Charles Collin


Charles Collin Extra Brut |Extra Brut |NV

Charles Collin

Charles Collin Extra Brut

Extra Brut NV

$84.95

Delicious wine with beautiful balance

Rated 96/100 by Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine Tasting 2020

- Low dosage 4 g/l

The dark horse of the range made exclusively with pinot noir. What strikes you is the clear and brilliant appearance, with light amber hints in the glass. The nose is alive and vivacious with fresh red cherry and citrus fruit character leaning toward pink grapefruit.

The dosage sits at just 4 g/l and provides a clear vision into the winemaking and purity of the fruit. All the fruit is was hand-selected with ageing on lees for a minimum of 4 years. Yellow fruits warm the palate with a distinct biscuity character underlying a very clean and juicy finish.

Champagne Charles Collin was founded in 1952 in the heart of the Côte des Bar region and represents over 140 grape growers with 330 hectares of vines, making them one of the largest producers in the region. Based across two sites in Fontette and Essoyes, which is coincidentally also the home of the famous impressionist Auguste Renoir. They produce an excellent range of champagne at their state-of-the-art facility, from their award-winning Brut right through to their Prestige Cuvée – Cuvée Charles, in honour of their founder Charles Collin who was the man behind the grower vision back in the early 50’s.Over 90% of the vineyards are planted with Pinot noir, the remainder being planted with chardonnay. This is reflected in the range with the wines showing purity, expression and finesse. They are a young and dynamic team led by the talented winemaker Guillaume Cartier.

96/100

"Charles Collin Extra Brut, Champagne, France has a subtle yet complex nose showing pastry and nuts, but this barely prepares you for the rush of flavour that builds through the mouth. Accompanying this is a great line of acidity that supports it well into a long finish. Caillard noted, “Intense grilled hazelnut, Amontillado and crème brulée aromas with hints of red fruits. Well-concentrated flavours with some saline notes, chalky/lacy textures and lovely creamy mousse. Finishes with a fine chalky plume and minerally stone fruit notes. Delicious wine with beautiful balance.”

Panellists: Peter Bourne, Andrew Caillard MW, Toni Paterson MW Nick Bulleid MW, David Matthews & Andrea Pritzker MW.

We like the idea of Chinese influenced Duck, be it Peking or Pancakes. A recent discovery with more mineral driven wines is the humble radish. There are some amazing radish salad recipes that would heighten some of the flavours in this wine.

About the house

Champagne Charles Collin was founded in 1952 in the heart of the Côte des Bar region and represents over 140 grape growers with 330 hectares of vines, making them one of the largest producers in the region. Based across two sites in Fontette and Essoyes, which is coincidentally also the home of the famous impressionist Auguste Renoir. They produce an excellent range of champagne at their state-of-the-art facility, from their award-winning Brut right through to their Prestige Cuvée – Cuvée Charles, in honour of their founder Charles Collin who was the man behind the grower vision back in the early 50’s.Over 90% of the vineyards are planted with Pinot noir, the remainder being planted with chardonnay. This is reflected in the range with the wines showing purity, expression and finesse. They are a young and dynamic team led by the talented winemaker Guillaume Cartier.

Food pairing

We like the idea of Chinese influenced Duck, be it Peking or Pancakes. A recent discovery with more mineral driven wines is the humble radish. There are some amazing radish salad recipes that would heighten some of the flavours in this wine.

Reviews

96/100

"Charles Collin Extra Brut, Champagne, France has a subtle yet complex nose showing pastry and nuts, but this barely prepares you for the rush of flavour that builds through the mouth. Accompanying this is a great line of acidity that supports it well into a long finish. Caillard noted, “Intense grilled hazelnut, Amontillado and crème brulée aromas with hints of red fruits. Well-concentrated flavours with some saline notes, chalky/lacy textures and lovely creamy mousse. Finishes with a fine chalky plume and minerally stone fruit notes. Delicious wine with beautiful balance.”

Panellists: Peter Bourne, Andrew Caillard MW, Toni Paterson MW Nick Bulleid MW, David Matthews & Andrea Pritzker MW.

Descriptors & Texture


Pinot Noir Dominant

Orchard Fruit


Red Apple Pear

Stone Fruit


White Peach

Citrus Fruit


Lemon