NYE Champagnes 2017
New Year’s Eve brings the hope of a great start to a great new year. With such pressure on this evening it is important to ring in the New Year with the perfect champagne. Luckily there are plenty of great choices to choose from. Of course the well known brands will do fine, but don’t overlook smaller quality producers who have been making high quality Champagnes for generations.
Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve, Reims, France has been producing Champagne from their family’s vineyards for over two centuries. Charles Heidsieck himself came to America in the 1850’s to promote his family’s Champagne and it quickly became a favorite among New York society and beyond.
Charles Heidsieck uses a unique formula to produce their Brut Reserve Champagne. Their 60/40/10 formula brings about spectacular results. This is the process in their own words:
60: the number of hand-selected crus for a blend that is precise, crisp and tailor- made. Wines produced in the harvest year, a third for each variety (Meunier, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir), are vinified cru by cru, variety by variety, in stainless steel vats.
40: a high proportion of 40% reserve wines, equally divided between Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, ensure the fine complexity and voluptuousness of the Brut Réserve.
10: the reserve wines average age, extraordinary for Champagne. Sourced from the best crus produced in the greatest years, the wines placed in reserve are kept f or between 5 and 15 years in stainless steel tanks if not more. This maturing time is essential for their refinement and for the development of their aromatic range.
Champagne Charles Heidsieck, Brut Reserve, Reims, France is glowing yellow in the glass with tiny bubbles rising to the top and bursting through the surface. Yeasty aromas blended with biscuit, lemon and tropical fruits. The palate starts with crisp citrus flavors and tart candy lemon drops. The mouth feel offers a rich lushness from the older silkier wines in the final blend. The finish has plenty of citrus acidity with mouth-watering palate clearing lemon lime flavors.
Beyond a champagne toast at midnight the Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve will flow freely through an evening of elegant foods and desserts.