98 POINTS - James Suckling, May 2016
A glass-coating opaque purple color, it sports an alluring nose of toasty oak, mineral, licorice, lavender, exotic spices, and assorted black fruits. Dense, rich, and voluptuous on the palate, this is a full-bodied beauty.
Charles Heidsieck was one of the very first Champagne Houses to demonstrate its passion for Chardonnay by producing a Blanc de Blancs in its 1949 vintage. There is also evidence that the Maison had produced some mono-crus from the Côte des Blancs as early as1906... Through this cuvée, relaunched in 2018, two of the House’s areas of expertise come together: the production of great white wines and the art of blending a large selection of wines from different years and terroirs. The considerable challenge is to make opposites coexist: the tautness and the freshness of young chardonnays on the one hand, and the silky “Charles” character on the other.
Celler Vall Llach’s flagship wine, one of very few Vi de Finca Qualificadas that has been certified in Spain, is a single-vineyard wine of great quantified quality. The wine is made solely from fruit that clings to one incredibly rocky hillside outside of Porrera, Priorat, in a beautiful setting that has earned the wine its poetic name of: Mas de la Rosa or Rose’s Farmhouse.