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Maison Collet

Champagne Collet - Brut, Champagne, France (NV)

Champagne Collet - Brut, Champagne, France (NV)

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Great value champagne with bright citrus, quince, green apple, white peach and white florals with accents of cumin, anise, lime leaf, black tea and puff pastry on the nose. The palate follows suit, with additional tart green apple freshness. 

REGION France > Champagne 
GRAPE(S) 50% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir
ABV 12.5%
FEATURES Sustainable

This is a white Champagne made with a blend from over 100 tiny vineyard parcels throughout the region of Champagne. It exemplifies the subtlety and art of blending in the region: a consistency that is both important and historic for Champagne estates to maintain a "house style" year after year.

As the flagship of the oldest cooperative in Champagne (COGEVI), Champagne Collet’s history harkens back to the ‘Revolt Champenoise’ that began in 1911. Motivated by rampant production of fraudulent Champagne, the revolt included 6,000 wineries, and ultimately resulted in the establishment of Champagne as an appellation, defining the boundaries and regulations for the region. The village of Aÿ was at the heart of the revolt, and many buildings were burned, including the Bissinger house, which today is home to ‘La Maison COGEVI’, a museum & archive dedicated to Champagne Collet and COGEVI. Raoul Collet was one of the founders of the cooperative, which began with 181 members.

Champagne Collet was founded in 1921. It is located in the heart of Aÿ, one of Champagne’s 17 Grand Cru villages, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site within the Vallée de la Marne growing region, notable for Pinot Noir. 

Collet has the unique benefit of being able to select the best from COGEVI’s 850 member-growers and approximately 1,000 hectares of vineyards in 160 different crus (there are a total of 320 crus in Champagne). Winemaker Sebastien Walasiak uses no more than 10% of the overall vineyard yields to produce the best possible champagnes with year-to-year stylistic consistency. More than 250 ha of these vineyards are Grand Cru and Premier Cru – the best rated villages with the highest quality grapes. The remaining grapes and/or wine are sold to the larger negociants. For reference, there are now approximately 18,000 growers in Champagne (totalling 34,000 ha), and the largest cooperative, Nicholas Feuillette, has about 5,500 members. Other important co-operatives in Champagne include Henriot, Deutz and Laurent-Perrier.

The grapes are gently pressed at stations in each vineyard within one hour of being hand harvested so that the clarity of the must is not compromised. Next, an indigenous, natural primary fermentation takes place at the winery. Sebastien blends the resulting base wines of the classic Champagne varieties from hundreds of individual vineyards and several vintages – vital, because blending is the ultimate art of Champagne and is the key to maintaining Champagne Collet’s incomparable house style. The cuvées are bottled with a bit of sugar and yeast for the second fermentation, or ‘prise de mousse.’ After disgorgement, the bottles are aged far beyond the minimum requirement in the winery’s 100-year-old chalk cellars resulting in softer wines needing less dosage. Some cuvées are matured in barrels from oaks grown in the appellation.


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