Launched at an exclusive party at Sydney’s Paspaley boutique in Martin Place last week, the 2004 vintage of Charles Heidseick Blanc des Millénaires has officially arrived on Australian shores.
This is the highly celebrated older brother of the Charles Heidsieck range, one of the more exclusive and coveted Champagne maisons, famed for the lengthy time their wines spend on lees. The 2004 vintage is the first time the prized bubbles have been offered in Australia since the 1995 vintage was released to market ten years ago.
Made entirely from chardonnay, five different parcels from the Côte des Blancs to be precise, this is a textured and rich vintage wine, but retains the wild and rustic qualities that make Charles such an alluring drop. The whopping fourteen years spent on lees shines through in the nose and the refined front palate, but is superbly balanced with a subtle acidity so often lost in vintage champagnes.
The Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires 2004 is currently on offer by the glass at Sydney’s Quay Restaurant, or at selected stockists, including Elizabeth Bay Cellars, Armadale Cellars and The Wine Emporium. RRP is AU $430, and worth every cent.