Charles Heidsieck Rosé Vintage 2006
Grape Varietals: 63% Pinot Noir’s & 37% Chardonnay
Growing Region: Crus across Champagne - France
Chef de Cave: Cyril Brun - *(since May 2015)
5 Stars ★★★★★
In 2006 the growing conditions across France and in Champagne were challenging to say the least. But it is during these extremes that gives chef-de-cave Régis Camus the opportunity, when the vines respond as they did in 2006, the ingredients to craft something special. I was in France during that testing vintage and in 2016 was invited to Reims to taste this Vintage Rosé with the newly appointed chef-de-cave Cyril Brun - *(who joined in May 2015).
As I have heard from Régis on several occasions and again during this tasting with Cyril - “Discovering it is not simple... the wine shows itself to those who understand it”. So, please allow me to explain, so you too can discover and enjoy.
For only the second time in the history of the House of Charles Heidsieck - the chef-de-cave decided to disgorge the 2006 Vintage Rosé before the next vintage rosé planned, which was the 2005. A decision justified by the consummate style of the 2006.
The first Vintage Rosé since 1999 - the fruit for this 2006 Vintage Rosé was carefully selected from 15 of the 320 crus across Champagne - they include: Oger, Mesnil-sur-Oger, Cramant and Vertus for the Chardonnay; Avenay, Louvois, Tauxières Ambonnay and Aÿ for the Pinot Noir. The aromatic harmony of the red wines from Bouzy, Ambonnay, Verzenay, Hautvillers and Les Riceys complete this vintage rosé blend. The 2006 Vintage Rosé Champagne was disgorged just before Christmas in 2014.
• As you pour and the bubbles gracefully disperse, a beautiful pale pink glow will fill your glass with amber glints enhanced by a fine perlage and incomparable finesse. This 2006 Vintage Rosé Champagne is invitingly perfumed, the confident aroma immediately announces a powerful, well-structured wine. The Pinots Noir components which were vinified into the still red wine, makes up 8% of the final blend, give the wine a vibrant note of homemade strawberry jam, candied fruits mingled with mild spices of cinnamon, cardamom and honey-nut praline.
On your palate a sensory journey reveals an engaging sensation of vibrant red fruits. This rosé is characterised by a silky texture reminiscent of creamy red fruit pastries. Then those spice notes perfectly entwined come into play. The finish is generous and round, marked by notes of blackberry tea, red cherries, dried cranberries and a hint of fresh figs. The lengthy finish underlines the great complexity, purity and finesse of this 2006 Vintage Rosé.
This Charles Heidsieck Rosé Vintage 2006 has 12% Alc./vol. Chill gently and serve in a generously shaped flute or aromatic wine glass at 9°- 11°C.
Drinking perfectly this season; and will age, hold well for another 6 - 8 years.
FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:
Perfect wine pairing with crayfish or lobster, sushi & sashimi, grilled salmon, seared tuna, seafood paella, slow roasted stuffed red-peppers, and red fruit dessert pastries - enjoy.