Hallgarten adds more sparkle to its Champagne portfolio
Located in Aÿ, in the heart of the Champagne region, Collet sources grapes from the top growers in Premier and Grand Cru vineyards across Vallée de la Marne, Montagne de Reims and Côtes des Blancs.
Hallgarten Wines Head of Buying, Steve Daniel comments; “Collet’s passion for and dedication to producing top quality Champagnes really stood out for us. The wines have amazing body, structure, and are balanced with incredible freshness to pair fantastically with food, so are ideal for the on-trade. Just as a chef picks their ingredients with precision, Collet selects grapes from a range of villages and growers to create their desired Champagnes.”
Champagne Collet Managing Director, Olivier Charriaud comments; “We are delighted Hallgarten are joining our ambitious project of development for Champagne Collet in the UK. We promote the same values of know-how, quality, innovation and are dedicated to our customer’s satisfaction.”
Collet age their wines far longer than the minimum requirements of a year for Non-Vintage cuvees and 3 years for Vintages, and keep the bottles in the cellar for a minimum of four and up to ten years, producing fine and elegant Champagne that reflects the house style.
The Art Deco inspired brand takes its style from 1920s France, where grape growers gathered to create the COGEVI, the first ever cooperative in Champagne following the growers’ riots of 1911, resulting in the official creation of Champagne appellation. All of the members of the cooperative brought their grapes to the same winery to create their own brand, Champagne Raoul Collet, named after its founder. Champagne Collet was born.
“Each cuvée we have brought into our portfolio represents the diversity of the region’s terroirs and has been masterfully blended showing finesse and elegance,” says Daniel.
Also joining the Hallgarten portfolio is Pinot Meunier focused grower Champagne, Lelarge-Pugeot. Managed today by husband and wife duo, Dominique Lelarge and Dominique Pugeot, and working with their children, the family owned winery has been growing vines in the Premier Cru village of Vrigny since 1789.
The 8.7 hectare vineyard is spread over 42 plots in the north eastern part of the Montagne de Reims.
The two brands join a diverse Champagne portfolio at Hallgarten, including Champagne Moutard, Champagne Bernard Remy and Champagne Hébrart.
The Champagnes joining the Hallgarten portfolio are:
Champagne Collet, Brut NV
Champagne Collet Brut, Art Déco NV
Champagne Collet Brut Rosé NV
Champagne Collet, Collection Privée Rosé Dry NV
Champagne Collet Brut, Collection Privée 2006
Champagne Lelarge-Pugeot Extra Brut 1er Cru Tradition NV
Champagne Lelarge-Pugeot Extra Brut 1er Cru Blanc de Blancs NV
Champagne Lelarge-Pugeot, Les Meuniers de Clémence, Extra Brut 1er Cru NV
Champagne Lelarge-Pugeot Nature et Non Dosé NV