The rose version of the incredible 2008, Charles Heidsieck, has a special place in our hearts and doesn't see as much spotlight as it should. However, in recent years, the wines have been stunning, and 2008 is one of those releases that has gained proper attention. A specifically selected blend of 11 grand and premier crus coming to a blend of 63% Pinot Noir, 9% of which is still red wine, and 37% Chardonnay aged on the lees for ten years. Charles Heidsieck also decided to go with a very low dosage, this vintage complementing the freshness of the Champagne and bringing more clarity to the palate. This is also William Kelley's second review of this Champagne after a check-in a year later, and it is just as good, if not better. One of the great buys for Rose and a not-to-miss bottle in the 2008 vintage.
Wine Advocate (William Kelley) 92+ pts! Disgorged in 2020, the newly released 2008 Brut Rosé unwinds in the glass with youthfully reticent notes of tart red berries, white flowers and citrus oil, framed by a touch of light reduction—which I suspect is accentuated by the wine's Diamant closure. Following the wine in my office, it was only on the third day that hints of plums and licorice began to emerge. Medium to full-bodied, taut and chiseled, it's concentrated and layered, with real cut and energy, but it's also borderline austere and will require patience to realize all its potential. When compared with the rich, demonstrative 2006, it was to be expected that the 2008 would represent a change of pace; but the contrast is even starker than I would have expected.