Collet: Brut Rose

Made of 40% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir (of which 15% vinified as red) and 15% Pinot Meunier. Intense rosé color with a very elegant effervescence and soft mousse. The nose is incredibly seductive with red cherries, raspberry, strawberry, candied rose petals, foie gras with Sauternes, rhubarb compote, cooked ham, old redcurrant comfiture, raspberry macarons and a hint of leather and petroleum. This wine is so soft and sensual. On the palate you get cherry, blackcurrant, bramble berry, orange syrup and dried berries. The finish is lightly toasted with even a suggestion of truffle. Delicious! Perfect with smoked duck breast or pata negra.

Champagne Collet is part of COGEVI, one of the oldest coöperatives in Champagne founded in 1921. I had tasted some cuvées years ago and they didn’t impress me but apparently the quality standard has risen now. When you’re looking for a perfect companion for your picnics than this is it.

Rating: 85/100