Champagne Collin-Guillaume is a fourth-generation family estate, but the Collin Family has been cultivating vines since 1850 in Ludes in the Montagne de Reims. Roland, the current incumbent’s great-grandfather, was one of the founder of the village’s Ludes Wine Cooperative – which the family still use to make their wines today. The family farms 8.5 hectares producing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier, as well as some well-preserved old varieties like Arbanne and Petit Meslier. It’s Pauline Bereche who looks after the winery for the family today, as her parents slowly ease into retirement. As a woman of her generation, her vision has always been rooted in the family tradition of minimal intervention, sustainable viticulture, and protecting the originality of their terrior. With unconditional support from her husband, Raphael Bereche (of Bereche et Fils), Pauline is a force to be reckoned with and certainly a winemaker to keep an eye on. There’s much to come from her!
In 2015, I was lucky enough to taste Collin-Guillaume, and was blown away by their wines – especially the rosé. It was far beyond what a normal person might expect a rosé to be. It’s normally aged for at least 3 years, giving it a layer of complexity and maturity whilst still maintaining its flirtiness and coyness. I knew it had to be our house wine and was honoured to be able to put our Bubbledogs label on it. I’ve always felt it represented me well; complex, perplexing, and yet doesn’t mind a dance or two in the park on a sunny day! Plus, it was lovely to be a pair of women finding support in each other.
In 2015, I had the pleasure to taste Collin-Guillaume and was blown away by their wines and especially the rosé. It was a rosé that was far beyond what normal people’s expectations of a rosé was. It is normally aged for at least 3 years giving this rosé a layer of complexity and maturity but still maintaining its flirtiness and coyness. I knew it had to be our house wine and was more than honoured to be able to put our own label on it. I felt like it represented me well; complex, perplexing and yet I don’t mind a dance or two in the park on a sunny day! Plus, there was no better time for two women to find support in each other.
With the lifespan of Bubbledogs, my Champagne and Hot Dog bar in London’s Fitzrovia, coming to an end in its bricks-and-mortar capacity, I thought this would be the perfect time to highlight the Bubbledogs Rosé, as it’s on its final run. I do hope you purchase a bottle whilst you still can – this pour means a lot to me, and I know you’ll enjoy it too!