Champagne Collet

Brut Millésimé Champagne Blend

9.25 ratings
9.34 pro ratings
Aÿ, Vallée de la Marne, Champagne, France
Champagne Blend
Squash & Root Vegetables, Meaty & Oily Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cake & Cream, Soft Cheese, Hard Cheese, Salads & Greens, Salami & Prosciutto, Pork, Fish, Chicken, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Nuts & Seeds, Fruit & Berries, Beans & Peas, Exotic Spices, Turkey, Pungent Cheese, Shellfish, Oyster
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

8.8

I ran into @John Howard at Costco yesterday and he encouraged me to try this vintage Brut Champagne for $39.99.

The nose reveals; overripe & slightly sour, pineapple, green & golden apple, bruised Bosc pear, tropical melons, Manila mangoes, white citrus blend, a little white peach & dry apricot, nut skin, almonds, cream, notes of ginger, cream, heather honey, oyster shells, sea fossils & sea spray, some heated grey volcanics, grippy chalkiness with jasmine, yellow flowers/lilies.

The palate shows nice viscosity and a touch gummy or gluey. The mouthfeel is solid, crisp, clean & refreshing. Overripe & slightly sour, pineapple, green & golden apple, bruised Bosc pear, tropical melons, Manila mangoes, a little white peach & dry apricot, grapefruit with some pith, lemon & lime zest, nut skin, almonds, cream, caramel, vanillin, notes of ginger, cream, melted butter, heather honey, some root beer characteristics, oyster shells, sea fossils & sea spray, some heated grey volcanics, grippy chalkiness with jasmine, yellow flowers/lilies. The acidity is refreshing, zippy with crispiness. The long finish is rich, slightly sweeter than I like, nicely balanced and nicely persistent.

John did say don’t over chill this and it does get better as it warms. However, for us, this falls deeper into the oxidative realm which; is not our preference.

Photos of; the House Collet, barrel room with veins of white chalk, salon room and Collet vineyard.

I ran into @John Howard at Costco yesterday and he encouraged me to try this vintage Brut Champagne for $39.99.

The nose reveals; overripe & slightly sour, pineapple, green & golden apple, bruised Bosc pear, tropical melons, Manila mangoes, white citrus blend, a little white peach & dry apricot, nut skin, almonds, cream, notes of ginger, cream, heather honey, oyster shells, sea fossils & sea spray, some heated grey volcanics, grippy chalkiness with jasmine, yellow flowers/lilies.

The palate shows nice viscosity and a touch gummy or gluey. The mouthfeel is solid, crisp, clean & refreshing. Overripe & slightly sour, pineapple, green & golden apple, bruised Bosc pear, tropical melons, Manila mangoes, a little white peach & dry apricot, grapefruit with some pith, lemon & lime zest, nut skin, almonds, cream, caramel, vanillin, notes of ginger, cream, melted butter, heather honey, some root beer characteristics, oyster shells, sea fossils & sea spray, some heated grey volcanics, grippy chalkiness with jasmine, yellow flowers/lilies. The acidity is refreshing, zippy with crispiness. The long finish is rich, slightly sweeter than I like, nicely balanced and nicely persistent.

John did say don’t over chill this and it does get better as it warms. However, for us, this falls deeper into the oxidative realm which; is not our preference.

Photos of; the House Collet, barrel room with veins of white chalk, salon room and Collet vineyard.

Feb 29th, 2020
John Howard

Harvest production at Hirsch and Cobb Wineries

9.5

Oh man. So good!

Oh man. So good!

Feb 26th, 2020
Bryant Bickel

Nice balanced style

Nice balanced style

Mar 27th, 2018
Jules van Cruysen

Excellent. Depth of flavour. Creamy. Nice nutty noted. Luscious and complex!

Excellent. Depth of flavour. Creamy. Nice nutty noted. Luscious and complex!

1 person found it helpfulMay 13th, 2015
Matt Lyle

Matt had this 2 months ago

Matt had this 2 months ago

Mar 29th, 2020