Vinification is the process that transforms the grapes into wine. The process of vinification differ from region to region, financial state of the winery and the grape types. The harvesting time and the type of oak used for aging are based on the region in which the wine grapes are grown.

Wine making process involves the following stages:

  • The first step in wine making process is Harvesting or Picking. Grapes should be harvested at the right time in order to make good wine. Harvesting can be done either mechanically or by hand.
  • The process of separating the grapes from the stems and cluster parts is called Destemming. Some of the wine makers keep some fragments of the stem to increase the wine tannin.
  • After destemming the grapes are crushed to extract the juice from the skin. This is done before the fermentation process begins. In the olden days bare feet is used to extract the grape juice, now a day machines like crushers are used.
  • Separation of grape juice and the skin is named as pressing. After crushing the grape juice will flow freely, selected wineries use pressers to make sure maximum juice is released.
  • Once the grapes are pressed they are introduced into the process of fermentation. During this process the grape juice are converted into alcoholic beverage. The yeast interacts with the sugar in the grape juice and converts them into ethanol and carbon dioxide.
  • Once the wine is purified and refined, they are preserved with sulfur dioxide or potassium sorbate. During the natural process of fermentation a minimum amount of sulfites are produced, but more is added for the use of commercial preservation.
  • Wines are aged for a particular amount of time to get more welcoming wine. Once after purification, the wines are moved to wooden barrels for aging. Metal vats, concrete vats and glass carboys are also used in some cases to increase the flavor.
  • After aging, the wines are bottled. During the process of bottling a final dose of sulfite is added to the wine to prevent it from uninvited fermentation in the bottle. The bottles are then sealed with cork and screw caps.
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Zachys, Charles Heidsieck

The history of the House is one of legend, yet Charles Heidsieck’s exceptional Champagnes have managed to fly under the radar for years, until a recent increase in global distribution cemented their iconic status, putting them back into the spotlight where they belong.

Their story officially begins in the 1785 when the House was founded, but it takes flight in 1852 when “Champagne Charlie” (a nickname Charles Heidsieck earned during his American travels) sailed to the United States to provide an emerging upper crust clientele with a wine that wooed European courts and nobility. His task was daunting – there wasn’t a Champagne market in the US at that time – so to succeed he would need to both build category and brand. Adding a dash of French glamour to a host of spectacular bottlings, ‘Charlie’ did just that, creating a buzz for Charles Heidsieck Champagnes from regal New York to upstart Louisiana.

But it’s their 21st Century wines that have the world abuzz today. One of the House’s most remarkable characteristics is their equal commitment to both single vintage and non-vintage Champagne bottlings. Incorporating an unusually large volume of vintage reserves into their blends, their non-vintage Champagnes have been adored by critics for decades and seen as the benchmarks in the category. Yet with the bar set so high, their single vintage bottlings somehow manage to over-deliver on value and promise as well.

Most are aged 10 years on their lees before being released (an exceptionally rare aging for Champagnes), resulting in wines often described as “world class.” In particular, the 2004 Blanc de Blancs Millenaires (full details below) was awarded a near perfect 97 point score from three judges in a recent Champagne Panel Tasting.

In today’s collection we highlight two non-vintage and vintage Champagnes each, spanning 16 years of Charles Heidsieck’s portfolio that are tasting beautifully today:

Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve NV – Decanter score: 91 pts

Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve NV
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Charles Heidsieck Brut Rosé Reserve NV – 95 pts

Charles Heidsieck Brut Rosé Reserve NV
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Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Blancs Millenaires 2004 – Decanter score 97 pts

Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Blancs Millenaires 2004
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Charles Heidsieck Brut Champagne Millésimé 2008 – Decanter score 93 pts

Charles Heidsieck Brut Champagne Millésimé 2008
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Winemakers all over the world are combining wine making traditions of millennia with innovative approaches and ideas, to address consumer demand for high quality products and a sustainable and healthy lifestyle.
Winemakers all over the world are combining wine making traditions of millennia with innovative approaches and ideas, to address consumer demand for high quality products and a sustainable and healthy lifestyle.

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