Cuvee Prestige Champagne Brut NV, Collard-Picard, France
A beautiful extra brut Champagne that balances finesse and fruitiness. The Cuvée Prestige is probably the best value luxury Champagne in the market. It resembles Krug Grande Cuvée for its high percentage of old reserve wines, being at least 70% of the blend, and for being aged in neutral wood -12 -15 months on the fine lees.
The blend is 50% Grand Cru Chardonnay from Le Mesnil sur Oger and Oger, and 25% Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. It hasn't gone through malolactic fermentation, so don't expect a creamy Champagne, but it has a lovely texture all the same. Collard Picard Prestige current blend is 9 years 2008 to 2016.
Our top tip: Serve it in white wine glasses and you will be amply rewarded.