Absolutely stunning first release of this Pinot Meunier-based Champagne made in homage to Olivier's late grandfather, Rene Collard, who was famous for making beautiful age-worthy Pinot Meunier. Mouth filling, white peach, dulce de leche and hazelnut - gloriously hedonistic and luxurious, with this chalky dryness and a lifted salty finish. One for the cool grower champagne fiends!
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.
FROM THE PRESS
“100% Pinot Meunier for this vintage with a beautiful golden yellow color. The wine reveals itself with greediness on the palate, and the balance between the notes of milk caramel and the mineral structure can only be appreciated thanks to a low dosage. Ideal with a chicken tagine with quince and almonds.”Gault & Millau