Established by Charles Heidsieck In 1851, he chose to leave the vineyards in the hands of those who know them best, nurturing their talent, their knowledge and their respect for the terroir. With an early focus on producing and ageing wine, Charles purchased forty-seven chalk cellars dating from the 11th century. This labyrinth of underground alcoves and galleries offering ideal conditions for ageing and enhancing his wines.
One of the first merchants to bring champagne to US, where he gained notoriety through the name and the song Champagne Charlie, he introduced his house to the highest echelons. On returning to Europe, he turned his attention first to Belgium and then to England, where his labels soon became a feature in royal courts.
The curves of chalk cellar – or crayère – No. 9, located in Reims and unique in the world, inspired the original design of the bottles used for the Brut Réserve and Rosé Réserve cuvées. This showcase, whose proportions mimic those of a magnum (the ideal format for maturing the wine) did not escape the attention of Charles. The monochrome aesthetic of the ‘Crayère’ bottles is directly inspired by the House’s heritage and care has been taken to convey the spirit of the historic labels. For each cuvée, the labels on the neck and body of the bottle are in an original colour, chosen to reflect the character of the wine within.
The champagnes offer a blend of one third of each varietal from a single year (representing 60% of the overall blend) with the remaining 40% made up of reserve wines. The wines age in chalk cellars for between three to fifteen years, a process key to their finesse. Since 1990, its non-vintage bottles have displayed the dates both of their cellaring and disgorgement.
Regarded as one of the greatest houses in Champagne, in the wake of Charles’ passing, the reputation of the House was further built on the brilliance of the chef de cave – the late Daniel Thibault – with the wines under his guidance reaching almost mythical status.
Charles Heidsieck Wines
- Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve
- Charles Heidsieck Rosé Réserve
- Charles Heidsieck Brut vintage 2000
- Charles Heidsieck Brut vintage 1999
- Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Millenaires 1995
For more information visit the Charles Heidsieck website.