|STILL AN OUTSTANDING VALUE WITH ITS NEW LOWER PRICE!!
"A mineral note presents itself as a smoky thread that wraps around flavors of apricot, kumquat, lemon curd and zesty spice. This is lightly chalky, with a mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2015. 12,714 cases imported. " (WS)
"($35) (70% pinot noir, 20% chardonnay and 10% pinot meunier): Light yellow-gold. Ripe pear and strawberry aromas and flavors, along with notes of sweet butter and honey. Fleshy and open-knit, showing a supple texture and good finishing cling. Easygoing and seamless Champagne that has the heft to work with richer foods." (IWC)
Iíve been on a major Champagne kick lately and it seems like anything with the word ďHeidsieckĒ on the label is really good. In the last month, Iíve had Piper-Heidsieck, Charles Heidsieck and Heidsieck and Co, all in the $25-30 range and all fantastic values. This got me thinking about about how three different Champagne houses could have the same name, so I did some research on the Interwebís #1 source of sometimes accurate information (Wikipedia), and hereís what I came up with:
Charles Heidsieck (of Charles Heidsieck) was the son of Charles-Henri Heidsieck (a Champagne merchant) who was the nephew of Florens-Louis Heidsieck (of Piper-Heidsieck) and the cousin of Pierre Auguste Heidsieck (of Heidsieck and Co Monopole). Got it?
Now that you know who founded Heidsieck and Co., youíre probably wondering how it tastes. It tastes exactly as Champagne should; dry, slightly woody, with nice citrus notes. What make this special is the texture, which is particularly creamy, making this Champagne more comparable to those in the $50 price range. Of all the Champagne Iíve enjoyed recently, this is probably my favorite under $30, though you really canít go wrong with any of the Heidsiecks.
You donít need a reason to drink Champagne any more than other fizz-free wines, so buy it up and enjoy! You can bet I am. (Nickel and Dime)