The smallest of the Grandes Marques Champagne houses, Charles Heidsieck was founded in 1851 by Charles Camille Heidisieck, who was eventually nicknamed by his American market as “Champagne Charlie.” Based in Reims, it continued a tradition in winemaking started by family member Florens-Louis Heidsieck in 1777. Unlike the subdued Florens-Louis, Charles was animated, audacious, social and unfortunately, followed by legal and financial controversy; still, his dedication to developing outstanding Champagne was never questioned. Buying grapes from individual growers, he was set on blending exquisite wines that showcased quality and secured unique alliances allits components. His efforts resulted in multiple royal warrants from royal and imperial families during his tenure. While the House produces vintage prestige cuvée such as its Blanc de Millenaires, vintage Brut and vintage Rosé, the ultimate Charles Heidieck remains its velvety, voluptuous Brut Réserve. Using as many as 60 crus and 40% of reserve wines, the House ensures finesse, generosity and power in every bottle. Charles Heidsieck Champagne is as distinctive as the man behind them. Each is elegant yet indulgent, structured yet complex, and most important, unconventional.