I was fortunate to attend the launch of the Charles Heidsieck range in Australia. Recently under new ownership this champagne house is determined to restamp its mark on the champagne drinking public.
Starting from the Brut reserve which combines 60% of current year wine with 40% older vintages (average age of 10 years). A great starting point with touches of brioche, apricot and vanilla.
All the "Charles" champagnes are warm and creamy, which I find refreshing compared to some of the ultra acidic champagnes.
Then onto the Rose' Riserva and vintage 1999. Very popular and delightful drinking.
The pick for me, although unfortunately the most expensive, was the Blanc des Millenaires 1995. Sensational. Creamy, yeast made from 100% chardonnay. A luminous gold colour, floral with dried flowers, a touch of spice, white pepper, almonds and ginger.
If you like champagne (and who doesn't) then "Charles" is well worth seeking out.