2008 CHARLES HEIDSIECK Brut Millesime 75cl (Champagne, France)
Grape: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
Tasting: "The 2008 Brut Millésimé from Charles Hedsieck continues to perform superbly, opening in the glass with a youthfully reserved bouquet of pear, yellow apple, citrus oil, honeycomb, dried white flowers and warm biscuits. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, deep and incisive, with a racy spine of acidity, a pinpoint mousse, excellent concentration and a long, elegantly chalky finish. This 2008 is still several years from showing all its cards, but it is a brilliant Champagne in the making. 95/100" William Kelley, The Wine Advocate
FYI: Underpinning the financial security of this estate in its early years was the granting of deeds of some land in the US to Monsieur Heidsieck as compensation for his wrongful imprisonment during the US Civil War. That land, fortuitously, turned out to be the city of Denver.