb, dried white flowers and warm biscuits. On the palate, its mdeium to full-bodied, deep and incisive, witha racy spine of acidity, a pinpoint mousee, excellent concentration and a long, elegantly chalky finish. The 2008 is still several years from showing all its cards, but its a brilliant Champagne in the making. Disgorged in February 2019 with 8g/l dosage this is Heidsieck's finest vintage bottling since the 1980s. 95 Wine Advocate (Tasted Aug 2019).