Charles Heidsieck 2007 "Blanc Des Millénaires" Champagne Vintage 2007 from Champagne, France 97/100 Rating

One of the great Blanc de Blancs Champagnes, this wine only hints of its age and maturity. Up front, the wine has layers of white fruits and a steely texture. It is behind those features that the brioche and almond character begins to show. This is a wonderfully balanced wine, ready to drink now.

TO THE EYE: A pale gold colour with light green glints, and quite youthful, in contrast to the previous vintage. ON THE NOSE: The chalky minerality of the Côte des Blancs is all-pervading. We detect toasted and smoky notes. When swirled in the glass, fresh citrus notes appear: grapefruit, yuzu and quince. They bring a cheeky youthfulness to this fine, delicate nose. ON THE PALATE: The identity of the vintage is intertwined with a sharp and classy acidity, reminiscent of the 2004 vintage in its first flush of youth. An enveloping texture is then revealed with accents of lemon meringue pie and subtle saline notes. Its generosity is very prominent and will continue to develop with ageing. The finish is long and full-bodied.

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