|Tasting Notes:||A perfect balance of finesse, fruitiness and personality in a high-quality, harmonious Champagne.|
|Classification:||Champagne, Cuvée de Prestige (Coeur and Premier Cuvée)|
|Grape:||Chardonnay (50%), Pinot Noir (25%), Pinot Meunier (25%)|
|Serve at:||Recommended temperature 6°C|
|Serve with:||Great on its own as an aperitif at any time. This dry, high-quality Champagne will be perfect as an accompaniment to white fish and meats, desserts and firm cheeses.|
|Soil:||A clay-limestone soil on the hillside of Côte des Blancs (Chardonnay, Grand Cru) vineyards and limestone soil in the Marne valley vineyards (Pinot Noir, Premier Cru and Pinot Meunier)|
|Dosage:||9.5 gr/l sugar|
|Cultivation:||Traditional and careful manual harvesting with grapes sorted at collection and prior to pressing|
|Vinification:||At harvest, grapes are carefully transported to a high technology modern press that manages the pressing with extreme care enabling the premier cuvée to be separated into Coeur de Cuvée and Premier Cuvée before the taille is reached. The extracted Coeur de Cuvée juice is isolated, tasted, and analyzed as it begins its long fermentation process. Throughout its maturation, the juice is regularly scrutinised by a small panel of experienced and professional oenologists to monitor its development.
Riddling and disgorgement are both mechanical processes to ensure consistent quality.
Champagne requires long aging through two or three fermentations and at Collard-Picard the first of these is done in the enormous oak containers that allow a tiny degree of oxidation through the barrel to aid fermentation for between 10 and 15 months before being transferred to stainless vats in preparation for blending. The fermentation process is managed to prevent malolactic fermentation occurring which retains its refreshing acidity in the finished champagne. The juices are blended over an extended period of four years and once blended, they enjoy a further three years of maturing in cellars which softens the acidity prior to disgorging and final bottling. The final result is a stunning champagne, not too brut, exceptionally fine bulles and a pleasure to taste and drink.