All change at Charles Heidsieck

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Charles Heidsieck champagne is a conundrum. Throughout my conscious champagne-drinking life it has made excellent wines (just look at my tasting notes), but for some reason it has never enjoyed real glamour. Perhaps – whisper it – the wines were too cheap? Perhaps the old owners Rémy-Cointreau just didn't understand how to market it? The chef de cave from 1985 until his untimely death in 2002 Daniel Thibaut won prize after prize for his work, and instituted the brilliant idea of selling their non-vintage blend with the date it was mis en cave, an initiative hugely helpful for champagne...