Champagne Charles Heidsieck - Champmarket

CHARLES HEIDSIECK

TYPIQUEMENT CHARLES
Le champagne Charles Heidsieck doit sa typicité remarquable à ses 40 % de vins de réserve et à une maturation de trois ans minimum dans d’imposantes et rares crayères. Des partis pris qui en font l’un des champagnes les plus récompensés au monde. Comme son vin, Charles avait non seulement du style, mais aussi de la profondeur et un sacré caractère.

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Champagne Charles Heidsieck - Champmarket

Charles Heidsieck, the soul of great champagnes


Founded in Reims in 1851, Charles Heidsieck is one of the most noble names in Champagne. Cultivating a unique and recognisable style, marked by elegance, complexity and generosity, all combined in a perfect symbiosis.

Charles Heidsieck, a gentleman, elegant entrepreneur, determined to reinvent himself


Charles Heidsieck was bold, visionary and resolutely charismatic.
Charles Camille Heidsieck was born in 1822. His great uncle was at the origin of the Champagne House Heidsieck Cie, founded 37 years earlier. Raised under the influence of the traditions of Reims and Prussia, Charles decided at the age of 29 to strike out on his own. He founded the Maison Charles Heidsieck in 1851 in Reims.
Then, in 1852, Charles Heidsieck left for America. The man knew how to make a place for himself in the very closed circle of American elites. He was even nicknamed "Champagne Charlie".
This true conqueror returned to Europe and continued the success of the House, which became the supplier of many European royal courts.

The Crayères, the masterpiece of the Charles Heidsieck House, has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2015


In 1867, Charles Heidsieck acquired forty-seven Crayères dating from the 2nd century, representing more than eight kilometres of underground galleries dug right into the chalky rock, thirty metres below ground. Thanks to the constant temperature that reigns there, time does its work here. They house several million bottles, which rest patiently to perfect their maturation for at least four years, and sometimes more than forty years.
A true jewel of the House and an architectural treasure, the Charles Heidsieck chalk pits have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2015.

In 2011, Charles Heidsieck entered a new era in its history when it was acquired by the Descours family. Today, the mission of Stephen Leroux, Executive Director, and Cyril Brun, elected "Best Sparkling Wine Cellar Master of the Year 2019" at the London Wine Challenge, is to continue the Charles Heidsieck adventure and perpetuate the values of this great family of Champagne pioneers for whom the world is the only horizon.

Charles Heidsieck, a preserved vineyard


TAKING CARE OF THE LAND ENTRUSTED TO US
Part of our supplies come from the 75 hectares of the family group's vineyards, 25% of which are Grands Crus. They are harmoniously distributed between the Marne and the Aube to reflect the diversity of the Champagne terroir.

MAKING SUSTAINABLE VITICULTURE A PRIORITY, AS A MATTER OF COURSE
Since 2015, the Charles Heidsieck vineyard has been certified "Viticulture Durable en Champagne" and "Haute Valeur Environnementale". These
commitments aim at a better respect of :

  • The environment: just as one does not take medicine if one is in good health, the House
    The environment: just as one does not take medicine if one is healthy, the House uses organic fertilisers if and only if treatments are deemed necessary.

  • Biodiversity: the House favours a natural solution to keep away the larvae that ravage the vines.
    This is done through the sexual confusion of butterflies rather than through the use of insecticides.

  • Soil maintenance: in order to preserve the life of the soil, since 2005, 80% of our vineyard is grassed (no chemical weed killers), with a target of 100% by 2020.


DESERVING THE TRUST OF GENERATIONS OF WINEMAKERS
To complete its supplies, the House relies on long-term partnerships with numerous winegrowers in the region: solid links are formed, sometimes renewed for four generations. This mutual trust helps everyone to progress in the cultivation of the vine. This delicacy enriches our quality, like time and selectivity.
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