Just enjoying a bottle over an hour or two as a treat is so special. It opens up and becomes more expressive and the flavours go to another level, and it reveals even more how special it really is. The aromas captivate and you get wonderul weight and texture on the palate, like drinking grand wine. It has richness, but also finesse and elegance. The beautiful Grand Cru Chardonnay component gives this magnificent Champagne its structure, elegance and longevity and the Pinot Noir some satisfying deep berry fruit and the Pinot Meunier some pretty, lifted fruit aromas.
Cuvée Prestige is probably the best value luxury Champagne in the market. It resembles Krug Grande Cuvee for its high percentage of old reserve wines, being at least 70% of the blend, and for being aged in wood. 12 -15 months on the fine lees. 50% Grand Cru Chardonnay from Le Mesnil sur Oger and Oger, and 25% Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. No malolactic fermentation. Spontaneous yeasts. Very little filtration. Some solera added. Collard Picard Prestige current blend is 9 years 2008 to 2016 with at least 70% being reserve wines.
FROM THE PRESS
“A gleaming, quiveringly good chardonnay-based champagne (with 25% pinot meunier and 25% pinot noir). It is both luscious and taut, like a lemon tart from an expensive patisserie, with exquisite pastry and sharp, icing sugar-dusted, filling. In contrast to the nice but forgettable supermarket bottles that have flooded our lives, Collard-Picard Cuvée Prestige pauses the world. A sip is a proper sliver of luxury.”Victoria Moore, Telegraph Weekend, April 11, 2015
“This is a great discovery, made by Champenois couple Olivier Collard and Caroline Picard. This is predominantely grand cru Chardonnay with an equal blend of premier cru Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, and is a blend of four vintages; 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008. It is matured in 700 litre foudres for 15 months and aged for a further three years in bottle before disgorgement. The result is exquisite, with notes of melon and warm brioche. Lovely richness on the palate with ripe apricot and sweet apple characters with a hint of honey on the finish.'”Christelle Guibert