Charles Heidsieck Rosé Millésimé 2005

93 Points - Decanter, 93 points - Robert Parker,  An elegant, pearly pink with a delicate, joyful effervescence.

Country, Region: France, Champagne
Grape: 70% Pinot Noir 30% Chardonnay
Vintage: 2005
ABV: 12%
Food friend: Canepes
£110.75 Single bottle
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In the glass, the 2005 rosé is an elegant, pearly pink with a delicate
bubble. The nose is deeply perfumed with luxuriant notes of kirsch,
ripe cherries, fleshy plums, pomegranates and cranberries. Pastry
aromas follow, with notes of brioche and fresh butter that
characterise the spirit of this vintage. On the palate, there are
delicate flavours of candied grapefruit and earthier notes. This fullbodied and indulgent wine has a long-lasting, aromatic finish.

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,
has been underpinned by a winemaking team that between
them have been named 'Sparkling Winemaker of the Year' at the
International Wine Challenge 16 times.

The 2005 harvest in Champagne was particularly successful due to
a cold, dry winter, an early heat wave in June that aided
flowering. A reasonable amount of rainfall in the summer and,
finally, a return to high temperatures in early September, ideal for
ripening the grapes. The first grapes were brought in on 9th
September. The weather was ideal, cool, dry and sunny. Cool
nights helped to boost the level of sugar in the grapes. Thanks to
the heat and rain, grapes were plump, heavier than average and
showed an exemplary level of sugar. In addition to these
promising points, excellent acidity ensured perfect balance and
very promising ageing potential for this vintage. First tastings
revealed exceptional Chardonnays, and subtle and aromatic
Pinots Noirs.

After the first fermentation, the wine was racked to separate the
lees and then underwent malolactic fermentation to soften the
natural acidity. 8% of the blend was vinifed as a red wine. After
blending, the cuvée was bottled and selected yeast was added
to begin the second fermentation. The bottles were placed in the
cellar at a temperature of about 10°C to age for a minimum of
eight years before release

'A rich, toasty overtone brings you into the glass of this satiny rosé, offering flavors of baked white cherry and raspberry fruit, saffron, brioche and citrus peel, all deftly meshed with vibrant acidity. Elegant. Disgorged 2017. Drink now through 2029.' 94 points, Wine Spectator

'Striking nose of candied orange, dipped in bitter chocolate and tobacco leaf. Powerful and mouth-filling, with impressive textural richness. Now at its best, the dry finish fully mature, but complex and spicy. The color comes from about 7% pinot noir red wine, partly from the little known Les Riceys in the far south of Champagne. Drink now.' 94 points, James Suckling

94 Points -Wine Spectator, 94 Points - James Suckling, 93 Points - Robert Parker, 93 Points - Decanter

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