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It is two centuries since the birth of one of Champagne’s most visionary men. 2022 marks exactly two hundred years since Charles Heidsieck Champagne’s enigmatic founder Charles-Camille Heidsieck was born.

Charles Heidsieck Champagne is observing this special anniversary with a series of celebrations, including the release of a specially designed ‘Collector’s Edition’ bottle of Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve.

The champagne within is the same award-winning blend of vintage base wines and aged reserve wines, and the striking bottle, designed to reference the stories of Charles-Camille’s remarkable life makes it ideal for Christmas gifting and will be available at key specialist retailers over the festive period.

French artist Catherine Gran was entrusted with the artistic creation of the ‘Collector’s Edition’ bottle. She was inspired by the idea of creating a ‘temple’ to Charles Heidsieck, referencing a deeply rooted history, and the House’s call to look into the sky to the future.

Charles-Camille Heidsieck was known all over Paris, and later in American high society, for his charming character and his impeccable dress sense, modelled after the legendary Beau Brummell, the arbiter of fine fashion of the day. Unafraid to challenge the status quo, he became the very first founder of a Champagne House to travel to America. His incredible spirit and bold business sense allowed him to create the market for Champagne in America. Confident in his abilities he made personal friends with the great and the good And used his positive press to open and supply new markets through out the United States.

Towards the end of his life, he invested in a series of 2000-year-old Gallo-Roman crayères (chalk cellars).

dug under Reims. This remarkable vision, alongside the purchase of leading vineyards across the region, has ensured the incredible success of Charles Heidsieck Champagne to this day. Recent Chef de Caves have continued to blaze a trail with the house’s Brut Réserve, one of the most popular and desired Champagne cuvées with its high proportion of reserve wines and extended lees ageing. Charles Heidsieck Champagne is, to this day, the most successful single wine brand in the history of the International Wine Challenge, winning 16 times. No other House has won more than twice.

Brut Réserve Collector Edition

The Collector’s Edition Brut Réserve is blended from more than 120 separately vinified wines from 60 of Champagne’s best villages. Up to 50% of these are reserve wines, held back and aged in Charles Heidsieck’s chalk cellars for up to 20 years, adding to the incredible generosity and complexity of this remarkable non-vintage cuvée. Charles Heidsieck blends from 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay and 20% Meunier for the Brut Réserve.

Tasting

The Brut Réserve is a radiant pale gold colour with fine, persistent bubbles. The nose is characterised by complex pastry aromas, with an opulent combination of ripe apricot, mango, greengages, dried fruits, pistachio and almond. The palate begins with a silky-smooth sensation, developing into ripe fleshy apricot, melon and enticing plum pastry notes and delicate spice. There is perfect balance of freshness and generosity

About Champagne Charles Heidsiek:

Champagne Charles Heidsieck is one of the most respected Champagne houses, based in Reims, France. Founded in 1851, Champagne Charles Heidsieck is among the few prestige brands carrying the Grandes Marques distinction, and the first producer to bring Champagne to the United States. Five generations have been responsible for the House’s fortune, carrying the initial vision of champagne of extreme quality. Since 1851, the authenticity and conviction of the man known to the Americans as ‘Champagne Charlie’ have inspired the unique signature of his champagnes matured in the House’s chalk cellars. Charles Heidsieck champagnes offer a unique blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, combined with more than 50 percent of mature Charles Heidsieck reserve wines, and aged for an average of 10 years. Each bottle matures in chalk cellars for more than 3 years, up to 40 years for collector bottles. This maturation time is essential for the development of the aromatic complexity, silky texture and refined quality, typical of Charles Heidsieck champagnes.

Acclaimed internationally, Champagne Charles Heidsieck has been named Sparkling Winemaker of the Year thirteen times at the International Wine Challenge (IWC) and awarded with numerous Grand Or medals, Best in Show, Trophies and Gold medals during its illustrious history. Its purchase in 2011 by Christofer Descours and the EPI group enabled Charles Heidsieck to quickly bounce back with a new and international ambition.

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