Saturday, April 22, 2017

Champagne Collet, the 'Art Deco' Champagne by Philip S. Kampe

On New Year’s Eve, Champagne Collet was poured to our guests to celebrate 2017, the ‘Year of Collet’-something I jokingly said to our guests.

Now, four months later, Champagne Collet is making a resurgence into the marketplace and is making a name for itself after the brands history is beginning to catch on with the public.

Recently, I was fortunate enough to attend a dinner where the Champagne Collet portfolio was poured and paired with exquisite complex food. The mousse held up well with all dishes and, once again, proved the fact that you could serve Champagne from soup to nuts and afterwards as an aperitif. This has always been a challenge and one that quality champagne can stand up to.

Champagne Collet , historically, was the first cooperative in Champagne (1921)

Today, total production is 500,000 bottles (41,000 cases). The main three champagne varietals used are: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.  These grapes go into the ‘Premiers and Grand Crus.’

What I sampled at the wine dinner:

Champagne Collet Brut Art Deco ($42)
40% Chardonnay  40% Pinot Noir  20% Pinot Meunier
Aged 4 years minimum in chalk cellar

Champagne Collet Blanc de Blancs ($49)
100% Chardonnay
Aged 5 years in chalk cellar

Champagne Collet Brut Rose ($49)
50% Pinot Noir  40% Chardonnay  10% Pinot Meunier
Aged 4 years in chalk cellar

Champagne Collet Collection Privee 2006  ($69)
55% Chardonnay  45% Pinot Noir
Aged 7 years minimum in wood

Champagne Collet Esprit Couture  ($120)
50% Pinot Noir  40% Chardonnay  10% Pinot Meunier
Aged 5 years minimum in chalk cellar

Aging, when in wood, takes place in barrels from Champagne’s regions forests.

Champagne Collet has embraced the Art Deco period as part of its identity. The Champagne’s are cellared far beyond the minimum standards and the results show the sophistication and elegance in each bubble.

Philip S. Kampe

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