Collard-Picard "Cuvée Selection" Brut Champagne SKU #1035577


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Tasting Notes

This new husband-and-wife Champagne house is the product of two venerable Champagne families. Olivier Collard is the grandson of the great René Collard in the village of Reuil, one of the most respected récoltant-manipulants in all of Champagne. His wife, Caroline Picard, is the cousin of Chantal Gonet of Champagne Phillipe Gonet in Mesnil. Their heritage gives them access to some of the best fruit in the entire region. Olivier's vineyards are in the western valley of the Marne, where Pinot Meunier is king, and there is no family with more mastery of this native plant than the Collards. Delphine's vineyards are in the hallowed, pure chalk soils of Mesnil-sur-Oger, the most famous of all the grand crus for Chardonnay. This bottling is all from Olivier's side of the family holdings and is 50% Meunier and 50% Pinot Noir. The base wine is fermented in stainless steel with no malolactic fermentation. The reserve wines are aged in giant foudres (3000 liter or larger barrels) to encourage some contact with oxygen but to avoid flavoring the wine with barrel spice. This is a fresh Champagne with a straw color and a subtly pear-like nose from the Meunier. On the palate it is round and full, with plenty of richness and body from the Pinot Noir. The wine is still fresh and vibrant on the finish, and makes a great aperitif. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Mari Keilman
    By: Mari Keilman
    K&L Staff Member
    The NV Collard-Picard "Cuvee Selection" Brut Champagne which is 80% Pinot Meunier & 20% Chardonnay, is loaded with the signature meunier pear and tons of ripe, fresh apple. This meunier-dominant cuvee conveys how powerful and full-bodied Pinot Meunier can be while the introduction of the Mesnil Chardonnay highlights the clean, mineral-driven finish.
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    The fruit on this CP selection is ripe but it's balanced by amazingly vibrant acidity. The finish is rich and the chardonnay marries beautifully with the pinot meunier. This is one of the better big house bottles I've tasted.
  • Jeff Garneau
    By: Jeff Garneau
    K&L Staff Member
    This champagne is a real family enterprise, with the Picard family contributing Grand Cru Chardonnay to the blend and the Collard family its famous Pinot Meunier. With 80% of the latter, its the Meunier that really defines the wine. Lightly toasted brioche and cinnamon spice combine with crisp red apple notes. A very dry style but with extraordinary richness.
  • Illya Haase
    By: Illya Haase
    K&L Staff Member
    Collard-Picard is a relatively new Champagne house, but with very old ties, which means they are getting a hold of some great fruit and, in turn, are making some great wines! I just love the toasty notes in this Champagne. It has also got a backbone of mimerality and acid that can stand up to meal.
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    Brioche dough aromas are prominent. Flavors here are delicious: ripe citrus and a hint of orange. Serious champagne, yet great length and a high gulpability quotient. Very good.
  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    K&L Staff Member
    Ever since Gary Westby found this Champagne it has been one of my favorites. The Collard-Picard is made from 80% Pinot Meunier and 20% Chardonnay. The nice round nutty richness of the Pinot Meunier is balanced out with crisp mineral flavors of the Chardonnay. Enjoy this lovely Champagne alone or with fish or chicken.
  • Cindy Westby
    By: Cindy Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    I love the family resemblance between the Rene Collard and the Collard-Picard wines! Still the earthy and savory meunier flavor, but with a lighter hand and more zing! This wine is a great choice when you want that mature champagne flavor, without the wait!
  • Scott Beckerley
    By: Scott Beckerley
    K&L Staff Member
    A round and full Champagne, with loads of rich fruit. Amazing bubbles, clean and linear. Toasted hazelnuts, sea salt and grapefruit zest on the nose. In the mouth, brown butter, caramel, spice and clean citrus fruit. The finish is where the Chardonnay stands out. Unlike other Pinot Meunier-based Champagnes, this one has the unmistakable minerality of fruit from Mesnil to enhance the zippy finish. I highly recommend this Champagne for those of you who are curious about Meunier-based sparklers. It is also an ideal pairing for fowl and rustic smoked meats where other Champagnes tend to fall flat.
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    The NV Collard-Picard Cuvee Selection Brut is a blend of 80% pinot meunier and 20% chardonnay. The pinot meunier is from the Collard side of the family, from Olivier’s vineyards in the western Marne Valley. Nobody else in Champagne has such mastery over the native-to-Champagne varietal as the Collard family does. Rene’s vintage champagnes were made only in the best of years and carried on the tradition of the 19th century style of champagne. Several writers refer to those wines as being in the “British” style (truffles, cognac, sherry and caramel), though we have many Americans who shop with us who claim it as their own.


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