Wine of the Week

Charles Heidsieck NV

Pop open a bottle of CH - you won't regret it.

For a champagne that scores some serious guy points, crack open a bottle of Charles Heidsieck and toast the Frenchman whose gave the Americans a lesson in joie de vivre.

If you, like Champagne Charlie (Heidsieck’s moniker), enjoy the finer things in life, pop the cork on a new Charles Heidsieck Réserve blend expression and savour the spirit of the man whose wanderlust popularised champagne Stateside when he travelled from his native France intent on adventure in 1852.

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A born explorer, an accused American Civil War spy and a celebrated high-society personality – Heidsiek was a maverick whose Gallic panache and steely Yankophile determination ensured the success of his family’s eponymous business in Europe and beyond which, since its humble beginnings over 200 years ago, houses the largest collection of reserve wines in the Champagne region.

The new ‘Charles’ Brut Réserve NV boasts an average ageing period of eight years – which is on a par with the Champagne region’s finest cuvées, so whether you opt for the classic Brut blend – signature to the house – or the new delicately fruity Rosé Réserve NV, these expressions may be non-vintage but are steeped with a rich flavour and richer history that Champagne Charlie himself would be proud of.

Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve NV, £42 for 75cl bottle.

Charles Heidsieck Rosé Réserve NV, £55 for 75cl bottle.

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