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Charles Heidsieck

Blanc des Millénaires 1996 Bottle (0.75L) | Box

A subtle and profound revelation of the Côte des Blancs. An intense, radiant champagne. ” Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires 1996 expresses the essence of time for the House of Charles Heidsieck with intensity and elegance. Ten years of patience and the expertise of three cellar masters have shaped this masterpiece of the Côte des Blancs. A journey through time and texture, from chalky terroirs to our age-old Crayères. “Elise Losfelt, Cellar Manager


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    A forerunner in Chardonnay-only blends, Charles Heidsieck took an early interest in this category, Blancs de Blancs, which was still marginal at the time. Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires 1996, the 8th Vintage in the last 40 years, is : Incomparable texture. Maturity, liveliness and ageing potential give this wine its unmistakable aromatic complexity. The extreme expression of time. 9 years of ageing in the thousand-year-old chalk pits from which the wine takes its name. The exclusive product of great Chardonnays. 5 Grands Crus and 1 Premier Cru from the Côte des Blancs, selected for their ability to evolve and express their richness during ripening: Oger, Mesnil-sur-Oger, Avize, Cramant, Vertus.
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    Vintage 1996 : The sunny month of June kicked off the flowering under perfect conditions, followed by a rainy month of July that provided sufficient water for the grapes to grow rapidly in a healthy environment. After a rather cold August, a warm September focused on acidity and sugar in the berries.After a rather cold August, a warm and dry September concentrated acidity and sugars in the berries. The 1996 vintage revealed a remarkable freshness and purity for the Chardonnays of the Côte des Blancs.
    To the eye

    A brilliant golden color.

    On the nose

    Notes of fresh blood orange, hazelnuts and toasted almonds.

    In the mouth

    After the tension, the enveloping texture arrives with brioche and ripe apricot notes, sweet tobacco and eucalyptus, deep salinity, chalky texture.

    Food & champagne pairings

    Illustrating this powerful bond, Jérôme Banctel, three-starred chef of the Michelin 3-star restaurant La Réserve Paris and friend of the Maison Charles Heidsieck, shares his vision of "Charles": "The Maison Charles is a real favorite, just like its team: generous wines with great depth. It brought me luck for my third star.

    Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires 1996 is the ideal accompaniment to a meal, with, for example, Beef Carpaccio with capers, grilled hazelnuts, anchovies and sun-dried tomatoes; Gambas à la plancha with pastis; and cheeses such as Saint-Nectaire or Morbier.

    Ideal operating temperature

    To appreciate all its finesse and aromas, champagne should be enjoyed chilled (but not iced). Depending on the cuvée, the ideal serving temperature is between 8 and 12°C.

    Potential of keeping

    Within 30 years.

    Assembly :
    100% Chardonnay.
    Dosage :
    9 g/liter

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