Champagne Collet finally makes its debut in Atlanta.
Established in 1921, Champagne Collet is an expert at aging wine in its centuries-old cellars.
Champagne Collet has been delighting critics and Champagne lovers for nearly a century, but nary a bottle ever made its way to thirsty Georgians until now. This past spring marked the debut of the first of many Collet bottlings in Atlanta. Made by the oldest cooperative in the Champagne region of France, Collet works with roughly 80 hectares of vineyards, retaining the best of the best grapes for their own bottlings. Its Collet Brut Art Deco NV is a blend of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier fruit from select grand cru and premier cru vineyards. Aged a minimum of four years in Collet’s centuries-old cellars, the final bubbly delivers the balance of an Olympic gymnast, vibrant freshness and a rich satisfying texture. Collet chef de caves Sébastien Walasiak recommends nursing a glass with a plate of veal or beef carpaccio, an ideal match to the wine’s creamy pineapple notes. The winery’s ultrapremium tête de cuvée, Esprit Couture, is a luminous expression of some of Champagne’s finest grand and premier cru grapes. Aged for seven years before release, it shows remarkable finesse and elegance, with lilting notes of wild strawberry and savory citrus. Order the best caviar for this bottling offered at all Buckhead Life Restaurant Group concepts ($65 per bottle), and don’t leave a drop behind.
Photography by: Steve Wells