Collard-Picard "Cuvée Selection" Brut Champagne (375ml)

SKU #1041210

A nice little half bottle! This new husband and wife Champagne house is the product of two venerable Champagne families. Olivier Collard is the grandson of the great Rene Collard from the village of Reuil, one of the most respected and venerable recoltant-manipulants in all of Champagne. His wife, Delphine Picard, is the cousin of Chantal Gonet of Champagne Phillipe Gonet in Mesnil. Their heritage gives them access to some of the best fruit in the entire Champagne region. Olivier's vineyards are in the western Valley of the Marne, were the Meunier is king, and there is no family with more mastery of this native-to-Champagne plant than the Collards. Delphine's vineyards are in the hallowed, pure chalk soils of Mesnil-sur-Oger, the most famous of all the Grand Crus for Chardonnay. This blend leans to the husband's side as it is composed of 80% Meunier and 20% Chardonnay. The base of this wine is 2004, which is fermented in stainless steel with no malolactic fermentation. The reserve wines are aged in giant foudres (1,000 liter or larger barrels) to encourage some contact with oxygen but to avoid flavoring the wine with barrel spice. This is a fresh Champagne with a straw color and a subtly pear-like nose from the Meunier. On the palate it is round and full, with plenty of richness. The finish is where the class of this bottle really comes out--it's long and full of unmistakable minerality from the top class Chardonnay that went into the blend. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/8/2011 | Send Email
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This lovely effort from the grandson of Rene Collard, he of pinot meunier-based Champagne fame, is rich with meunier pear fruit and spices. The finish has surprising minerailty due to the low dosage and the chardonnay that comes from Delphine Picard. A delicious blend of 80% pinot meunier and 20% chardonnay.

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