A big boy with almost fleshy fruit. The flavors push into exotic, tropical richness yet retain spicy citrus-rind highlights. There is nothing clumsy, despite the ripeness; the finish seems to extend almost infinitely and keeps zinging you with surprises—marshmallow, marzipan, cookie dough, etc. An added bonus: the back label clearly indicates when it was bottled…
Spent nine years on lees; starts off with a pastry-crust aroma. The wine’s mouthfeel is beautifully textured, neither too coarse nor too foamy. The flavor that manifests itself as butterscotch in the nonvintage brut is, here, like honey and toffee, adding richness to a pear-fruit core. A creamy, full and sexy wine, finishing medium-long. To toast with this wine is…
One of the most famous brand names in Champagne gets its name from an exceptional salesman in the 19th century who had a music hall song written in his honor. He would have been proud to have sold this wine which, despite its age, is still impressively fresh and fruity. Flavors of almonds and toast blend well with green fruits, well proportioned to go with food…
This is young, fresh, full and yeasty, with considerable richness. It shows the superlative quality of Charles Heidsieck as a Champagne producer. A dry Champagne, it is softened by richness, but the intensity and flavor and full green fruits promise great development.
Showing surprising age for such a young vintage, this is a wine that’s ready. It is of course, like all Charles Heidsieck Champagnes, beautifully crafted, with its toast and spice element integrated deftly into the crisp fruits. A top quality Champagne, needing food for its full appreciation.
It’s rare to find a nonvintage blend with such attractive bottle age; in most the fruitiness dominates. This has a toasty character, with an almond note and a ripe mouthfeel that balances its warm pear and yellow-fruit flavors. This demonstrates a full, rich style.
Unusual, in that not many houses declared 1981 a vintage year. This is a supple, beautiful wine, virtually orange in color, a fact that hints at its earthy, autumnal palate impression. Shows hints of mushroom, clarified butter and demi-glace notes on the nose, with baked apple and earth flavors in the mouth. Mature and sexy; drink now.
This finely structured wine shows layers of acidity, gooseberry flavors, and a steely, mineral heart. Like any wine of this vintage, it will age gracefully, and for many years. Available in the U.S. in late 2007.