White is not a color. It is a light.
At Charles Heidsieck, Blanc is a universe, a dazzling reflection of the House’s daring achievements. A diamond amongst Charles Heidsieck cuvees, the Blanc des Millénaires takes its incomparable nuances from the pale surroundings of the thousand-year-old Crayères, or chalk cellars. Because of their exceptional qualities, few Blancs de Blancs will reach this level of excellence.
The legend continues
"Blanc des Millénaires": this exceptional cuvée is named in honor of its ageing conditions. Acquired more than 150 years ago by the founder, the thousand-year old crayères of the House hold a central space in the creation of this cuvée such as time, fourth varietal of the House.
IN1993, Charles Heidsieck presents for the first time Blanc des Millénaires in its prestigious vintage 1983. It was at the time the affirmation of a know-how in the elaboration of Blanc de Blancs (the oldest being from 1949), and the will to affirm a style.
Since then, the House has revealed only five vintages have seen the light of day: 1985, 1990, 1995, 2004.
This year, the House is revealing vintage 2006.
Enlightened selection of best Chardonnays
Blancs des Millénaires are Blanc de Blancs produced from the best Chardonnays, deeply rooted in the unique terroir of the Côte des Blancs which owes its name to the distinctive characteristic of being made with over 95% of Chardonnay grapes.
It is a treasured gem of an area, its vineyards give birth to elegant wines with superb finesse and liveliness.
Just five of the main crus from the Côte des Blancs, comprising four Grands Crus and one Premier Cru are painstakingly selected for their ability to develop as well as to fully express their richness once mature.
The terroir of Oger for its finesse and smoothness, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger for its structure, Avize for its minerality, Cramant for its complexity, and Vertus for its vibrancy and floral notes.
Blanc des Millénaires 2006
Finesse, minerality and brilliance.
TO THE EYE
A deep golden hue with glints of light green, invoking an image of sunshine playing on leaves.
ON THE NOSE
Floral notes of violets and acacia lead into deeper notes of blood orange and finally a hint of the Mediterranean maquis.
When swirled in the glass, fruity notes appear (fresh pineapple, apricot, fig, date) with a pronounced intensity.
ON THE PALATE
Remarkable texture is the special signature of Blanc des Millénaires. Beginning with a saline and chalky texture, the palate moves into creamy notes of nougat, citrus and whipped cream, with a round and generous finish, almost glowing with toasted accents.