Pale gold, with an uber concentrated nose - biscuitty notes, with hints of marmalade, iodine, peach skin, quince puree and candied lemon peel. Breathtaking palate that reveals itself slowly with more time in the glass - greengages, lemon verbena and white flowers, tangerine peel, passionfruit and red berries with a dash of refreshing sea spray and pomelo acidity. Very elegant, long and concentrated, with good stoney backbone and very pure finish. 80% Pinot Meunier, 20% Chardonnay.
We were looking for a new Champagne that was good value, as we need it for restaurants we supply. We adore Collard-Picard and there is pressure on the stock of the other house we bring in, Brocard-Pierre, which has become trendy, and deservedly so. Our colleague Kate Robinson told us to try Champagne Moutardier, a Champagne she used to enjoy selling for another merchant that no longer takes it. We got samples in and, wow! I thrust a glass into my wife's hand, as I couldn't believe how delicious it was. I met the brothers Wiliam and Simon in France in February, as it all seemed too good to be true. But the wine tasted just as good there. I dug a bit deeper and it turns out they're a serial recipient of the 'Coup de Coeur' for best Champagne of its type in their region. They've also been awarded the 'Young talents of Champagne for Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier' where the lead judge was the best sommelier in the world.