NV Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve...$53.99
To the eye: A beautiful, pale golden hue, with very fine yet vivacious bubbles. To the nose: First, the impression of pastry shop. Then come the floral notes: Lime-tree in full bloom, violets, lilac, all of which seem to resonate with the blueberry notes and those, even more concentrated, of soft dried apricots. To the mouth: The first impression is silky smooth. Then it starts to melt like ripe fleshy apricots, gorgeous melon and enticing rum pastries. Add the slightly spicy notes of Muscat grape. On the whole, a perfect sense of balance, half-way between freshness and full bloom.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Enthusiast
A big boy with almost fleshy fruit. The flavors push into exotic, tropical richness yet retain spicy citrus-rind highlights. There is nothing clumsy, despite the ripeness; the finish seems to extend almost infinitely and keeps zinging you with surprises-marshmallow, marzipan, cookie dough, etc.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator
2012 Charles Heidsieck Champagne Vintage Brut...$112.99
2012, a vintage, an evidence, a "classic" for Charles.
The House has meticulously selected 10 Grands and Premiers Crus this cuvée is enticing for its pleasant smoothness, aromatic intensity and the saline freshness that is so typical of the House. Its elegance and depth make it ideal for enjoying and pairing with the most sophisticated dishes. It is also perfectly suited for further ageing.
Disgorged in 2019 with eight grams per liter dosage, the 2012 Brut Millésimé offers up aromas of crisp orchard fruit, white flowers and clear honey, complemented by hints of toasted bread, citrus zest and linden. Medium to full-bodied, elegantly fleshy and nicely concentrated, with lively acids and a pinpoint mousse, it's more generous and demonstrative than the 2008, but it will nonetheless reward a bit of bottle age.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate