Heidsieck Monopole Blue Top Brut
Pale yellow in color with brilliant reflections. On the nose, primarily yellow fruits and peach predominate at the initial tasting. However, there are also aromas of stewed fruits, with a hint of honey. Not to mention floral notes with white flowers offering a foretaste of the lightness of the wine. These are clearly generous and persistent aromas and promise a highly aromatic vintage.
On the palate, the promise of the aromas in the nose is more than delivered by a round mouth, a subtle attack and good length. The mouth, like the nose, is dominated by fruit – peaches, cherry plums, and then oranges. Freshness, elegance and delicacy emerge gently throughout the entire tasting. It is very pleasant on the palate.
This cuvée is balanced, pleasant, "approachable," so to speak. Apart from being particularly good as an aperitif, it can also be served with shellfish and Asian cuisine.
Critical AcclaimAll Vintages
An optimistic Champagne, this offers cool, youthful richness in a simple regional blend, the bubbles welcoming without any aggressive edges. A lovely aperitif.
A bright version, with a lively mousse and an expressive palate of ripe and juicy Honeycrisp apple, toasted brioche and lemon curd. Salty finish. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Drink now
Founded in 1785 by Florens-Louis Heidsieck, Heidsieck & Co Monopole is the original Heidsieck House and the 4th oldest Champagne House. In 1834, after several disagreements, his three nephews went their separate ways. One of them, Henri-Louis Walbaum continued the business alone and established the trademark 'Monopole' in 1860. The Heidsieck & Co House reflects the legacy of Champagne. Still evocative of that era, Heidsieck cuvées blend the modern world and traditional savoir-faire with the same passion.
Heidsieck & Co Monopole has a close history with governments of Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries. The house received royal warrants from the King of Prussia and the Emperor of Germany in 1818. It was later the patented supplier of Tsar Nicolas II of Russia in 1907. It also became the official champagne supplier of the British Crown in 1911 as well as well as the Swedish Crown with King Gustav in 1933.
Associated with luxury, celebration, and romance, the region, Champagne, is home to the world’s most prized sparkling wine. In order to bear the label, ‘Champagne’, a sparkling wine must originate from this northeastern region of France—called Champagne—and adhere to strict quality standards. Made up of the three towns Reims, Épernay, and Aÿ, it was here that the traditional method of sparkling wine production was both invented and perfected, birthing a winemaking technique as well as a flavor profile that is now emulated worldwide.
Well-drained, limestone and chalky soil defines much of the region, which lend a mineral component to its wines. Champagne’s cold, continental climate promotes ample acidity in its grapes but weather differences from year to year can create significant variation between vintages. While vintage Champagnes are produced in exceptional years, non-vintage cuvées are produced annually from a blend of several years in order to produce Champagnes that maintain a consistent house style.
With nearly negligible exceptions, . These can be blended together or bottled as individual varietal Champagnes, depending on the final style of wine desired. Chardonnay, the only white variety, contributes freshness, elegance, lively acidity and notes of citrus, orchard fruit and white flowers. Pinot Noir and its relative Pinot Meunier, provide the backbone to many blends, adding structure, body and supple red fruit flavors. Wines with a large proportion of Pinot Meunier will be ready to drink earlier, while Pinot Noir contributes to longevity. Whether it is white or rosé, most Champagne is made from a blend of red and white grapes—and uniquely, rosé is often produce by blending together red and white wine. A Champagne made exclusively from Chardonnay will be labeled as ‘blanc de blancs,’ while ones comprised of only red grapes are called ‘blanc de noirs.’
A term typically reserved for Champagne and Sparkling Wines, non-vintage or simply “NV” on a label indicates a blend of finished wines from different vintages (years of harvest). To make non-vintage Champagne, typically the current year’s harvest (in other words, the current vintage) forms the base of the blend. Finished wines from previous years, called “vins de reserve” are blended in at approximately 10-50% of the total volume in order to achieve the flavor, complexity, body and acidity for the desired house style. A tiny proportion of Champagnes are made from a single vintage.
There are also some very large production still wines that may not claim one particular vintage. This would be at the discretion of the winemaker’s goals for character of the final wine.