2012 is a vintage defined by its potential for aging. This was a certainly newsworthy year – not often does a chaotic and challenging vintage provide wines with such incredible balance, concentration, and harmony. Some people will not hesitate to compare this vintage to spectacular years like 1990 or 1996, and yet the success of the resulting wines might be considered something of a miracle given the challenges of the year. Nature had us fearing the worst in 2012 when it unleashed a range of climate catastrophes on the vineyards. The vintage drove yields down ~30%; however, the incredible talents of our vineyard team set us up for success in creating the most pristine fruit possible: rich in flavor and with good acidity.
2012 was an obvious choice for Charles Heidsieck to declare as a vintage. After the phenomenal 2008 vintage (which required aging to show its full potential), 2012 provided a beautiful contrast as a very classic and elegant vintage. Comprising ten meticulously selected Grands Crus and Premiers Crus, this cuvée is enticing for its pleasant smoothness, aromatic intensity, and the saline freshness that is so typical of the House. Its elegance and depth make it ideal for pairing with the most sophisticated dishes. It is a blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, aged a minimum of 6 years on lees before disgorgement. With 8 g/L of dosage, it is also one of the lowest we have recorded in a vintage wine. Beautiful upon release, it will develop additional nuance over the next 10 years in your cellar.
93 points, Yohan Castaing, Decanter Magazine: “The Brut 2012 from Charles Heidsieck is a blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. The wine expresses aromas of apricot, crisp yellow orchard fruit including lemon but also spring flowers. On the palate, the texture is medium-bodied and very precise, crystalline and long with an expansive finish and some racy, noble bitterness. This is a gourmand style of Champagne that will gain in complexity with 2-3 years of aging. Drinking Window 2020 – 2025.”