Charles Heidseick has won more awards in the wine industry than any other house and this is testament to the quality of their wines.
This marked a return to the “traditional” vintage, following the extremely exuberant Millésime 2006. Precipitation fostered grape development without penalising the accumulation of sugar. The sun’s return at harvest has helped Pinots offering strength and great structure. Chardonnays are precise with a freshness that suggests slow ageing.
The 2008 vintage is surely one that will be remembered in Champage. The seasons followed one another, generally characterised by mild temperatures. During the harvest, the sunshine was quite generous, promising a superb vintage ahead.
At the winery, the vinification of the Charles Heidsieck Brut Millésimé 2008 began with alcoholic fermentation and was followed by malolactic fermentation. The latter contributed a certain roundness and vinosity to the wine, which marks the signature style of the house. The wine was then matured in vats and bottled. They aged for 10 years in the chalk cellars of the estate in Reims.
The Charles Heidsieck 2008 Vintage Brut reveals a sparkling yellow-gold colour with green reflections. The effervescence here is quite fine. On the nose, the bouquet is complex. Notes of dried fruit and candied citrus flood the palate. The finish is persistent, offering hints of caramel and yuzu.
The 2008 Brut Vintage will reach its peak around 2022, though it is also possible to taste it now. It can age safely in the cellar until 2032.