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Charles Heidsieck

Charles's Story

Let us discover Charles Heidsieck…


Charles Heidsieck

Innate audacity

As the centuries pass, the influence of Charles’ charm continues. His ambitions have driven his descendants. His choices have defined the identity of the House, rendering it unique and immediately recognisable among the competition. In 2011, ownership of the House transfers to the Descours family, whose only ambition is to make it the very best.

Intuition, expertise, determination and excellence.

For generations, our cellar masters have been dedicated and inspired.Our champagnes offer a blend of one third of each varietal from a single year (representing 60% of the overall blend) with the remaining 40% made up of reserve wines. The wines age in chalk cellars for between three to fifteen years, a process key to their finesse. Since 1990, its non-vintage bottles have displayed the dates both of their cellaring and disgorgement.

An extraordinary individual, ahead of his time, Charles established a prestigious lineage. Today, as in the past, opening one of his bottles is a little like receiving him as your guest.


Charles Heidsieck

Elegance and savoir-faire

Masculine and elegant. Forthright and refined. Our champagnes embody Charles Heidsieck wholeheartedly.

The curves of chalk cellar – or crayère – No. 9, located in Reims and unique in the world, inspired the original design of the bottles used for the Brut Réserve and Rosé Réserve cuvées. This showcase, whose proportions mimic those of a magnum (the ideal format for maturing the wine) did not escape the attention of Charles.

The monochrome aesthetic of the ‘Crayère’ bottles is directly inspired by the House’s heritage and care has been taken to convey the spirit of the historic labels. For each cuvée, the labels on the neck and body of the bottle are in an original colour, chosen to reflect the character of the wine within.


Charles Heidsieck

The Cellars

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Charles Heidsieck’s "1852" trunk

Contemporary reissue of Charles Heidsieck’s travel trunk.
The spirit of Charles Heidsieck encapsulated in this reissue of the wine-tasting trunk that accompanied him during his journeys to conquer the New World. Made-up of a sumptuous assortment of the House’s precious wines, this luxury trunk is a reflection of the visionary traveler: clever and sophisticated.
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Champagne Charlie

It was during the first of four trips to America that Charles-Camille became known as ‘Champagne Charlie’. A song is written in his honour.  

Charles, Who else ?

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‘– Do you know Charles Heidsieck?
– The man or the champagne?
– It doesn’t matter. The two are inseparable!’

Charles is gripped by wanderlust. He is a forthright dandy - and dedicated to his champagne. His eloquence commands admiration. His passion is captivating. His exceptional champagnes reflect his personality: iconic and unique.

For him, no challenge is too great, no border too remote.
His dreams still hold true today.

Discover Charles Heidsieck. Learn about the man, his champagne, his charm as well as the subtleties of his wine’s character and aromas.

Passion has roots

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Charles-Camille Heidsieck is born in 1822, 37 years after his great uncle founded the Champagne House Heidsieck & Co.

Growing up in the midst of the vineyards, young Charles was nourished by the love of his mother, Émilie Henriot, and his sisters, and raised in an environment shaped by Reims traditions and Prussian rigour.

A cultivated man, noted for his integrity and elegance – but not lacking in ambition. Contrary to all expectations, Charles does not hesitate to take control of his destiny…

The adventure begins


In 1851, a 29 year-old Charles tempts fate and founds a champagne house that is a true reflection of his character.

‘The vineyards must remain in the hands of the growers and their expertise’.
Charles chooses to leave the vineyards in the hands of those who know them best, nurturing their talent, their knowledge and their respect for the terroir.

A pragmatist, he decides to concentrate on producing and ageing wine, and purchases forty-seven Chalk cellars dating from the 11th century. This labyrinth of underground alcoves and galleries offers ideal conditions for ageing and enhancing his wines. His intuition will be rewarded.

Driven by confidence and instinct, Charles ensures his wine reflects his personality, going so far as to give it his first name. This decision causes quite a stir in Champagne.

However, it is not enough for this cosmopolitan creator… he craves a wider audience for his exceptional wines – the world awaits.

The call of the New World

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In 1852, trusting his intuition, Charles leaves for America, the promised land still untouched by the champagne trade. If there is to be champagne in America, it will be his and no other.

A charismatic dandy, popular with the powerful and the press. An undeniable icon, perceived as an ambassador for champagne and France, Charles seduces New York society and its business bourgeoisie. Furthermore, he wins over the South, including wild Louisiana. He becomes known as ‘Champagne Charlie’.

On returning to Europe, he turns his attention first to Belgium and then England. Lauded and decorated at the Universal Exhibitions, his labels soon start to sparkle in all the royal courts. If Europe and the United States have succumbed to the charm of his fine bubbles, a greater conquest still awaits. Having gained territorial control, he must now conquer time and continue to produce exceptional wines year after year, century after century! A challenge for which he is more than a match.


‘Typiquement Charles’

An entrepreneur and a visionary, Charles Heidsieck founded a Champagne House that was to be a true reflection of his character. He and his wines are one.

His character inspires the style of his wines. 
The rumours, gossip and history surrounding Charles inspired the illustrations commissioned to reflect Charles’ character: glimpsed but never fully revealed, we find the mythical Champagne Charlie, a.k.a Charles-Camille Heidsieck: arresting, surprising, intriguing and enduring.
An image painted in a few humorous brush strokes, celebrating the romance surrounding this late 19th century icon.
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Gift Box

The Gift Box is a tribute to Charles-Camille and his flair for innovation, a talent applied in presenting his wines.

At the heart of this new project is Brut Réserve. His new ‘Crayère’ bottle is named in reference to chalk cellar – or crayère - No. 9. 
The Gift Box also contains two delicate, fluted champagne glasses, designed to allow the wine to express its full aroma. Discreet designs of a monocle and moustache for the first glass and a top hat and bow tie for the second offer a nod to the dandy spirit of the House’s founder.
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Typiquement Charles


To attain and maintain excellence requires constant vigilance. Charles understood this and we continue to ensure that this balance is maintained. A perfect blend resulting from our decision-making at every stage of production – decisions always informed by the pursuit of excellence, rather than convention.

The Brut Réserve, our iconic cuvée, comprises the three champagne varietals in equal measure, taken from 60 carefully selected crus. The very essence of Champagne in a bottle. The 40% reserve wines used in the blend are on average 10 years old. Once bottled, the wine is aged for a minimum of three years in chalk cellars, or ‘crayéres’. An exceptional ageing process for an extraordinary wine.

Composing harmony

Each wine has its own personality, its own affirmed and generous character. Freshness and elegance from the Chardonnay. Structure from the Pinot Noir. A generous helping of fruit from the Meunier. While the decision to blend equal proportions of the year’s varietals is a strong commitment, to harmonize them demands an exceptional savoir-faire. With a wealth of secrets passed on by Daniel Thibault, star cellar master of Champagne. Cyril Brun, Cellar Master for Charles Heidsieck since May 2015, wants to perpetuate the spirit and the excellence of Charles Heidsieck reinforcing the wine communication to establish the House reputation even further. Cyril Brun, creates delicious harmonies with aplomb, using the notes obtained from vinification in separate vats. He plays with this delicate balance between complexity, depth and texture. And since the reserve wines develop with time, the House lets them express themselves, carefully following their progress as they evolve in silent, dimly-lit chalk cellars

An exceptional ageing process


Depth and texture. These key words take on their full meaning as we vinify cru by cru, varietal by varietal. The demand for refinement is apparent at each stage.

Whereas the Appellation stipulates a minimum 15-month ageing period, Charles Heidsieck ages its non-vintage champagnes for at least three years. Stored in a maze of forty-seven chalk cellars, they lie in galleries twenty metres underground where the temperature remains a constant 10%. A peaceful haven, ideal for ageing gracefully.

Heir & Founder


«Every Cellar Master leaves his mark on the character of the wines, superimposed on the House style».

After Thierry Roset suddenly passed away in October 2014, Cyril Brun joined Charles Heidsieck team with the ambition to make a contribution, while realising that he is taking part in something which is far bigger than he is. Following in the footsteps of Daniel Thibaut, Régis Camus and Thierry Roset as a Chef de caves for Charles Heidsieck, he dedicates himself to pursue the exceptional work of his talented predecessors while crafting one or two wines which will leave something of a mark on the history of the House.

What is his personal ambition as Cellar Master? “I would be happy if in 15 years’ time people say that Charles is as good as it ever was, that my mark has entirely blended in with the House style...”

As a cosmopolite and passionate man from Champagne, Cyril Brun worked as oenologist in charge of wine communication of a renowned Champagne House, a position he occupied for 15 years.

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Shortly after founding his House, Charles Heidsieck had the audacity to invest his new House’s capital in imposing Gallo-Roman chalk cellars (or ‘Crayères’)

, while all around him invest in vineyards,  convinced that they are the best place in which to age his wines and harmoniously develop secondary fermentation. Today, his House is one of the five Great Houses in Champagne to own chalk cellars.
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Cyril Brun


Cyril Brun is committed to perpetuating the “Charles style”. ‘Emotion’ is a word he often uses when describing the House’s range:  “Charles’ wines are a vehicle for emotion, champagnes that speak more to your soul than just your nose and palate”

Cyril Brun has been Cellar Master with Charles Heidsieck since May 2015 and the world of champagne has been a constant presence throughout his life. Born into a family of winemaker/wine-merchants and coopers in Aÿ, the Champagne region has always been close to his heart even though he chose to turn his hand to a variety of occupations before returning to his first love.  After studying in the United States he worked in the mass retail sector before joining Veuve Clicquot as oenologist in charge of wine communication and oenological development, a position he occupied for 15 years. His varied and versatile career made Cyril Brun a natural choice for Charles Heidsieck: recognised expertise combined with open-mindedness and boundless enthusiasm.

Today he is in charge not only of crafting champagnes for Charles Heidsieck in line with the “Charles style”, but also wine communication for the House in France and abroad, and relations with grape supplier partners. Following in the footsteps of the House’s previous famous Cellar Masters, it is now Cyril Brun’s to make his contribution. His ambition is to perpetuate the spirit and the excellence of Charles Heidsieck while introducing greater transparency in wine communication to establish the House style and reputation even further. Continuity of style are words which are constantly on the Cellar Master’s lips. Every Cellar Master leaves his mark on the character of the wines, superimposed on the House style. “When you taste Charlie 1981 or 1983, you have the impression that Daniel Thibault is standing there in front of you. It has a twist to it, it has its share of inspiration and true artistic vision!  Wines by Régis Camus or Thierry Roset have a much less convoluted character, they reflect a form of absolute purity..."

Cyril Brun is modest. This is a man who wants to make a contribution, while realising that he is taking part in something which is far bigger than he is. The founder, Charles Heidsieck, might have lived 150 years ago but he continues to inspire the House’s Cellar Masters. “Even though times are obviously very different now, when we have to make an important decision we always ask ourselves what Charles-Camille would have done in a similar situation.” For times might change but the House’s core values do not.

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Festooned with awards


Charles Heidsieck champagne is one of the most recognized by the profession. The awards belong to the Cellar Masters who, over the course of the past two decades, have been named Best Sparkling Winemaker of the Year no fewer than 12 times in the International Wine Challenge (IWC).

Charles Heidsieck success began as soon as the 19th Century. In 1859, 4 years only after the creation of the House, Charles Heidsieck received the first and only gold medal ever awarded to a champagne producer during an exhibition in Bordeaux.

Back to the modern era, recognition and awards continued to grace Charles Heidsieck champagne. Over the ten past years, the House received more than 180 gold medals and some 32 Trophies.

The prestigious Blanc des Millénaires cuvée received a Gold medal in the 2015 IWC. The iconic Rosé Réserve cuvee hit the jackpot and was named #1 of the Rosé Non-Vintage ranking of the famous Fine Champagne Magazine. In September 2015, in the Wine Spectator magazine, the Brut Réserve and Rosé Réserve scored 93 points, the the Rose Vintage 2006  scored 94 points, and the Blanc des Millénaires 1995 scored 95 points.

Brut Réserve

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Honors and medals in 2015

#3 Top 10 NV Blanc Champagne

Fine Champagne Magazine$*

Wine Spectator / Sept. 2015 Scoring Publication

Wine Enthusiast / Dec. 2014 Scoring Publication


Tasted 100% Blind – Blind tasting judged by Andreas Larsson, World’s Best Sommelier

Gold Medal

International Wine Challenge

Gold Medal
Sommelier Wine Awards

Gold Medal

Champagne & Sparkling Wines World Championships

 Gold Medal

Mundus Vini

Brut Réserve. A multi-vintage worthy of a prestige cuvée.

COMPLEX: a particular blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. PRECISE: a judicious selection of approximately 60 crus. UNCTUOUS: 40% of reserve wines,  many of them more than 10 years old. DEEP: a maturation of more than 3 years in Gallo-Roman chalk cellars. A golden champagne, with persistent effervescence. A nose that is both complex and delicious.

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Rosé Réserve

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Honors and medals in 2015

#1 NV Rosé Champagne
Fine Champagne Magazine

Wine Spectator / Nov. 2014 Scoring Publication

Wine Enthusiast / Dec. 2014 Scoring Publication

Gold Medal

Champagne & Sparkling Wines World Championships

Gold Medal

Sommelier Wine Awards

Gold Medal + Regional Trophy

International Wine Challenge

Gold Medal

Mundus Vini

Rosé Réserve, powerful and stylish.

COMPLEX: an elaborate blend of the three champagne grape varieties. PRECISE: a very fine selection of red wines. DEEP: matured for over 3 years in our two-thousand-year-old chalk cellars. GENEROUS: a pulpy and lively champagne with notes of wild strawberry. A powder pink rosé, with a delicate sparkle. A complex nose of homemade strawberry jam and fresh gingerbread. A deep wine with an aromatic finish. 2013 awards Tasting Notes (PDF)

Brut Millésime 2005


A wine of distinct character, from an exceptional vintage.

After many years ageing in the unique and ancient Crayères acquired by its founder Charles Heidsieck, this champagne reveals itself as a wine poised between elegance and complexity, with a smooth texture and great length on the palate. By choosing this Vintage Brut 2005, you are entering into Charles’ inner circle.

Tasting Notes (PDF)

Rosé Millésimé 1999

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Wine Spectator

Gilbert & Gaillard

Bettane & Desseauve

#1 Rosé champagne
Fine Champagne Magazine

Gold Medal
International Wine Challenge

Outstanding Gold
International Wine and Spirit Competition

Gold Medal
Drinks Business Champagne Masters

Gold Medal
Concours Mondial de Bruxelles

An exceptional rosé in a legendary vintage.

Having matured for twelve years in two-thousand-year-old chalk cellars, this champagne expresses the full generosity of 1999 in the true Charles Heidsieck style. The delicate effervescence reveals the aromatic complexity of this blended rosé. Its harmony and depth have made it one of the most awarded Rosé vintages in the world.

2013 awards Tasting Notes (PDF)

Blanc des Millénaires 1995


 Wine Spectator

Gilbert & Gaillard

Bettane & Desseauve

Gold Medal
International Wine Challenge

International Trophy
Decanter World Wine Awards

Outstanding Gold
International Wine & Spirit Competition

Master Medal, Prestige Cuvée category
Drinks Business Champagne Masters

Gold Medal
Sommelier Wine Awards

A masterpiece from the Côte des Blancs in a legendary vintage.

17 years’ worth of complexity and yet so fresh.

A precise selection of Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs - 4 Grands Crus and 1 Premier Cru. 
A unique emotion, an impression of eternity, much like the feeling one has when standing in the heart of the 2000-year old chalk cellars after which this wine is named.
17 years’ worth of complexity.
More than 15 years maturation in the heart of the 2000-year old gallo roman chalk cellars after which this wine is named.
This legendary wine, which has been awarded numerous medals and trophies, deserves an exceptional case: the gift box, which mirrors the curves of the crayères cellars, echoes the nobility of this location where nothing counts except time itself.

2013 awards Tasting Notes (PDF)