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  • noble terroirs

  • Ancestral know-how

  • Uncompromising standards

  • Search for perfection

  • True passion

Coup de Coeur guide Hachette des vins 2015

Maison Collard-Picard

Privately-owned Grower - Producer champagne house

Champagne Collard-Picard was founded in 1996, building on the know-how passed down through the families of Olivier COLLARD and Caroline PICARD. With its address at 15 avenue de Champagne, Épernay, Maison Collard-Picard is steered according to uncompromising standards in matters of quality. With diplomas in viticulture-oenology, Olivier and Caroline Collard-Picard farm 15 hectares using rational pest control.

Origin

More than a family history: a true passion.

Maison Collard-Picard draws its distinctive character from the history of two Champagne families which, since 1889, have farmed two noble terroirs: the Vallée de la Marne for the COLLARD branch and the Côte des Blancs for the PICARD branch. You cannot be born into Champagne country without being imbued with the sap of its grapevines. For Maison Collard-Picard, this has seeped down through two centuries, from generation to generation. It expresses the ancestral know-how of artisans who have charted the course of a genuine passion. These are four generations, therefore, which - in the service of quality - have passed on, each to the next, the know-how involved in producing exceptional champagne.

Vineyard

Uniting the Côte des Blancs with the Vallée de la Marne

Collard-Picard champagnes acquire their magnificence from the prestigious terroir of the Côte des Blancs (Le Mesnil-sur-Oger), where Chardonnay reigns supreme. The Chardonnay is responsible for the delicacy and freshness of the wine, mixed with the nobility and authenticity of the vineyards of the Vallée de la Marne which, for their part, express all the power and complexity of the Pinot Noir and Meunier grape varieties. Truly in tune with Nature, in order to understand and sublimate it, Olivier and Caroline Collard-Picard coax it along by way of daily ministrations and an approach that is as natural as possible (tillage, grass cover, etc.).

Cellar

Subtle alliance between Tradition and Modernity

Every winter, memory, intuition and experience are combined in an act of creation that is unceasingly renewed: the blending. To the ancestral method handed down by their forebears (ageing the wines in oak barrels and sealing with cork upon bottling), Olivier and Caroline have added the requisite touch of modernity (thermoregulation of the vats and air-conditioning of the cellars).

Collard-Picard champagnes

Collard-Picard cuvées express the best of yesteryear associated with the quest for contemporary perfection. The true connoisseur, on the lookout for subtle and varied sensations, will find satisfaction in every glass. Finesse and elegance, fruitiness, diversity and the generosity of the Champagne terroir are all expressed in liquid allegory.

  • Classic

  • Prestige

  • Exceptional

Selection

Brut or demi-sec

This Blanc de Noirs champagne derives exclusively from the first batch of grape juice, called the "cuvée". Vinification without malolactic fermentation takes place in thermoregulated stainless steel vats, followed by blending with reserve wines matured in oak barrels. After three years ageing in the cellar, this cuvée is ready to be enjoyed as an aperitif, for the Brut, and ideally as a dessert wine for the Demi-Sec. A fruity champagne with a refined effervescence.

Blending: 50% Meunier and 50% Pinot Noir, Vallée de la Marne terroir.

Rosé

This champagne derives exclusively from the first batch of black grape juice. Vinification without malolactic fermentation takes place in thermoregulated stainless steel vats, followed by blending with reserve wines matured in oak barrels. The colour and the aromas of the red fruits come from the addition (during blending) of 10 to 20% red Champagne wine. A highly aromatic and rich cuvée to be enjoyed throughout a meal or to accompany a dessert based on red berries.

Blending: 50% Meunier and 50% Pinot Noir, Vallée de la Marne terroir.

Prestige

Mainly derived from the Champagne Grands Crus and Premiers Crus, it is composed of the best of the first batch of grapes (Cœurs de Cuvée and Cuvée). Cuvée Prestige benefits from vinification without malolactic fermentation and maturing in oak barrels for an average 12 to 15 months. Four years of blending then three years of cellar ageing refine this exceptional cuvée. The perfect balance between finesse, fruitiness and character make this a wine to be enjoyed at any time.

Blending: 50% Chardonnay (Côte des Blancs terroir), 25% Pinot Noir and 25% Meunier (Vallée de la Marne terroir).

Dom. Picard

Grand Cru (Blanc de Blancs)

Derived exclusively from Grand Cru-classified terroirs, this cuvée is composed of Chardonnay from the communes of Oger and Le Mesnil- sur-Oger. Wholly fabricated from the "Cœurs de Cuvée" ("heart of the cuvée"), it is vinified without malolactic fermentation and matured in oak barrels. After several years of ageing in the bottle in our cellars, this cuvée is aimed at true Chardonnay aficionados. Endowed with great freshness and finesse, this cuvée is recommended for aperitif or to accompany seafood dishes.

Cuvée des Merveilles

Premier Cru (Rosé de saignée)

This Rosé Champagne comes from a vine plot classified as Premier Cru on the Vertus terroir. In order to enable the exceptional blossoming of the flavours, the vinification technique known as "de Saignée" is used, a method that has practically died out today in the Champagne region. The alcoholic fermentation and maturing take place in oak barrels without malolactic fermentation. After several years of ageing in the bottle in our cellars, this cuvée is ready to be enjoyed, and will surprise you with its power and the originality of its fruitiness: a true marvel!

Essentiel 2006

""Considering the rich body of this millésime, I decided against the chaptalization and dosage of this cuvée, making Essentiel 2006 a champagne with no added sugar. This keeps it closer to nature, to its terroir, free of artifice. To enable the exceptional blossoming of its flavours, I leave it to rest for an extra two years after disgorging, following ageing in the cellar. When opening, you will therefore find a small cork which attests to this long waiting period, and does nothing to alter the quality of the champagne. No need for long speeches: let's cut to the chase with Essentiel 2006!"

Olivier Collard

Blending: 50% Chardonnay, 25% Meunier, 25% Pinot Noir, vinification and ageing in oak barrels without malolactic fermentation.

Cuvée des Archives Millésimée 2002

Numbered bottles produced in limited series

Deriving from the Cœurs de Cuvée from the 2002 harvest of the terroirs of the Côte des Blancs (Grand Cru) and the Vallée de la Marne, this cuvée is vinified and matured in oak barrels for 18 months on the lee, without malolactic fermentation or filtration, after the fashion of our ancestors. In the Champagne tradition of centuries past, a cork stopper with staple is put in place upon bottling, and will be kept throughout the entire ageing on racks, enabling micro-oxygenation of the wine, to help guarantee long conservation. This Cuvée d’exception can be consumed right now, but can also be aged for many more years in the calm and darkness of a temperate cellar. It will satisfy the greatest champagne aficionados with its mix of finesse and powerful flavours.

Blending: 80% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir.

Shop

At 15 Avenue de Champagne, Épernay

Faithful to the values embodied by Caroline and Olivier, quality is the absolute objective of Maison Collard-Picard. Quality is therefore the byword, rather than quantity, for the delectation of true champagne lovers. For the tasting and sale of its champagnes, Maison Collard-Picard welcomes you to visit its shop.

Contact

The cellar

1, Rue du vicomte de Chenizot
51700 Villers-sous-Châtillon

VIP visit and exclusive tasting, by appointment only. Kindly contact us.

The shop

15, Avenue de Champagne
51200 Épernay
Tél. : +33 (0)3 26 52 36 93
Fax : +33 (0)3 26 59 90 82
E-mail : collard-picard@wanadoo.fr

Open every day from 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM.