Thursday, February 14, 2008

Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Blancs 1982

Last night I had the pleasure of drinking one of the best champagnes I’ve had in a long time, enjoyed with friends in the splendid crayères of Charles Heidsieck. Champagne, unlike humans, is always the better for not having traveled, and it is rarely possible to encounter a finer example of a given wine than in a house’s oenothéque. Made by legendary chef de cave Daniel Thibault, the 1982 was the last of Heidsieck’s blancs de blancs before the wine was redesigned as Blanc des Millénaires in 1983, and was composed of fruit exclusively from Cramant, Avize, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oger. This bottle was impeccably fresh and vibrant—my friend Christian, who is the communications director for Heidsieck, noted that it was probably disgorged within the last couple of years. Balancing the rich, voluptuous depth of the vintage with creamy notes of maturity, it showed impeccable balance and grace, with an alluringly silky texture and long, seamlessly fragrant finish. Wines like these remind you that champagne is, indeed, the greatest wine of all.


peter said...

Wow, wish I was the comm. director for Hiedsieck, what a great gig.

I picked some 95 Blanc de Mill up at a recent sale - any thoughts on holding or drinking?

Peter Liem said...

The 1995 Blanc des Millenaires is drinking superbly well now. I'm not saying that it won't develop over time -- it certainly has the structure, depth and grip to do so -- but right now it simply tastes terrific. The best option, of course, is to get multiple bottles so you can drink now AND later....

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Jim Pawela said...

Peter - Dear friends are returning to Norway after several years of exchange of foods, wines, champagnes and friendships. We recently hosted a 'good-bye' champagne party for them; one of the bottles of champagne they offered was a Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millenaires 1983 - No. 1928. I would like to 'replace' the bottle; however, I cannot find it offered through the internet. Please advise - where might I find such a bottle? Regards

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