Ulysse Collin


Ulysse Collin 'Les Maillons' Base 2016 |Blanc de Noirs |NV

Ulysse Collin

Ulysse Collin 'Les Maillons' Base 2016

Blanc de Noirs NV

$220.00

- Uber rare producer based in the Côte de Sezanne

- Single vineyard examples using oak barrel to complexity and depth

- Pair with Caviar and truffled cheese toastie

This is one very special Champagne and we are thrilled to have an allocation of this rare gem! Exquisite house Ulysse Collin produces 'Les Maillons' which is bound to become the hot topic of your next dinner party.

This is a superb Pinot terroir and can ripen the grapes to north of 12% potential alcohol easily—something very rare in Champagne. The current release includes a significantly higher portion of reserve wine than previously, (and is all the better for it!), and was aged in three to 6-year-old barrels (including some foudres) for the first seven months of its life. Disgorged with only 2.4 grams. This a gloriously perfumed, red-fruited wine with wonderful purity and mineral energy. 

This has the 2016 base wine, disgorged late 2020. The beautifully textured and perfumed Blanc de Noirs comes from a site called Les Maillons in Barbonne-Fayel, near the town of Sézanne (in the Côte de Sézanne). From the 'Les Maillons’ 6 hectares, Collin farms 2.5 hectares and is the only grower to work the soil here.

Make sure you grab this while you can, strictly limited stocks available.

Today the fame of the Coteaux du Petit Morin and Côte de Sézanne terroirs—for lovers of great grower wines anyway—rest on the shoulders of one vigneron. It’s just as well that those shoulders belong to Olivier Collin. Collin was one of a group of young growers (several of whom are now revered) who fell into the orbit of Anselme Selosse – who he ended up working with in 2001. Fast forward four years and Collin had managed to untangle his family’s 8 hectares of vines from the lengthy, byzantine contracts his family had made with Pommery, and the Coteaux du Petit Morin had a star in the making. By 2012, Antonio Galloni was compelled to write that: “There is little question Collin’s wines are now on the same level as those of his mentor, Anselme Selosse.” Whether you agree with that sentiment or not, there’s no hiding from the fact that this grower’s wines today represent some of the finest in Champagne.

Without going into chapter and verse, Collin’s vineyards are ploughed and yields are strictly controlled when required. The grass is allowed to grow naturally during the winter, no herbicides or pesticides are used and strict sorting occurs at harvest. In the Congy cellar, the grapes are pressed in a traditional 1950s Coquard press and the juice is vinified in a growing collection of large-format barrels and foudre, with no added yeasts (or anything else). Collin neither fines nor filters and ages each pressing separately in old barrels of varying sizes, after which they are blended and bottled in July. Collin disgorges after a minimum 24 months on lees with a tiny 1-3 grams dosage.

In short, these are some of the most original and outstanding terroir-driven wines emanating from Champagne. They are simply ‘required drinking’ for both students of Champagne in general and followers of the greatest grower wines in particular. 

A premium Caviar or truffled cheese toastie.

About the house

Today the fame of the Coteaux du Petit Morin and Côte de Sézanne terroirs—for lovers of great grower wines anyway—rest on the shoulders of one vigneron. It’s just as well that those shoulders belong to Olivier Collin. Collin was one of a group of young growers (several of whom are now revered) who fell into the orbit of Anselme Selosse – who he ended up working with in 2001. Fast forward four years and Collin had managed to untangle his family’s 8 hectares of vines from the lengthy, byzantine contracts his family had made with Pommery, and the Coteaux du Petit Morin had a star in the making. By 2012, Antonio Galloni was compelled to write that: “There is little question Collin’s wines are now on the same level as those of his mentor, Anselme Selosse.” Whether you agree with that sentiment or not, there’s no hiding from the fact that this grower’s wines today represent some of the finest in Champagne.

Without going into chapter and verse, Collin’s vineyards are ploughed and yields are strictly controlled when required. The grass is allowed to grow naturally during the winter, no herbicides or pesticides are used and strict sorting occurs at harvest. In the Congy cellar, the grapes are pressed in a traditional 1950s Coquard press and the juice is vinified in a growing collection of large-format barrels and foudre, with no added yeasts (or anything else). Collin neither fines nor filters and ages each pressing separately in old barrels of varying sizes, after which they are blended and bottled in July. Collin disgorges after a minimum 24 months on lees with a tiny 1-3 grams dosage.

In short, these are some of the most original and outstanding terroir-driven wines emanating from Champagne. They are simply ‘required drinking’ for both students of Champagne in general and followers of the greatest grower wines in particular. 

Food suggestion

A premium Caviar or truffled cheese toastie.

Descriptors & Texture


Pinot Noir Dominant

Winemaking


Barrel-fermented Extra Brut Barrel-maturation Aged 4 Years on Lees

Earth


Mineral Salty Chalky

Stone Fruit


Cherry

Herbs & Spices


Spice