MA­SON NG

Head Som­me­lier of Park90 and Sin­ga­pore’s Youngest Cer­ti­fied Som­me­lier by The Court of Master Som­me­liers

T. Dining by Singapore Tatler - - Sip -

Charles Hei­d­sieck Blanc des Mil­lé­naires 1995:

In the past, Charles Hei­d­sieck used to be one of the great­est and most es­tab­lished cham­pagne houses. Many would agree that in 1985, when Rémy Coin­treau bought the house, it lost its for­mer glory days, as quan­tity was pri­ori­tised over qual­ity. In 2011, the EPI Group took over own­er­ship and re­ally made a huge dif­fer­ence by re­viv­ing the house’s po­ten­tial. In terms of rar­ity, Charles Hei­d­sieck Blanc de Mil­lé­naires is only pro­duced in five vin­tages: 1983, 1985, 1990, 1995 and, more re­cently, 2004. (In com­par­i­son, Dom Pérignon has pro­duced 17 vin­tages since 1983.) If you were to com­pare with all the Gran­des Mar­ques in the mar­ket, this is the un­der­dog—or the prodi­gal son, to be more ex­act. The 1995 vin­tage, in par­tic­u­lar, through personal pref­er­ence and ex­pe­ri­ence, could eas­ily tri­umph over most pres­tige cham­pagnes in the mar­ket. This is due to its fresh­ness—one that de­fies all logic and seems to be able to stop time within the bot­tle. The fresh acid­ity, fol­lowed by a lean yet in­tense mouth­feel, is an ab­so­lutely sen­sa­tional ex­pe­ri­ence, given a cham­pagne of 23 years.

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