Exclusively from grand cru sites, this is Collard-Picard's top champagne, produced from a tiny plot of vines that suffer fanleaf virus, resulting in particularly small yields of astonishingly high quality, concentrated berries. Aged for 30 months in barrel and in bottle for many years prior to releae, this is a foodie champagne for sure rather than as an aperitif, and we highly recommend a large bowl glass than a flute to enjoy it at its best. One to perhaps muse over slowly at the end of a meal, allowing its richly fruited toffee apple and torn brioche flavours to emerge and develop. Just 2g dosage.
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, all yeasts are indigenous too.