Made only in the very best vintages when the wine shows exceptional richness, and that Olivier and his high standards deem worthy as being bottled without dosage. The same blend as Cuvee Prestige, it's also aged for two years longer after disgorging too, which is why it has this smaller cork. It’s pure and mineral, but with full of body and with very concentrated fruit and great length. Generous but exquisitely balanced, and drinking so well now.
Collard-Picard is one of the most exciting houses in Champagne today, who is definitely at the forefront of quality. Both Olivier and Caroline are from eminent Champagne families, and Olivier's grandfather Rene was a pioneer of organic farming in the region. They are what's known as an independent grower, based 15km west of Epernay. They have brilliant grand cru and 1er sites in Mesnil, where they grow Chardonnay and farm organically. It's also home to a couple of Champagne's most famous cuvees like Krug Le Mesnil and Salon Mesnil. In the Marne they have a site regarded as one of the best for Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir. Collard-Picard age this Champagne in wood, which is very unusual, and harks back to the more traditional way of making great Champagne in the past. They opt not to do malolactic fermentation on any of the wines to preserve their character, and all yeasts are indigenous too.