1985 René Collard "Cuvée Speciale" Brut Rosé Champagne SKU #1003150

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Tasting Notes

René Collard was born in 1921 in the heart of the Marne Valley. At 22, his father (who was a grower) saw his dedication to the family vineyards and gave him a little less than a hectare of vines in the village of Reuil. Since that time he has been making a tiny amount of the most unique Champagne in the world. He has slowly added to his estate, buying up choice vineyards in the villages of Reuil and Damery. His estate is just less than 7 hectares (17.5 acres) planted to about 90% Meunier and 10% Chardonnay. He has the good fortune of having an amazing cellar that is 25 feet deep at its shallowest and 75 feet deep at the far end. Here the wines that are now on offer have rested at a perfect 8.5 degrees Celsius since the day they were made. Mr. Collard only makes rosé in great vintages - so rarely that this was the only one produced in the whole decade of the '80s. It is composed entirely of Meunier, 88% vinified white and the rest as still red wine. I have never experienced a wine like it - the only thing that I can compare it to is Chambertin. The purity, power and grace of the Meunier left me wordless at my notebook. This wine is the best argument for Meunier there could be; it is better Pinot Noir than Pinot Noir is! (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne and Sherry buyer)


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