Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millenaires 2004

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Tasting Notes

The 2004 Blanc des Millenaires offers a striking combination of freshness and the complexity that develops in bottle. Lemon confit, white flowers, mint and white pepper lend aromatic brilliance to this lithe, super-finessed Blanc des Blancs. I have long adored the 2004s from the Côtes des Blancs. The Blanc des Millenaires is another terrific example that shows just how good the best wines of the year are.

Score: 93

Antonio Galloni, Maturity: 2020-2035 20 November 2020

A seamless Champagne, showing a texture of raw silk, this weaves vibrant acidity with an expressive range of glazed apple and poached white cherry fruit flavors, with pickled ginger and saffron spice details and rich notes of pastry cream, toast and coffee liqueur. More about finesse than power, this is long and creamy on the mineral-tinged finish. Drink now through 2028.

Score: 95

Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator Maturity: 2018-2028 17 October 2018

The 2004 follows the legacy of the remarkable 1995. Grapes from four grands crus (Avize, Cramant, Oger, Mesnil-sur-Oger) and the premier cru Vertus. Purity, richness and tension too, with brioche and leesy characters and a hint of lemon. Dense and textured, yet elegant with a real taste of chalk and a very long finish. Spending 11 years on lees, it was disgorged in November 2016. Drinking well now, but one to leave in the cellar for some time.

Score: 96

Decanter, Maturity: 2020-2028 01 July 2018

It says much that Charles Heidsieck went for the 2004, not the richer 2002, as the long-awaited successor to the epic 1995 Millenaires - the '04 has an admirable beauty and finesse in the classic mould that fits the style of this wine so well. It's an intriguing blend of great Chardonnays from Oger, Mesnil, Avize and Cramant, but also from Vertus, a premier cru punching above its weight. Vanilla and butter flatter this wine famously, but there's no oak. It has controlled richness, with precision and purity ruling over the green and tropical fruits. A magnificent champagne with impressively elegant acidity, a triumph now and for years to come. Disgorged in 2016.

Score: 97

Decanter, Maturity: 2020-2035 30 July 2017

Heidsieck’s new cuvée de prestige (only produced four times until now – ’83 ’85 ’90 & ’95) is a constant winner at blind tastings & competitions all over the world. But that was the ’95 (300,000 bottles produced). Now there’s a new kid on the block. The fenomenal balance is the signum for Charles Heidsieck. Blend of Le Mesnil, Cramant, Avize, Oger & Vertus. This wine is still rather light and perhaps the impression is too polished, but wonderfully fine and delicious with its sophisticated style. My dear friend, You’re going to be as beautiful as Your sisters in the near future!

Score: 95

Richard Juhlin, Champagne Club 28 March 2018