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100 best champagnes for 2015 26 juli 2015

In May the FINE Champagne Magazine and Tastingbook selected the World’s Best Champagnes for 2015. This year rose’s triumph with the majestic Ruinart ‘Dom Ruinart Rosé’ 2002 claiming the title of the ‘Best Champagne for 2015’.

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decanter tasting 2000 vs 2002 1 juli 2015

We gathered a group of tasters in RJ’s tasting group to taste 2000 side-by-side with 2002 vintage. The result will be published in the next issue of Decanter Magazine Read about last years tasting,named ‘Crème de la crème’. (mer…)

release of 1995 blanc de millenaires @ systembolaget 26 november 2014

On the 9th of September 360 bottles of 1995 Charles Heidsieck ‘Blanc de Millenaires’ was released.

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1995 Charles Heidsieck ‘Blanc de Millenaires’  | Reims | Champagne | France | SBnr 99445 price 1 399 sek | 100CH | BJ 95(95

TASTING NOTE  ‘Charles Heidsieck’s cuvée de prestige is a constant winner at blind tastings all over the world. I’m less impressed by the deep yellow drink with its fine but rather miserly classical nose and buttery Chardonnay flavor. So silky-smooth and with such intensive nut toffee! The toastiness is there, but lying swimming in an oily nectar which prevents it from really making its way forward as it does in many other vintages. Pretty mousse and uplifting charm.’

Read more about our last Visit @ Charles Heidsieck – Reims.

R.I.P. Thierry Roset 6 oktober 2014

It is with a heavy heart that we write to inform you that Thierry Roset, our friend and winemaker of Charles Heidsieck, passed away suddenly yesterday.

As you will be well aware, Thierry had recently celebrated 25 years with Charles Heidsieck, having joined the Maison as Assistant to Chef de Caves Daniel Thibaut in September, 1988. He himself was appointed Chef de Caves in April, 2012, under the direction of Régis Camus.

Thierry’s extraordinary skills as a winemaker were recognised earlier this year when he received the International Wine Challenge’s ”Sparkling Winemaker of the Year” award.

We are devastated by the tragic loss of a man who touched us all with his humility, kindness and gentle nature. Our thoughts are with Thierry’s wife, their three children and wider family.

The 100 best cuvée préstige champagne in the world – the photo session 4 juli 2014

PARTICIPATING PRODUCERS Salon, Krug, Jacques Selosse, Veuve Clicquot, Louis Roederer, Pol Roger, Taittinger, Charles Heidsieck, Ruinart, Perrier-Jouët, Deutz, Dom Pérignon, Claude Cazals, Charles Heidsieck, Piper-Heidsieck, R & L Legras, Bollinger, Laurent-Perrier, Henriot, Pommery, Léclapart, Pierre Peters, de Sousa, Diebolt-Vallois, Deutz, Perrier-Jouët, Guy Charlemagne, Philipponnat, Vilmart, Mumm, Agrapart, Billecart-Salmon, Gosset, Jacquesson & Fils, Joseph Perrier, Duval-Leroy. Gimmonet, Egly-Ouriet, Henri Giraud, Philippe Gonet, Lanson, Bonnaire, J-L Vergnon, Alfred Gratien, R.H. Coutier, Cattier, Paul Bara, de Venoge, Palmer, Dampierre, Michel Genet, Gonet-Medeville, Gosset-Brabant, Lasalle, Tarlant, Drappier, Veuve Fourny, Roger Brun, Henri Abelé, Leclerc-Briant, Mailly, H. Billot, Georges Vessellse, Marguet, Dehours, Paul Déthune, Lamiable, Pascal Doquet, Bourdaire-Gallois, Michel, Gonet, Legras & Haas, Michel Arnould, Chartogne-Taillet, Canard-Duchêne, José Michel, Colin, Ayala, Charles Ellner, Thienot, Ployez-Jacquemart, Michel Turgy, Mandois, Boizel, Roger Coulon, Beaumont de Crayeres, Lenoble, Jacquart, Goutorbe, Launois, Tornay, Loriot, Maillart, André Clouet, Coessens, Nicolas Feuilatte, Roland Champion, Telmont, Nominée-Renard, Gimmonet, Hebrart, Gaston Chicquet, Esterlin, Paul Bara, Bruno Paillard, Jean Milan

TOPP-TIO by RICHARD JUHLIN

  1. Salon – 2002 Cuvée ‘S’ de Salon  (95) 97
  2. Louis Roederer – 2006 Cristal (95) 96,5
  3. Dom Pérignon – 2004 Cuvée Dom Pérignon (95)96,5
  4. Taittinger – 2005 Comtes de Champagne (95)96,5
  5. Jacques Selosse – mv Substance (96)96
  6. Krug – mv Grande Cuvée (94)95,5
  7. Pol Roger – 2000 Cuvée Sir winston Churchill (94)95,5
  8. Veuve Clicquot – 2004 La Grande Dame (93,5)95
  9. Perrier-Jouët – 2002 Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs (93) 95
  10. Piper-Heidsieck – 2002 Rare (93)95

TOP-TIO by THE JURY

  1. Salon – 2002 Cuvée ‘S’ de Salon – 96,285
  2. Krug – mv Grande Cuvée – 96,071
  3. Jacques Selosse –  mv Substance – 96,000
  4. Veuve Clicquot – 2004 La Grande Dame – 95,571
  5. Louis Roederer – 2006 Cristal – 95,285
  6. Pol Roger – 2000 Cuvée Sir winston Churchill – 95,214
  7. Taittinger – 2005 Comtes de Champagne – 95,142
  8. Charles Heidsieck – 1995 Blanc de Millénaires – 95,000
  9. Ruinart – 2002 Dom Ruinart – 94,714
  10. Perrier-Jouët – 2002 Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs – 93,857

the Juhlin tasting 2014 – the 100 best cuvée préstige champagnes of the world 24 juni 2014

Champagne expert Richard Juhlin hosted the greatest tasting of the Cuvée Prestige Champagnes ever arranged – ‘The Juhlin Tasting 2014’. 2012 the theme was Blanc de Blancs & 2013 it was time for the world’s 100 best rosé champagnes. 50 of the best grower champagnes and the 50 absolute best houses were tasted blindly. The jury was set up by eight highly skilled members of the Champagne Club. Amongst them our champagne writer, champagne blogger, champagne lover  & sommelier Björnstierne Antonson.

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THE RICHARD JUHLIN TASTING LIBRARY  is the world’s largest independent member database of tasted and rated Champagnes. Richard Juhlin is continuously cataloging all sampled Champagnes in real time, which gives you a great treasure to explore! Nowadays, the database contains more than 8700 unique tasting notes.

Richard Juhlin are continually and promptly adding tasting notes, and other relevant facts, on all tasted Champagnes. Everything is included and can be methodically and efficiently searched for specific information, or just a quiet read, enjoy and be inspired by Juhlin texts.

Each ‘tasting note’ contains information about a specific Champagne. From the producer and in which village the producer is located, vintage, when it is tested, the composition of grapes, which point Richard Juhlin has given the Champagne during the test, and the wine’s maximum potential future credit for optimum storage. Of course, also included Juhlins uniquely personal description of a wine.

To get access to the tasting notes of Richard Juhlin You need to be a member in Champagne Club.

WHY BECOME A MEMBER?

The primary purpose of the champagne club is to be a serious global source of freshly updated information about the world of champagne. A membership will give you unlimited access to the unique Richard Juhlin Tasting Library, functioning as your informational hub. Here you can read about, and search among, over 8 000 different champagnes, including Mr Juhlin´s tasting notes and the grades he has awarded each wine, both for current and potential character. On the same day that he has tasted a new champagne, you, as a member, can go in and read about the wine in question. If you have doubts when purchasing, or want to know how the bottles in your own wine cellar are progressing, you can stay au jour with notes on the development of thousands of champagnes over time.

Because Mr Juhlin deals with so much more than just sparkling wines, you will also get a chance to read about other wines, restaurants and gastronomic experiences that appeal to his nose and palette. Through the club you will also find it easier to take part in some of the tours that are organized, as well as have the chance to meet kindred spirits either on the Internet or at tastings and other events that are continually arranged.

 

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CUVÉE PRÉSTIGE CHAMPAGNE Prestige Champagnes are usually the firms most expensive wines and should be the essence of the very best the producers can perform. Prestige Champagnes is almost always the wines that each firm considers to be their ”top of the line”, but no law in the world can prevent them from package a simple standard Champagne in a showy bottle and then shout from the rooftops that this is the house’s crown jewel.

PARTICIPATING PRODUCERS Salon, Krug, Jacques Selosse, Veuve Clicquot, Louis Roederer, Pol Roger, Taittinger, Charles Heidsieck, Ruinart, Perrier-Jouët, Deutz, Dom Pérignon, Claude Cazals, Charles Heidsieck, Piper-Heidsieck, R & L Legras, Bollinger, Laurent-Perrier, Henriot, Pommery, Léclapart, Pierre Peters, de Sousa, Diebolt-Vallois, Deutz, Perrier-Jouët, Guy Charlemagne, Philipponnat, Vilmart, Mumm, Agrapart, Billecart-Salmon, Gosset, Jacquesson & Fils, Joseph Perrier, Duval-Leroy. Gimmonet, Egly-Ouriet, Henri Giraud, Philippe Gonet, Lanson, Bonnaire, J-L Vergnon, Alfred Gratien, R.H. Coutier, Cattier, Paul Bara, de Venoge, Palmer, Dampierre, Michel Genet, Gonet-Medeville, Gosset-Brabant, Lasalle, Tarlant, Drappier, Veuve Fourny, Roger Brun, Henri Abelé, Leclerc-Briant, Mailly, H. Billot, Georges Vessellse, Marguet, Dehours, Paul Déthune, Lamiable, Pascal Doquet, Bourdaire-Gallois, Michel, Gonet, Legras & Haas, Michel Arnould, Chartogne-Taillet, Canard-Duchêne, José Michel, Colin, Ayala, Charles Ellner, Thienot, Ployez-Jacquemart, Michel Turgy, Mandois, Boizel, Roger Coulon, Beaumont de Crayeres, Lenoble, Jacquart, Goutorbe, Launois, Tornay, Loriot, Maillart, André Clouet, Coessens, Nicolas Feuilatte, Roland Champion, Telmont, Nominée-Renard, Gimmonet, Hebrart, Gaston Chicquet, Esterlin, Paul Bara, Bruno Paillard, Jean Milan

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TOPP-TIO by RICHARD JUHLIN

  1. Salon – 2002 Cuvée ‘S’ de Salon  (95) 97
  2. Louis Roederer – 2006 Cristal (95) 96,5
  3. Dom Pérignon – 2004 Cuvée Dom Pérignon (95)96,5
  4. Taittinger – 2005 Comtes de Champagne (95)96,5
  5. Jacques Selosse – mv Substance (96)96
  6. Krug – mv Grande Cuvée (94)95,5
  7. Pol Roger – 2000 Cuvée Sir winston Churchill (94)95,5
  8. Veuve Clicquot – 2004 La Grande Dame (93,5)95
  9. Perrier-Jouët – 2002 Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs (93) 95
  10. Piper-Heidsieck – 2002 Rare (93)95

TOP-TIO by THE JURY

  1. Salon – 2002 Cuvée ‘S’ de Salon – 96,285
  2. Krug – mv Grande Cuvée – 96,071
  3. Jacques Selosse –  mv Substance – 96,000
  4. Veuve Clicquot – 2004 La Grande Dame – 95,571
  5. Louis Roederer – 2006 Cristal – 95,285
  6. Pol Roger – 2000 Cuvée Sir winston Churchill – 95,214
  7. Taittinger – 2005 Comtes de Champagne – 95,142
  8. Charles Heidsieck – 1995 Blanc de Millénaires – 95,000
  9. Ruinart – 2002 Dom Ruinart – 94,714
  10. Perrier-Jouët – 2002 Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs – 93,857

 

Visit @ Charles Heidsieck – Reims 10 juni 2014

Me (Björnstierne) and my sommelier college ‘TheWineBurglar’ flew down to Reims and meet up with the team from Champagne Charles Heidsieck, old time favorites. We we’re treated royaly with a grand vertical of their splendid Champagnes. The tasting was held by the humble and enthusiastic Chef de caves Thierry Roset.

2000 Charles Heidsieck ’Millésime’ won the title ‘Best Champagne in the World’ in September 2013 amongst 1000 tasted Champagnes for Fine Champagne Magazine. Charles Heidsieck ’Brut Réserve’ got the title ‘Best non-vintage’ in the same publication 2014. 1995 Charles Heidsieck ’Blanc de Millenaire’ won the  International Trophy in DWWA’13 – Decanter World Wine Awards.

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2000 Charles Heidsieck ‘Millésime’ | Reims | Champagne | France | price €65 | 60PN 40CH | TASTING NOTE  Enormously voluptuous and classical. Gorgeously nutty, with creamy Chardonnay character and sunnily replete with orange. Yet another fantastic Heidsieck. BJ 90(92) 

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1995 Charles Heidsieck ‘Blanc de Millenaires’  | Reims | Champagne | France | price €150 | 100CH | TASTING NOTE  Heidsieck’s new cuvée de prestige is a constant winner at blind tastings all over the world. I’m less impressed by the deep yellow drink with its fine but rather miserly classical nose and buttery Chardonnay flavor. So silky-smooth and with such intensive nut toffee! The toastiness is there, but lying swimming in an oily nectar which prevents it from really making its way forward as it does in many other vintages. Pretty mousse and uplifting charm. BJ 95(95) 

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1990 Charles Heidsieck ‘Blanc de Millenaires Vinothèque‘  | Reims | Champagne | France | price unknown | 100CH | TASTING NOTE  The foremost vintage so far of this acclaimed prestige Champagne. The scent is clear as a bell with Grand Siècle’s beautiful note of sun-dried, newly laundered sheets, along with more than a dash of famous coffee-roasting house. Clean, focused, lemony-fresh, and sporty taste. A Ferrari of the wine world! BJ 95(96)  

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1985 Charles Heidsieck ‘Blanc de Millenaires Vinothèque‘  | Reims | Champagne | France | price unknown | 100CH | TASTING NOTE  I must admit that I did not expect this from the beginning a bit over-polished ingratiating wine could reach such amazing heights. Absolutely incredibly tasty giving a languorous euphoria-creating need to flood oneself by drinking this wine in big gulps. BJ 97(97)  

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1985 Charles Heidsieck ‘Millésime Vinothèque’  | Reims | Champagne | France | price €200 | 70PN 30CH | TASTING NOTE  A trifle more austere perhaps, but instead somewhat more elegant than the normally disgorged wine. Just as delicious. BJ 92(93)  

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1985 Charles Heidsieck ‘Champagne Charlie Vinothèque’ | Reims | Champagne | France | price €250 | 70PN 30CH | TASTING NOTE  Actually very different from the usual Charlie! Perhaps a little less complex but here you will find the unexpected super availability as some 85s suddenly shows. It feels like a vanilla scented candy bag in the style of the gorgeous William Deutz with short aftertaste á la Heidsieck. Extremely volatile plenty! Nowadays one of the most perfectly roasted sshoolbookschampagnes the house has made. BJ 98(98)  

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1983 Charles Heidsieck ‘Champagne Charlie Vinothèque’ | Reims | Champagne | France | price €350 | 70PN 30CH | TASTING NOTE  What a fantastic bouquet! Super-elegant, flowery undertone of the finest Chardonnay. Those tones, however, must be content to play second fiddle, because the Dom Pérignon-like coffee-roasting house aroma is so extremely pronounced. This is, for sure, a conscious house-style, and one would have to look far and wide to find something stronger than here in the company’s ’83s. The flavor is slightly smoky, lemony-fresh, and peppery in the finish. One of the vintage’s most distinguished Champagnes. BJ 95(96)  

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1983 Charles Heidsieck ‘Millésime Vinothèque’ Reims | Champagne | France | price €290 | 50PN 50CH | TASTING NOTE Newly disgorged direct from the house’s beautiful cellar collection. Fantastically, smokily toasted, grilled and nutty! The fruitiness is not the very best but the mousse trifles prettily with the tongue and the taste explosion of gunpowder smoke on the tongue is sensational. BJ 93(93)  

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1983 Charles Heidsieck ‘Blanc de Millenaires Vinothèque’  Reims | Champagne | France | price €300 | 100CH | TASTING NOTE Newly disgorged direct from the house’s beautiful cellar collection. These Oenothèque wines are truly delightful. What vigour and freshness along with the depth and the tones of maturity that are gradually revealed. Exquisitely delicious! This wine is still rather too light and perhaps a trifle too polished, but wonderfully fine and delicious with its sophisticated style. BJ 94(94)  

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1981 Charles Heidsieck ‘Blanc de Millenaires Vinothèque’  Reims | Champagne | France | price €300 | 100CH | TASTING NOTE Straw color, sparklingly lively, characteristic vintage-typical hawthorn nose, and slightly unpolished taste. For the moment, completely wonderful, with a nose of mint toffee, mango, vanilla, sweet butter toffee, and acacia honey. Butterscotchy and elegant, with fine fatness and beautiful freshness. Fantastic development. BJ 93(93)  

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1981 Charles Heidsieck ‘Champagne Charlie Vinothèque’  Reims | Champagne | France | price €300 | 50PN 50CH | TASTING NOTE The name Champagne Charlie didn’t go down so well in the English-speaking world, so Charles Heidsieck decided to discontinue this lovely Champagne. Juicy, exotic, and well-balanced, with a good grip and long aftertaste of mango. There is still a little more to be won from this sleek wine. Acacia tones skillfully interwoven with deep cellar tones, mineral and toast enchant me at any rate. BJ 96(97)  

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1979 Charles Heidsieck ‘Champagne Charlie Vinothèque’  Reims | Champagne | France | price €400 | 50PN 5PM 45CH | TASTING NOTE Newly disgorged direct from the house’s beautiful cellar collection. A very youthful twenty-two-year-old that isn’t at all as expressive as its normally disgorged twin. Intensely sparkling, brilliant young color. Vegetal freshness mixed with fishy notes. A lively wine with good structure and a short aftertaste. Only 1,500 bottles are sold under this label. BJ 93(94)  

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1975 Charles Heidsieck ‘Le Royale Vinothèque’  Reims | Champagne | France | price €500 | 50PN 5PM 45CH | TASTING NOTE Light and fine in colour. Not at all oxidative as so many wines from the 70s are. Slenderly built and yet solid in a slightly chilly way. Apart from the lack of length in the aftertaste that is typical of the house, this is a phenomenal wine. Profoundly, beautifully golden, vivacious, creamy, and yes, almost as sluggish as acacia honey, and yet delightfully elegant and refreshing with a purity and a seductive aroma that carries one’s thoughts to orange blossomBJ 96(96)  

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