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From the Robb Cellar: Champagne Charles Heidsieck Rosé Reserve NV

The Heidsieck name has been intimately associated with Champagne since 1785, when Florens-Louis Heidsieck established Heidsieck & Co. in Reims. Champagne Charles Heidsieck was founded in 1851 by its eponymous proprietor, a grandnephew of Florens-Louis, who earned the sobriquet "Champagne Charlie" while marketing his bubbly to the prosperous inhabitants of New York and Boston in the decade before the Civil War. His success in America, however, almost became his undoing: During the war, his agent in New York refused to turn over to him the money earned from U.S. sales, and Charles was arrested as a French spy for the Confederacy when the Union captured New Orleans. Fortunately for wine lovers, the scurrilous agent’s relatives later made restitution, enabling Charles to revive his firm, whose newest release of Champagne Charles Heidsieck Rosé Reserve NV offers a delicate nose of strawberry, vanilla, and cream and a soft, chiffon-like texture that enrobes the taste buds in flavors of white peach and raspberry. ($80) www.charlesheidsieck.com

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