Collard-Picard, Cuvée Prestige Brut NV
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.
Taster: Christelle Guibert