A panel of experts chose Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve as their best champagne of 2021 based on a shortlist of eight champagnes prepared by the head buyer of online retailers The Whiskey Exchange, Dawn Davies (MW).

The champagnes all cost less than £65 and the panel made their decision not just on taste but also quality of packaging and value for money.

Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve was described as “simply superb non-vintage cuvée” made by “Charles Heidsieck, the most highly-regarded of the Heidsieck houses in terms of quality.”

“A delicious, great-value champagne with a memorable history, Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve is a must-try for fizz fans,” The Whiskey Exchange concludes.

About Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve

Brut Réserve is the champagne that best expresses the Charles Heidsieck style, that Chef de Cave Cyril Brun says “bring together the best of both sides of champagne with the extremely pleasant and refreshing aspect of young champagne, combined with all the power and complexity of mature champagne.”

This non-vintage cuvée is the fruit of a unique blend that the house summarisess with one equation: 60/40/10.

60: The number of crus used in the blend. A third for each grape variety is used (Meunier, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir). They are vinified cru by cru, varietal by varietal, in stainless steel vats.

40: 40% reserve wines, equally divided between Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, are added to the bend to ensure complexity.

10: The average years of age of the reserve wines. They come from the best crus from the best years and are kept in vats for between 5 and 15 years to develop finesse and new aromas.

The result is that “our Brut Réserve shows such complexity and a texture that put it in a different league of non-vintage champagnes, almost into the vintage champagnes category” Cyril says. I totally agree.

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