2014 Champagne Andre Heucq Rose Phase 1 XB, Champagne, France

The nose is very expressive and crisp. The red fruits are dominant with subtle notes of peony and licorice.
The attack on the palate is wide, and becomes more expressive across the midpalate where the profile remains dense and velvety. On the finish, the wine is aromatic and warm. As the licorice character becomes more notable it grows more complex with a perception of salinity and slight bitterness.



Grown on clay and limetsone soils. The grapes are fully destemmed and see 20 hours of skin contact. The free-run uice is then fermented with native yeasts in stainless steeltanks. The wine spends 36 months on the lees in bottle. 1.8g/l dosage. 


The Heucq family began bottling its own champagne as early as 1936. From the 1950s onwards, Roger Heucq modernised the business, and a good part of the vines still date back to that time. With the arrival of his son André in 1973, the conversion to organic viticulture began and a new orientation towards fine, elegant champagnes characterised by terroir began, which continues to this day.

For some years now, André has been actively supported by his children Fanny & Alexandre. Fanny also runs "dilettantes", a well-stocked Champagne boutique in Paris.

The domain has 6ha of vineyards in the Vallée de la Marne, with the Meunier grape being the most important. The soil here has a special, three-layered structure consisting of sand, green clay and calcareous clay. This formation means that it requires less water, which is very beneficial for the low-rainfall area around Cuisles. Wines of very special characteristics grow here, with finely balanced minerality, body and high ripening potential.

When vinifying the wines, Heucq does not use filtration and hardly any sulphur for stabilisation. André prefers to age the wines in wood to achieve balance and harmony, but his experiments with concrete eggs and clay amphorae also produce exciting and unique results. Depending on the grape variety and vintage characteristics, he skilfully uses the different containers or assembles them according to their needs.

The dosage has been reduced more and more in recent years, but the long yeast storage has been maintained. This gives the champagnes an extremely individual style: intense and powerful, but also precise, soil-focused, juicy and with a lot of structure.


Grape(s) Pinot Meunier
Farming Biodynamic