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NV Charles Heidsieck Champagne & Sparkling Wine "Brut Reserve" (10/15)

Winery: Charles Heidsieck

Vintage: NV

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Brut Reserve" (10/15)

Wine Category: Champagne & Sparkling Wine

Grape blend: 34% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay, & 33% Pinot Meunier

Region: Champagne

State or country: France

Price: $65

Cases produced: 3,000

KWG Score: 92.7 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)

Review date: October 26, 2015

Wine Review: This straw colored Champagne was one of our top scoring wines in our recent big blind tasting. It opens with a vanilla and light dough bouquet with hints of caramelized apple and faint oak. On the palate, this wine is light bodied, elegant and smooth. The flavor profile is a mild mineral infused green apple with hints of lemon verbena, pineapple and toasty oak. The finish is dry and fades away nicely. The panel suggested pairing this very nice Champagne with smoked Gouda. Enjoy - KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: Experience a fully developed wine, with a radiant bouquet that is captivating yet subtle. Although notes of fully ripe fruit, such as nectarines and cherry plums, are apparent initially, the finish reveals the wealth of the gourmet world, hinting at nougat, honey and cereal grains.

Organic status: not organic

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve.

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