Grape Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Growing Region: Reims, France
Chef de Cave: Régis Camus

Described by those in the know: as a masterpiece from the Côte des Blancs in an exceptional vintage. I have had the pleasure on more than one occasion to visit the house of Charles Heidsieck - plus visit the 2000 year old Gallo-Romans chalk cellars from which this wine is named. Though Régis is now the Chef de Cave - during the making of this 1995 ‘Blanc des Millénaires’ Régis actually worked alongside the legendary Daniel Thibault.

 

As Régis joined Piper Heidsieck and Charles Heidsieck in 1994. The two formed a remarkable partnership, so it can be said that Régis has in fact played his part in this stunning wine.
The 1995 ‘Blanc des Millénaires’ is beautifully focused, ample and distinctive, this wine displays all the noble characteristics of a mature Chardonnay - with its incredible potential for ageing - and in the true tradition of the ‘Blanc des Millénaires’. The Charles Heidsieck ‘Blanc des Millénaires’ Brut Vintage 1995 is a Blanc de Blancs - made solely from Chardonnay, produced in very small quantities and only in exceptional years. This complex wine was aged in contact with its own lees for a minimum of 10 years. An exceptional Champagne of superior quality - both subtle and intense.
As you gently pour into a flute - you will have a magnificent, luminous golden glow. On the nose this wine this wine has a rich bouquet of dried and candied summer fruits along with hazelnuts, almonds and deep notes of beeswax and nougat.
This wine is crafted for a strict selection of no more than 4 Grand Crus from the Côte des Blancs and one premier cru offers a unique nobility, elegance and generosity. The palate is voluptuous, velvety and yet delicate texture so characteristic of the Blanc des Millénaires. Soft and sensual, the wine reveals its generosity, layered with notes of mild caramel and a subtle hint of almond butter, complemented by delicate notes of vanilla and cedar wood. These flavours carry on the palate for an eternity, much like the feeling one has when standing in the heart of the 2000-year old chalk cellars. Chill gently and serve at 9-11°C.

20 years’ worth of complexity and yet so fresh.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this coming season; and will hold on for another few years.

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with oysters, crayfish, lobster, stuffed crab, Asian cuisine, Bresse chicken, turkey, even a moist slice of roast pork and seasonal green vegetables, enjoy.