Charles Heidsieck


Charles Heidsieck Millesime '06 |Vintage |2006

Charles Heidsieck

Charles Heidsieck Millesime '06

Vintage 2006

On sale

$179.95

- Fantastic vintage champagne, showing the charm of this harvest year

- Rich, decadent style of champagne. We recommend decanting prior to serving

- Pair this with a cheese souffle or a pumpkin and parmesan risotto

Charming from the very first sip, the Vintage Brut 2006 expresses more freshness and grace than its predecessor, the Vintage Brut 2005. This distinctive aromatic profile confirms the very ‘raison d’être’ of a vintage wine, the expression of one particular year.

The fruit of a year characterized by a generous acidity, this vintage presents excellent ageing potential. Matured for almost ten years in the unique thousand-year-old chalk cellars, this ideal classic fully reveals its complex character and takes its place amongst the most celebrated Champagnes.

"The wine initially presents a generous nose with floral tones highlighted with a touch of jasmine and honeysuckle. An abundance of fruity aromas then comes alive: white peach, fresh apricot, mirabelle plum, grapefruit and yuzu with each other. When swirled in the glass, more subtle notes of bergamot, toasted hazelnut, liquorice and grated coconut confer a superb complexity to this multi-dimensional bouquet." - Chef de Caves - Cyril Brun.

Technical Notes

Second release since 2000 and then 2005, with 2001 and 2003 write-offs and the more elegant 2002 and 2004 reserved for Piper-Heidsieck; 60% pinot noir, 40% chardonnay from just 11 villages, with a strong base of Ambonnay, then Verzy, Verzenay, Bouzy, Avize, Oger, Cramant, Vertus, Mailly and Vindey; 10g/L dosage. 

Watch the exclusive winemaker interview trailer below or full version here

What makes Charles Heidsieck such an excellent house? Well there are many avenue we can discuss, however, let's will focus on their unashamed pursuit of quality through long cellar ageing, a back catalogue of reserve wines in Solera and a multitude of vineyard sites to select across. They produce some 800,000 bottles a year, which is small on the grand scheme of champagne production. The Chef de Cave is Cyril Brun who has done a sterling job of crafting some extraordinary wines with finesse, power and maturity.

According to our friend and colleague Tyson Stelzer, "The new Charles Heidsieck is built on deep, autumnal complexity, juxtaposed with vibrant energy and astonishing poise. Its cuvées have never looked finer." Tyson Stelzer - The Champagne Guide 2018-2019

Let's not forget they own 1 of the 5 UNESCO World Heritage listed Gallo-Roman cellars that are impressive as they are a prominent part of history.

A full yet bright-yellow hue with a gold tint heralds the succulent generosity of Charles and the exuberant, exotic richness of 2006, yet with definition and poise. A glorious assemblage of golden grilled pineapple, juicy white peach, fig, tarte tatin, toffee, warm honey, brioche, truffles, vanilla, candied almonds, roast chestnuts, nutmeg, cinnamon, even hints of pipe smoke and high-cocoa dark chocolate – definitive, flamboyant and luscious Charles! The firm, fine phenolic grip of this warm season is well set against its juicy creaminess, melding seamlessly with pronounced chalk mineral grit (of Oger and Vertus in particular), boasting a structure that would obliterate any mortal cuvée. It holds magnificent line, length, poise and integrity, even in the midst of such proportions and not inconsiderable structure. A fantastic 2006 to drink now and over the next few years. Tyson Stelzer

 

About the house

What makes Charles Heidsieck such an excellent house? Well there are many avenue we can discuss, however, let's will focus on their unashamed pursuit of quality through long cellar ageing, a back catalogue of reserve wines in Solera and a multitude of vineyard sites to select across. They produce some 800,000 bottles a year, which is small on the grand scheme of champagne production. The Chef de Cave is Cyril Brun who has done a sterling job of crafting some extraordinary wines with finesse, power and maturity.

According to our friend and colleague Tyson Stelzer, "The new Charles Heidsieck is built on deep, autumnal complexity, juxtaposed with vibrant energy and astonishing poise. Its cuvées have never looked finer." Tyson Stelzer - The Champagne Guide 2018-2019

Let's not forget they own 1 of the 5 UNESCO World Heritage listed Gallo-Roman cellars that are impressive as they are a prominent part of history.

Journalist Reviews

A full yet bright-yellow hue with a gold tint heralds the succulent generosity of Charles and the exuberant, exotic richness of 2006, yet with definition and poise. A glorious assemblage of golden grilled pineapple, juicy white peach, fig, tarte tatin, toffee, warm honey, brioche, truffles, vanilla, candied almonds, roast chestnuts, nutmeg, cinnamon, even hints of pipe smoke and high-cocoa dark chocolate – definitive, flamboyant and luscious Charles! The firm, fine phenolic grip of this warm season is well set against its juicy creaminess, melding seamlessly with pronounced chalk mineral grit (of Oger and Vertus in particular), boasting a structure that would obliterate any mortal cuvée. It holds magnificent line, length, poise and integrity, even in the midst of such proportions and not inconsiderable structure. A fantastic 2006 to drink now and over the next few years. Tyson Stelzer

 

Stone Fruit


Apricot White Peach

Citrus Fruit


Grapefruit Yuzu

Tropical Fruit


Coconut

Nut


Hazelnut