An excellent rose from one of the more underrated big champagne houses; the 2008 Rose is a magnificent wine. We are down to the last bottles of this beauty with two new recent notes below from Decanter. This is a rose that is so precise and elegant, with excellent balance from start to finish. We are down to our last bottles of this all-time best rose from Charles Heidsieck, so don't miss them!
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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. One of the great buys for Rose and a not-to-miss bottle in the 2008 vintage.
Decanter (Yohan Castaing) 96 points! "Elaborated with 63% Pinot Noir (including 9% of red wine) and 37% Chardonnay, this rosé from Charles Heidsieck is sourced from 11 grands and premiers crus. With a much lower dosage than in previous years (7g/L), it has a spicy and smoky nose with pomegranate, citrus, liquorice and red berry aromas. Harmonious and elegant, the palate is full-bodied with both tense and fresh texture interplays, with a vinous structure. A gastronomic rosé built for long ageing."
Decanter (Simon Field) review only, "Onion skin with coppery glints, welcoming a fine cordon of bubbles, small and persistent. The nose is deliciously serious, marrying red and white fruits, cherry and Mirabelle plums prominent among them, then, traversing the seasons, summer fruits and flowers. Only 9% of red wine has been added; judged to perfection as it lends structure without in any way forsaking an immediate appeal. The result is gastronomic and cerebral, yet also sunny and generous of disposition. Chef de cave Cyril Brun advises that this is a keeper, which will continue to challenge and seduce in equal measure over the next decade and more. Excellent. Disgorged Spring 2020. Dosage 7g/L."
Wine Advocate (William Kelley) 92+ "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."