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Champagne Collet Brut Millesime 2002 - Review

Champagne, France

Our Selection for Wine of the Week December 19, 2011

A bottle of Champagne Collet Brut Millesime, our wine of the week

Champagne Collet
Brut Millésimé 2002

Champagne, France

In the early 1900s, unscrupulous Champagne producers started slipping grapes from other winegrowing regions into their cuvées to help pad inventory. A small group of winegrowers revolted and a movement, complete with riots, unfolded. Champagne Collet was a new house created in 1921 that grew out of the "Champagne Wars" and the movement to protect regional integrity. Located in Ay, the winery produces bubbly from 1,730 acres of prime vineyard. Today, Collet makes Champagnes in several styles including Brut, Brut Rosé, Demi Sec, Blanc de Blancs and a few special blends, like the Brut Millésimé. The current release of Brut Millésimé is a blend of ten specially selected wines, aged for seven years. It offers aromas of dried apple, yeast and spice. In the mouth, there's surprising freshness with crisp, tart apple and citrus notes. The wine finishes fairly long but cleanly with just a touch of minerality. We don't love the wine's texture, which is lean on effervescence, but what it lacks in bright bubbles, it makes up for in sophistication. Serve with equally sophisticated dishes like fois gras pâté, mushroom risotto or scrambled eggs topped with black truffles.

Rating: 14/20

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