1985 René Collard "Cuvée Speciale" Brut Rosé Champagne

SKU #1003150

René Collard was born in 1921 in the heart of the Marne Valley. At 22, his father (who was a grower) saw his dedication to the family vineyards and gave him a little less than a hectare of vines in the village of Reuil. Since that time he has been making a tiny amount of the most unique Champagne in the world. He has slowly added to his estate- buying up choice vineyards in the villages of Reuil and Damery. His estate is just less than 7 hectares (17.5 acres) planted to about 90% Meunier and 10% Chardonnay. He has the good fortune of having an amazing cellar that is 25 feet deep at its shallowest and 75 feet deep at the far end. Here the wines that are now on offer have rested at a perfect 8.5 degrees Celsius since the day they were made. Mr. Collard only makes rosé in great vintages - so rarely that this was the only one produced in the whole decade of the '80s. It is composed entirely of Meunier, 88% vinified white and the rest as still red wine. I have never experienced a wine like it - the only thing that I can compare it to is Chambertin. The purity, power and grace of the Meunier left me wordless at my notebook. This wine is the best argument for Meunier there could be; it is better Pinot Noir than Pinot Noir is! (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne and Sherry buyer)

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Other White Wines

Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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Champagne

- The French region of Champagne (comprised of the towns of Rheims, Epernay, and Ay) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and winemaking traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range from the basic brut (often blends of several vintages), single vintage champagnes, and rose.