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Charles Heidsieck Millésime Vintage Rosé
37% chardonnay from Oger, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Cramant and Vertus, 63% pinot from Avenay, Louvois, Tauxières, Ambonnay and Aÿ, including 8% pinot noir red wine, half from Bouzy, Ambonnay, Verzenay and Hautvillers and half Les Riceys; fermented in stainless steel tanks, cru by cru, variety by variety; 10g/L dosage; just 6% of the sales of the house.
One of Cyril Brun’s first decisions on joining the company was to release this vintage before the 2005 (which he recalls brought some strange looks – ‘Who is that new guy doing crazy things?!’). I loved it on that first release and I adore it even more now, its pinot core having burst through its surface in a display of breathtaking red cherries, wild strawberries, even cassis, at once fresh, flamboyant and vivacious, and at the same time complex and contemplative. The elegant freshness and freeze-frame evolution of its early life have held transfixed, melting effortlessly into a vortex of deeply evocative Charles spice, ginger and brioche, all the while projecting beautifully refined acid structure and stunning chalk mineral freshness. A delightful Rosé for long conversations on cool nights. 97 Points - Tyson Stelzer
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