This deliciously fresh champagne perfectly expresses the complexity of the Charles Heidsieck style. Its coral-like appearance, has subtle orange reflections that are reminiscent of antique roses. The delicate aromas of freshly picked strawberries gradually increases in intensity, with home-made strawberry jam and blood peaches coming to the fore. These give way to complex notes of almond pastry, gingerbread and cinnamon. The vibrant palate is full of red fruit flavours, with generous floral notes. This is followed by a silky-rich texture, with a long and balanced finish.
Charles Heidsieck have built exceptional relationships with the most experienced growers in the entire Champagne region. For this Rosé, the fruit comes from top villages, such as Les Riceys, Ambonnay and Ay.
After the first fermentation in stainless steel, each tank undergoes malolactic fermentation to soften the natural acidity and enrich the wine. Base wines, including 5-6% red wine from Les Riceys, are blended with 20% reserve wines before bottling. The cuvée is bottled and yeast added to begin the second fermentation. After this, the bottles are lowered into the chalk cellars. To achieve the depth and complexity required by the house style, Charles Heidsieck age their Rosé Réserve champagne for 4-5 years before disgorging; much longer than the legal requirement of 15 months.
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, is underpinned by a winemaking team that has been named 'Sparkling Winemaker of the Year' at the International Wine Challenge no less than 16 times.