I had the absolute pleasure of tasting Champagne Collet recently on a beautiful sunny day last month. Champagne is very special but should be consumed more than just on special occasions. I believe Champagne can be splurge-worthy and is something not to overlook when enjoying a nice day with your friends or a special someone, who enjoys wine as much as you do. If I were to bring this to a party, it would be to give to people who understand Champagne enough to enjoy how fine it is.

Since 1921, Maison Collet has been producing notable champagnes that attract to a clientele of demanding wine lovers, in search of authentic, elegant and refined champagnes. Established in Aÿ, in the heart of the Champagne region, Maison Collet uses primarily Premier and Grand Crus in its wines. This displays the diversity of the Champagne terroirs within the region. This Champagne although is a great aperitif, is also a gastronomic wine, that can be paired with many different foods.

We started the reception with Spicy Tuna Tartar in a lotus cup with wasabi caviar. Paired was the Collet Blanc de Blancs Premier Cru, NV. This bottle ranges about $55 and is absolutely stunning, aged a minimum of five years, and made from the best crus of chardonnay. It’s a gold colored wine with delicate bubbles and a nose of floral notes and some citrus. On the palate, it’s lovely and complex with beautiful length.

After we sat down for a few courses paired with more Collet. The Suhu Shrimp with ginger, garlic, and soy sauce reduction was a winner with the Collet Brut Rosé and the Collet Brut Art Deco Premier Cru. I really enjoy Champagne with fried foods, and the shrimp, which was lightly fried, and dressed with the garlic ginger soy sauce, really highlighted the red fruit flavors and minerality in the rosé. The Brut Art Deco is made from 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, and 20% Pinot Meunier. Each grape contributes a quality or characteristic to this wine.

-Chardonnay adds freshness and citrus notes.

– Pinot Noir adds richness and power

– Meunier adds roundness 

The Brut Art Deco is around $40 and is exceptionally charming. The brut rosé sells for around $55 and is very seductive, tender, and harmonious. Overall these make a wonderful gift that won’t completely break the bank and for the quality of these wines, the prices are great.

After a delicious appetizer, we dove into the main course with Collet Collection Privée 2008 and the Collet Esprit Couture. Paired was the Herb Crusted Sea Bass with lemon thyme chardonnay sauce. The Brut 2008 is made from 75% Chardonnay and partly vinified in oak barrels, which brings freshness and minerality with notes of brioche. There is also 20% Pinor Noir for richness and power, and 5% Meunier to give it roundness. Overall this wine expresses beautiful pastry, butter, and apple notes with fresh lemon acidity and toasted bread flavors. This wine is complex and aged eight years! The Esprit Couture Excellence, on the other hand, is also stunning and aged a minimum of seven years. It has a nose of candied citrus with nice elegance, mineral tension in the mouth, and nice balance. This wine is hand-made and is a prestige cuvée of Maison Collet, produced as an interpretation of Haute Couture made from a rare assemblage of six selected crus, including grand crus and premier crus.

For the grand finale, we finished with Coconut Rice Pudding with peach and sage. I am not usually a fan of rice pudding, but will always try it. This dessert was paired with the Collet Demi-Sec, a luscious champagne ideal for sweets. Made from 50% Meunier and 30% Chardonnay, and 20% Pinot Noir, this wine has aged a minimum of three years and is light and crisp. It has beautiful balance and fine sweet flavors.

For those seeking some outstanding Champagnes to pair with spring and summer, I absolutely recommend Champagne Collet. These wines are great prices for the quality and elegance they express, and I guarantee you will love every single sip!