2008 Charles Heidsieck Brut, 6x750ml
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Case size: 6 / Bottle size: 750ml
Critics Score: 95
Publication: William Kelley, Wine Advocate
Drinking Dates: 2022-2045
2008 Charles Heidsieck Brut
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 vintage was well-balanced with a mild winter followed by some periods of rain at the beginning of spring. During flowering a bitterly cold period in the middle of June threatened the vines, however this fortunately had no impact on the quality of the fruit. Ideal weather during the harvest ensured the grapes were very healthy. Following a series of unusual years, the 2008 harvest returned to the norm of the Champagne region.