The Date and Time: Monday, October 17, 2016 3PM to 4:30PM
The Event: A tasting of Charles Heidsieck Champagnes with Cyril Brun, Chef de Cave.
The Venue: Shangri-La Hotel
The Target Audience: wine writers
The Availability/Catalogue: both wines are at Vintages.
The Quote/Background: M. Brun spent a great deal of time on the elaboration of the two wines plus some historical cultural materials. We were just tasting the two wines.
The Wines: Both wines would score in the low 90s, say 92-94. My own preference was for the Rose Reserve because I felt it offered more complexity than did the Brut Reserve. The major difference is that the Brut Reserve has 40% reserve wines, while the Rose Reserve only has 20%, and thereby appears more fresh (it gets its colour from 5% red wine addition).
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Reserve, +36962 Vintages $69.95.
-Charles Heidsieck Champagne Rose Reserve, +409342 Vintages $74.95.
The Contact Person: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 85.