Top new products: February

Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires 2004

Charles Heidsieck has released the fifth edition of its Blanc des Millénaires series with the launch of the 2004 vintage, marking the retirement of the 1995 after almost 10 years on the market.

The Blanc des Millénaires – a 100% Chardonnay – was launched in 1993 with the 1983 vintage, although the house’s first blanc de blancs was made from the 1949 vintage. Since then, just four Blanc des Millénaires editions have been released: 1985, 1990, 1995 and now the 2004. Produced only in exceptional years for Chardonnay, the 2004 release is made from grapes grown in four grands crus in the Cote des Blancs: Oger for its unctuousness and structure; Mesnil-sur-Ogir for balance; Avize for its minerality; Cramant for its complexity; and from one premier cru, Vertus, for its freshness and floral side – each contributing 20% to the blend. It carries a dosage of 9g/l and was laid down in 2005, spending 11 years on its lees before being disgorged in November 2016.

At a tasting of the new cuvée in London, Stephen Leroux, executive director of Charles Heidsieck, said the 2004 would likely remain on the market for around three years, compared with the 1995, which has been available for the past decade.

The 2004 Blanc des Millénaires will be on pour exclusively at The Ritz in February 2018.

RRP £175.

CONTACT: Liberty Wines, +44 (0)20 7720 5350

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